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Tim Westwood Interview


1998. David Batty missed a penalty, Titanic is the first ever film to gross a billion dollars, Hugo Chavez wins his first election in Venezuela and The Lighthouse Family are still a thing. In amongst these epochal moments for the history of a year where I took my GCSEs I discover that there is somewhere else other than MTV and prowling the import Cd section of HMV to find new hip hop – BBC Radio One.

I was completely oblivious to the presence of Tim Westwood on the nation’s biggest radio station for the best part of my first two years of obsession with hip hop, only discovering it by chance when I stayed in long enough to hear the end of  (I think) Pete Tong’s show one Saturday night. There was basically an explosion, a rapper I had no idea of going “It’s Saturday, It’s Saturday, and what is this, it’s Timmy” before some genuinely legit (to my 16-year-old ears) patois launched into some absolute fire. From then on I was hooked.

It wasn’t always great listening – I can remember an episdoe with Noreaga the same year which confirmed my belief (at the time, since changed) he was horrendous – but it was one of the best ways to discover new music. It also helped me get better and deciphering music I’d heard about trying to figure out who it was (Tim wasn’t always the greatest at saying track names), so I’d read about music in The Source (also discovered in 1998) and then wait till Tim would play it.

One of these tracks was ‘My Name is’, the killer combo of Tim and The Source hyping me up to Eminem months before he released the track. Slim Shady was my first genuine real-time discovery of an emcee (something I’ve talked about on here before), having got only gotten properly into both Biggie and Tupac after they died and being far too young to experience Wu Tang, Snoop and countless others. Westwood was the only British bridge I had to these ridiculously exciting and exotic sounds from over the Atlantic, so to this day I’m hugely indebted for everything he helped me discover music too. People harp on about John Peel, Tim Dog was considerably more worthwhile to me.

So it was a genuine moment when I got to interview him as part of my day job at Skiddle. There are no real revelations in there, just a chat between two white blokes completely enamoured with this brilliant form of music. Read the Tim Westwood Skiddle interview.

Jay-Z album – Magna Carta Holy Grail (Darren’s thoughts)


The above Photo speaks volumes about what in my opinion Jay-Z has brought to Hip-Hop… corporate thinking that has taken the focus away from the struggles of ordinary African-Americans. I’ve seen numerous interviews with the man on Television & in print over the years, with the impression I always get is his OWN feeling of self-importance – maybe it’s cultural perhaps with him being an American and a rapper?

After watching the below short video from Samsung – yeah that’s correct.
Hip-Hop has gone from it’s understandable connection with Street Culture especially Fashion to now sadly selling Mobile Phones for a South Korean Multinational.

You’ll be understanding my viewpoint after this Promotional Advert for Jay-Z new album out on the *4th of July (as one does) –

Magna Carta Holy Grail‘…

The manner of the advert in making Jay-Z appear as if some form genius is laughable, I suggest it’s more to do with having Corporations constantly informing us (the 99%) that he is?

After seeing that ‘Glory/Worship Fest’ of Jay-Z, I connected it with a conversation that BBC Hip-Hop DJ – Tim Westwood had with 50 Cent around sarcastic remarks made by Jay-Z regarding Mr. Cent.

What results is a very interesting analysis from 50 Cent on the psychology of Jay-Z in late 2009.

Watch from 3mins : 30secs onwards…

Hip-Hop is now under the tight control of the Corporate Elite, as they realised the raw power of the music as a way to improve humanity for the 99% in raising awareness of social inequality & bringing diverse people together – therefore ending ignorance. As mentioned in my now extensive archive on this website; culture has been hijacked by a Western Elite with the aim of lowering the intelligence of Consumers yet maximising profits. This is why Musicians with the Political Strength of John Lennon or Joan Baez aren’t around these days, but the current crop who are endorse everything from Luxury Cars to Chewing Gum.

Ask yourself is life in this early 21st Century Perfect, are all the problems of Humanity been successfully eradicated?

The answer sadly & possibly tragically for all of us is NO…

Article: ‘Yes He Can… start World War 3…!!!’ – Planet X, Friday, 14th June 2013

I’ll end this article with a surprising recent upload on Tim Westwood’s vast YouTube Channel, something that he was involved way back in 1990. That being a time when Rappers might not have had Off-shore Bank Accounts yet could understand the ordinary person on the street…

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Jay-Z released his breakthrough Album –
‘The Blueprint’ on Tuesday 11th September 2001 with some it actually being recorded in Manhattan (Manhattan Center Studios)

Busta Rhymes & the Flipmode Squad – Five for the Funk

First in line for Friday’s five for the Funk series is a look at Busta Rhymes and the Flipmode Squad, in their late nineties heyday rather than the rather lame Conglomerate version. LONS might have been the original template for Busta to bring his madcap genius to the fore (case in point that Arsenio performance), but his late nineties crew were mad underrated as well, winning a source award and dropping a decent album in the form of ‘The Imperial’.

Although later line-ups would include emissaries such as Papoose and Noreaga, this was the genuine golden era of the group – alongside Busta they had one of the nicest female emcees of the period in Outsidaz’ Rah Digga, Ragga voiced Serious (who left before the Imperial was recorded and then went on to produce for No Limit) the pre-pubescent looking Baby Sham, the fairly wack on his own but decent enough to hold court in a crew Rampage the last Boy Scout, Busta’s greatest ever hype man Spliff Star and the quite simply amazing Lord Have Mercy.

Like Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 on crack, Lord had one of the greatest voices hip-hop has ever seen and a ridiculously short career. Anyone that makes you stop and listen more than Busta Rhymes on a posse cut nigh n every time he dropped a verse is a true star despite a relative lack of consistent quality, and the acrimony behind him leaving probably had something to do with said ability.

So here’s five of the best records the crew produced, from a point when Busta really was at his creative best. Enjoy.

‘Cha Cha Cha’

The quintessential Flipmode joint, Spliff Star sets the tone, Rah Digga drops her gravel voiced niceness, Busta has that madcap hook locked down and even Baby Sham does well. And the video has Busta as a matador! Awesome beat too, easily one of the best hip-hop tracks of the last two years of the nineties.

‘Everybody on the Line’

Following on from the flamenco theme of ‘Cha Cha Cha’, the other single off ‘The Imperial’ is also firmly rooted in that late nineties production mindset and the type of banger you can imagine being moodily lapped up in the Tunnel and on Hot 97 (it also made Westwood’s show on more than one occasion). You can also see Lord ripping it up on BET here as well.

‘We could Take it Outside’

As stated previously Lord’s sheer vocal presence often outweighed even that of Busta on wax, and arguably the greatest example of it is here. The Swizz Beatz production has that joyous 90s feel about it (his at the time futuristic strings were unlike anything else on the musical landscape), Rah Digga drops a trademark killer line (‘waiting on mine like I’m the LL comeback’) and then Lord just savages proceedings before Busta tries to claw the focus back at the end. A proper good posse cut.

‘Against all Odds’

Off the ELE album from Busta; and his apocalyptic fascinations get fed into by his crew brilliantly. The late nineties hip-hop obsession with the end of the world and the millennium bug was a bit silly though, wasn’t it?

‘Flipmode is the Squad’

Rampage wasn’t the best emcee but he could hold his own in a posse cut, and this one from his ‘Scout’s Honor… by Way of Blood‘ is certainly a great example of that. Boasting the same raw and at ’em bass driven production from DJ Scratch which was a big part of ‘The Coming’ era Busta, this is straight up mid 90s head nod brilliance. The frantic delivery, ODB style wailing, Serious’ rough hewn singing-cum-rapping, obligatory show stealing verse from Bus-a-bus and, of course, Lord Have, make this the kind of cut you imagine soundtracked weed smoking car journeys in NYC at the time.

Skream & Benga’s show

Benga and Skream in Big Apple records Croydon, circa 2001 - photo by John Kennedy

When Gilles Peterson left BBC Radio One there was outcry. Quite why when his music was on at ridiculous times of the morning and definitely not for the youth (the whole premise of the station) was beyond me, particularly as this meant he would get a longer show in the daytime on 6Music. Although that tempered the sometimes colourful language of his show it made things better, and the results have been tremendous so far.

Also the most high profile arrivals on radio one have been similarly an inspired move. Even if you aren’t a fan of bass music in it’s myriad of forms the undoubted star quality of Skream & Benga has made for great radio, their patter between tunes thoroughly reflective of two young men whose musical ruminations have been slowly conquering the globe since they were teenagers. Dubbed as ‘Beats, Bass and Banter’ it’s classic dance music programming in the rich heritage of the BBC’s twenty plus years of pushing it, including Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Danny Rampling and even early Judge Jules.

Some of the sounds are a bit intense at times, especially for those of us the wrong side of 30, but everything from the Garage MC harkbacks to the show jacking (Tim Westwood received a hilarious rip of his RnB histrionics one week) makes for wonderful viewing. And the whole thing works like a DJ set as well, the sounds getting more and more speaker shredding as the evening goes on. If anything, this should really be a primetime slot on Saturday evening for the station.

The show starts at 11pm tonight, more details hit here.

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