Tim Westwood – Who Stole my 2Pac Promo ?

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Sometime in the mid-late 90s, Tim Westwood played at a dance, it was on his birthday, and he was grindin. He couldve been partyin elsewhere but he was puttin in that work. The jam was at Hallam University in Sheffield.

Unfortunately he had 2 records stolen from the booth by ‘some thick-set white kid’ [while he was playing Punjabi MC]. Soon after that night, he was back on air, and he was maddened about his shit gettin ganked, and spent a fair amount of the show that night protesting about how his promo of Pac had been boosted.

Tim got his records pinched at a dance in Sheffield, but he only realised when he got back to London. And the bizarre thing is, he was happy to drive straight back to Sheffield to ‘ask’ for his joints back. And trust, he was planning on ‘listening to 50 CENTS all the way’ as you’ll discover from the clip.

Large ups to the thick-set white kid who had some testes to try it on, and to Mr Westwood of course, but the question remains, did Tim ever get his joints back?

Westwood Capital Rap Show – 11 December 1993


This tape is another doozy from Mr Lawsons mighty archives. No freestyles or interviews but with all the good music, it shouldnt disappoint. There are a few adverts that might imbue a chuckle or two too. And there’s an almost comical promo from The Squadron right at the end of the tape [I think they were the crew of interns and assistants who helped out on the show, answering phones etc]. And if you are from South London, and blunts were a part of your life in 93, Tims’ mention of Johnny One Stop Blunts in Clapham/ Brixton will take you right back, if you can remember that far haha….

Snoop – Pump Pump
Snoop – Serial Killa Feat DOC, RBX, Dogg Pound
Cypress Hill ‘Smell the smoke’ ID
Mic Break
KRS 100 Guns ID
KRS – Sound of the Police Remix
KRS 95.8 ID
Shyheim – On & On Primo Mix
Nas – It Aint Hard To Tell
Snoop – Gin & Juice
Snoop – La Di Da Di
Domino – AFD
Mic Break
Vauxhall Astra
Radio Times
Reject Shop
Father [MC] Gig
De La Soul ID
KRs – Hip-Hop vs Rap
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo ID
YG’z – Itchy Trigger Finger
Wu – C.R.E.A.M.
Little Meeky & Daddy Meeky Ya Fool Again ID
Ice Cube – Cave Bitch
Ice Cube – Ghetto Bird
Mic Break
Johnny One Stop Blunts
Sega Thunderhawk Flight Sim
Reject Shop
Father [MC] Gig
Jodeci ID
Jodeci & Redman – You Got It
Jodeci – Gimme All You Got
Mic Break
Chris Rea
Borland Software
Doctor Fox/ Kit-Kat
Sega Thunderhawk Flight Sim
Shabba Ranks – Shine & Criss
Mad Cobra – Find And Kill
Bounty Killer – Kill Fi Fun
Bounty Killer – ???
Pan Head – Proud
Risto Benji – Too Much Pirate
Tony Curtis – Weak
Capleton – Bad So
Mic Break
Vauxhall Astra
Pink Lady
Visit Holland
Father [MC] Gig
Queen Latifah ID
Queen Latifah & Heavy D, KRS-One, Treach – Rough
Mad Cobra ID
Squadron Westwood Promo

Westwood – Capital Rap Show Feat Andre Harrell Interview – 10 May 1991

On this Capital Rap Show from May 1991, there’s a great interview with Andre Harrell, one part of the duo behind some of the first flushes of Rap on Profile Records [Dr.Jeckyll & Mr.Hyde]. Harrell started Uptown Records alongside Puffy in 86 and is considered one of the most iconic figures within the industry of Hip-Hop & Rap. He took Hip-Hop & Rap to unexpected places in the Nineties along with producers like Teddy Riley & Marley Marl, and people like Puffy. Here he discusses the world of Harlem, Buppy Rap, his movie project ‘Go Natalie’ [A working title, it switched up to ‘Strictly Business’ by the time of release], and why he switched from performing under the Dr.Jeckyll & Mr.Hyde moniker to artist management etc.

Tim also uses terms like ‘Stressin to the Bone’, which is never unfunny.


As well as that, Westwood plays tracks off the NWA LP Niggaz4Life which was due to hit the streets in the following weeks, the World Premiere of Heavy D’s Hip-Pop classic ‘Now That We’ve Found Love’ is dropped, he plays yet another alternate version of Marley Marl No BS [with the ‘I’m Your Puppet’ break and the Mr Magic diss removed] as well as another version of the LL cut I Get Busy [with yet more alternate lyrics].

NB: Jonathan Shecter AKA @sheckygreen AKA Jay the Sultan, also mentions a compelling performance during The Source Magazine weekly update: At a surprise birthday party for MC Serch at the Redzone, all four members of the cast of ‘Live At The BBQ’ appeared on stage, to perform ‘Live At The BBQ’. Now that’s some Hip-Hop holy grail ‘isht !!!


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’.