Westwood – Capital Rap Show 29 January 1988 [Feat Demon Boyz Session]

Here’s another one of those dusty old Capital Rap Shows with a 3 track session intact. This time from the Demon Boyz. That’s boyz, with a zed. It isnt the best quality but the rest of the content makes up for that.


DL here https://hiphopradioarchive.org/show/181

If you dont get goosebumps when Tim drops the Heavy D promo before describing Strong Island as ‘the biggest selling record in the street’ you probably shouldnt be here.

It’s a single sided tape from this week 30 years ago, Westwood drops classic tracks, and he’s also keen for listeners to watch his TV show Night Network. He plays the Demon Boyz session, and refers to Chuck New as ‘The unacknowledged genius of Rap’. He’s HEAVY on the patter with classic lines like Full effectiveness/ Dancefloor Justice/ No left turn, no right turn, straight ahead to the t.o.p.’ CLASSIC Westwood ! He also describes tunes as ‘King Size Acetates’ and describes himself as ‘Safer than a suicide’ !?!

He plays the wrong tune at the very start of the show, then he says that he will be hosting his last segment with Chris Forbes on All Right All Night the following week. The funny thing about this is that he mentions performing at Live to London from Cinderella Rockerfellas, which was a Peter Stringfellow club in Central London. And he says that he wont be doing any more All Right All Night because he wants to ‘concentrate on the Friday night Capital Rap Show’. Thank christ he did ! He offers shouts to London Posse members MC Rodie Rok [Rodney P] & DJ Biznizz at the end too.

Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – New Kids on the Block [Accidental spin]
Boogie Down Productions – My Philosophy
Mic Break
Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – New Kids on the Block
Mic Break [First mention of the Cold Chillin Tour]
Mantronix – Join Me Please [Home Boys – Make Some Noise]
Mic Break [Night Network]
Demon Boyz Session [Untitled/ Lyrical Culture/ Untitled]
Biz Markie – Vapors
Biz is Goin Off
Professor Griff ID
Heavy D & The Boys ID
JVC Force – Strong Island
Mic Break
Version Excursion Competition
Lyn Collins – Think
Roxanne Shante – Go On Girl
Rob Base – It Takes Two
MC Rodie Rok/ DJ Biznizz shout


Why DID more Hip Hop to TDK ?

Why DID more Hip Hop to TDK ? Probably because early adopters and standard bearers of cool like the Chrome Angelz were co-signing them, and us kiddies jumped on that brandwagon!
Mike TDK Pride
Pride and TCA are some of my favourite graff writers, and unquestionably the finest artists from the UK. Prides’ work for TDK way back in 87 for this TDK calendar from 1988 remains an incredible piece of work.
MIKE ALLEN TDK CALENDAR 1988 TCA Close-Up Pride wmark
It’s the piece that has been widely used for anything to do with Mike Allen when he was doing promotion for his Capital Radio Rap/ Hip-Hop Show AKA Allen’s Army on Manoeuvres. Just thought some of ya might enjoy seein it again in its original form…
MIKE ALLEN TDK CALENDAR 1988 of the Chrome Angels wmark

Westwood Feat Ice-T Interview & Heavy D Session – October 1988

The Hiatus Is Back Off, again. And RRR return from our Summer break, energized by the exhaustive and industrious efforts of DJ Stretch Armstrong who has been inspiring us with his recent shares. This time we reach into the archives and pluck out a cassette from 1988, featuring the ‘Sound of Rap n Roll’ from the legendary Capital Rap Show, and UK pioneer Tim Westwood.

Tim Westwood has widely been regarded as the most important figure in UK Rap radio. He was responsible for promoting Hip-Hop and Rap here from as far back as his early days on pirate stations during the early Eighties. He was [and still is] a DJ, a promoter, a TV personality and a label owner, passionately espousing all facets of the culture and chartering himself as a spokesperson, when it was fundamentally finding it’s feet across Great Britain.

Tim Westwood

This tape from October 1988 captures the golden era of Rap broadcasting in all its hissy FM glory. It’s also something that artists, djs, producers and heads outside the UK fiended for back then, in much the same way British industry insiders and consumers fiended to hear the iconic and influential sounds of DJ Red Alert or Mr Magic coming out of NY. The year was coming to a close and one of the most important alblums in Rap had just dropped, Ultramagnetic MCs Critical Beatdown or, as you’ll note on the tape via the amped up goofballs of young Tim, an alblum by the name of Critical Breakdown [Tim tripped his lips with numerous on-air fails over the years but it never doused the spirit of what he was doing or the importance of the music he was playing]. The cassette, a crispy and balanced TDK SA90, was recorded over a couple of weekends during a visit to London, and was pause-buttoned to avoid ads, wack tunes, too much chat and to capture tracks that were simply bangers and to catch some ‘spectacular, high grade vernacular’ from an interview with ‘rhyme boss of the Syndicate alliance’ Ice T.

Ice T [Glen E Friedman]

The tape begins with a super-duty station ID from Public Enemys Chuck D and Flavor Flav, authenticating if there was any doubt, Westwoods position at Capital Radio and therefore within the community. Tim then kicks off the show with his first fail, he plays the opening few bars of the first track before remembering that he has to play his signature ‘legendary’ opener promo from Boogie Down Productions’ KRS One. It’s at this point that we get down to business, a goose-bump inducing Evil Dead promo, some Floyd Pepper, and the grand incredible sounds of Ultras’ Ease Back, being played for what sounds like the first time. A Mikey Dread promo re-introduces our presenter and we kick off the show properly after this. Unfortunately at 5:08 the impatient blade of the pause-button makes an appearance and we jump straight from Tim to some more promos from the Fat Boys and Sir Drew [from UK pioneers the Mighty Ethnicz]. At 5:53 Comptons King Tee and his alblum title track Act A Fool have the listener reaching for a neck-brace while listening to this vintage head-nodder, before the Paul C produced classic Give The Drummer Some comes in. At 12:28 Tim informs us that he’s ‘Rock Shockin That Funky Beat’ over a classic Cerrone bed before instructing us to tune in to his TV show on Night Network the following Friday. Ultra appear again with Ain’t It Good To You after a random Shinehead drop. After more unfortunate pause action, the first UK track appears from Demon Boyz as they ‘distress the rhythm’ with Vibes [including that Dario Argento intro dialogue].

Over a bed of Experience Unlimiteds go-go classic Knock Him Out Sugar Ray, Tim gives us a rundown of the weekly record sales in London with the Capital Rap Report. The chart places in the top 10 are bursting at the seams with a list of Rap gems including In Control Volume 1, 900 Number [The Sound of the Street], Sugar Bear, Night of the Living Bassheads and It Takes Two. At this point Ice-T suddenly appears in the studio [on the tape], explaining that Def Jef, the next cut on the show, was originally a Syndicate member before heading to work with the Dust Brothers at Delicious Vinyl. Tim also gets intensive with the questioning when asking ‘Did you ever get hurt when you were in the gangs’ ? Around the 34 minute mark, the phone-in Version Excursion competition has caused the Capital exchange to ‘go bionic’ and that the board has lit up ‘Christmas Style’ with the competition entrys.

Heavy D only has one leg shock

At 38:30, an older session gets aired. Heavy D appears along with Trouble T-Roy & other various Boyz. DJ Eddie F drops some Bobby Byrd bonus beats while the Overweight Lover drops a few rhymes from the Barry Manilow themed We Write the Songs, as well as few lines ‘off the top’. Were reminded that Tone LOCK, was ‘strictly armed & dangerous’ with DJ M-Walk, we hear a superfluous track by Cool D, some more UK plastic from the London Rhyme Syndicate and then were blessed another Capital Rap Report from the 2nd Friday of the holiday, as Tim sends young consumers on a wild-goose chase [over a deftly looped version of Stanley Turrentines’ Sister Sanctified], telling us that Ultramagnetic MCs LP Critical Breakdown has risen to the number one spot.

At 1:06:43 Tim gives a respectful nod to the old school by introducing ‘a new regular freature’ of playing one track each week from the days of way back. This weeks jammy, from the 1983 soundtrack to the Wildstyle movie, is a short-lived Double Trouble Live at the Amphitheater. Over some more Wildstyle beats, Tim continues to questions Ice and asks about the sexist imagery on his LP artwork, before we reach the end of the tape, with Tim signing off with his trademark “Thats all from me Westwood, im outta here, Peace” !!

Again, huge trumunganoid propers to the king of Cadbury, DJ Stretch Armstrong, thanks for the incentive and aaaayoo, the stimulation. Check out why here: https://medium.com/@StretchArmy

Til next time, remember, ‘Stay locked in or left out’.

Bono reaches out to Ice T – Jeff Young Big Beat Show 1988

It is easy to forget the effect Rap and Hip-Hop culture were having on not only the fans, but music industry heads during the 80s, people that werent exactly embedded in Hip-Hop circles or part of the black music scene of the time.

What is interesting is listening back and rediscovering just how much Rap was being underestimated in terms of popularity and how much enthusiasm some of these people had for a fundamentally new music and what became the voice of a new generation. It was influencing them enough to discuss it on national radio. RRR was reminded recently about legendary DJ John Peel recalling his attendance at the UK Fresh music festival in 1986, and how he’d been mesmerised by the actions of Word of Mouth and more importantly, World Champion DJ Cheese.

Above is another example of the mainstream discovering the power and compelling nature of Rap, this time from late 1988. The clip features Jeff Young interviewing Ice T on the weekly Rap and Dance show The Big Beat, on the most successful, and to this day, most popular UK radio station BBC Radio1. Jeff alerts Ice for the first time to the fact that rock monsters U2 had shown more than a passing interest in finding a copy of his first album Rhyme Pays whilst being interviewed by ex-Old Grey Whistle Test presenter [and the female John Peel] Annie Nightingale, in an interview a couple of months previous. Turns out that Ice had already been approached by U2 about a collabo. Thankfully Ice was busy at the time.

Bono was so amped that he asked the listeners on-air, ‘There must be a copy in London – if anyone out there actually has a copy, please bring it round’.

Jeff Young

Huge propers to Sparkdala for the original cassette.