Original Gangstas

The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap

By Ben Westhoff

book cover of Original Gangstas

Ben Westhoff, AB ’99, former music editor for L.A. Weekly, spent five years researching his book Original Gangstas. The resulting book is “stunning” and “required reading” according to the New York Daily News. Westhoff not only reveals fascinating details about the members of the rap group N.W.A., he also guesses the most logical theory as to who killed Tupac Shakur. Plus, he covers the terrifying rise of Suge Knight, head of Death Row Records, who used violence to keep his recording artists in line.

Comments and respectful dialogue are encouraged, but content will be moderated. Please, no personal attacks, obscenity or profanity, selling of commercial products, or endorsements of political candidates or positions. We reserve the right to remove any inappropriate comments. We also cannot address individual medical concerns or provide medical advice in this forum.