Ben Westhoff is an award-winning journalist and author of Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap. He’s the former L.A. Weekly music editor, and a writer-at-large for The Guardian whose work has also appeared in the Library of Congress, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Rolling Stone, and Vice.
September 11, 2017
Former LA Weekly music editor Ben Westhoff joins Amy this week to discuss the 1995 Ice Cube film “Friday” They talk about the movie’s cultural timing, how it subverts audience expectations, and the power in writing characters that aren’t cool. Plus, they note the change in weed culture since the 90s and try to answer the question: How did Ice Cube get dumber? Does “Friday” merit a spot in The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now!
This episode is sponsored by the Harold Ramis Film School.