Westwood – Kool G Rap [Live to London] October 1991

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This post is dedicated to the haters, to the surprising number of people that cuss Tim Westwood on the socials; for his choices of career path, his presentation style, for his passion, for his involvement in creating a culture and a soundtrack for a generation or two, yeh, this ones’ for you smart-mouth ! My Mum always taught me, ‘If you dont have anything nice to say about someone, say nothin’.

I’m amazed at how many people from my generation want to put Tim down, so many people are still sippin on that Haterade and riffin, when they could be a positive force. RRR post these shows for those that enjoyed the broadcasts at the time, for those of us that were travelling to jams and carryin on in the back of the car en route to a jam of their own. It’s for those that blasted these iconic tunes on the radio, the first time round, as the musical accompaniment to our weekends ! These shows are for the people that kept hold of those tapes and pop in an old dusty one when the mood takes them. We also care about the yoot dem, so we share these as a form of education for those younger generations that wanna discover the Hip-Hop that marketing men and women the world over talk about.

This is for those that even performed with Westwood at Live to London jams, it’s for those that just seem to enjoy drama these days, and for some reason, seem to use the cultural banner of Hip-Hop as a crutch. Yo, that crutch has been kicked from under you, you farcical fool. Hip-Hop and Rap in their purist form are not about histrionics, incongruous gossip or bitchmove drama, it’s all about Peace, UNITY, Love and Havin Fun !!!!!

Therefore, if you dont like Westwood, then you probably shouldnt be listening to this. Because that would make you a hypocrite. For the rest of us with a less blinkered attitude, it’s a different story, this is one of the freshest dopest Live to London sets that RRR has ever laid ears on, enjoy…..

As well as broadcasting the sounds of Hip-Hop since the mid-80s, Tim Westwood was always hugely in favour of bringing the party ‘To the Streets’ and by the time October 1991 rolled around, the Big Dawg of British Rap radio had already been playing club sets for years and was ‘guaranteed to rock a party’. This tape [from the days of The Arch in Vauxhall, and The Slammer in Gravesend, two UK venues synonymous with Westwood and the Rap club circuit of the period] was generously supplied by ex-label and industry head, Mr Lawson, and is proof of such. The Live to London sessions started on the Capital Rap Show around the late 80s and continued for years, with Tim creating a direct platform for American artists to perform in front of British audiences for the first time, in London and across the UK, promoting their releases, and their identity. These sessions went live to air on 95.8 FM for segments of each Live to London Capital Radio broadcast, the actual parties ‘rocked on’ until 5am.

This session starts with bangers, goes into some Hip-Pop in the form of O.P.P. and Fu-Schnickens, before launching into an underrated Ragga set. Tim was a huge proponent of Ragga and Dancehall, dropped it in virtually every set, and probably does to this day. He naturally played the prevailing ‘riddims’ of the time, but listen out for the ‘dub-plate specials’ he was blessed with by artists like Cutty Ranks, Mad Cobra, Daddy Meeky & Little Meeky and Daddy Woody. Advocating Tims position and confirming that ‘Westwood, He Run The Road’ on one selection. The iconic and faultless ‘Yush’ promo by Mad Cobra kicks off the Ragga section of the set. Remember, these promos and ‘dub-plates’ were never released to anyone other than Tim, on albums, CDs, anywhere. He talks more about them in the clip below too. Towards the end of the set you can warm to the intimidating menace of Kool G Rap live on stage, performing a short-set to promote a full concert at Hammersmith Palais. He spits a few bars over Peter Piper & Paul C beats and the tape ultimately comes to a close with some more ’91 classics.

Tims delivery on the mic is absurdly entertaining throughout this tape, most notably as he proudly announces Juice Crew Manager Fly Ty is in the building. His delivery of shout-outs to people from other sound-systems is also golden, as is the moment that he jumps to Ice Cubes defence during Fuck Compton. As well as seminal lines like ‘As the Countdown Continues’, ‘Kicking the Vibes Downtown’ and how he describes his set as ‘The Peoples Choice’. The terms for the different people in the dance are gems too: Brixton-ites, Ghetto-ites, and Punany Mechanics for starters.

If you want to catch some immediate throwback goosebumps, go to 57:57 to hear Tim drop the classic Poison by Kool G Rap and then the Live to London anthem, Letter To The Better by Master Ace. DJ Polo and G Rap are wandering around this South London dance, and informed over the mic to ‘Leave the Skins Alone’. More than once. The ‘Original Marley Marl Armshouse Lick’ is dedicated to DJ Polo, affirming its place as a bonafide Live to London anthem. Tim then tells Polo ‘God Damn I Told You’ as the whistle posse blow feverishly and the crowd screams along, fundamentally, this tape wholly captures the energy of those parties. Again, big thanks to Mr Lawson.

Leaders of the New School – Case of the P.T.A.
Tim Dog – Fuck Compton
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – The Creator
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – The Creator [Slide to the Side]
Naughty by Nature – O.P.P.
Nice & Smooth – Hip-Hop Junkies
Fu-Schnickens – Ring The Alarm
*Mad Cobra – Yush Dubplate [Yush]
*Cutty Ranks – Retreat Dubplate
Daddy Woody – Rammer Jammer [Rammer Jammer]
Mad Cobra – Unknown [Rammer Jammer]
Unknown – Unknown [Rammer Jammer]
Risto Benji – Passport Buddy [Passport Buddy]
Mad Cobra – Unknown [Gundelero]
*Daddy Meeky & Little Meeky – Tim Westwood ‘He Run The Road’ Dubplate
Unknown – Special Guest [Gundelero]
Capleton – Special Guest [Organizer]
Johnny P – Honour & Respect
Burro Banton – Boom Wah Dis [Street Sweeper]
Poison Chang – Visa Body
Unknown – Body Workshop ?
Unknown – Unknown
Unknown – Length & Strength [Piranha]
Pan Head – Gun Man Tune [Soap]
Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm [Stalag]
*Reggie Stepper – Cu-Oonuh Dubplate [Stalag]
Kool G Rap – Poison
Kool G Rap – Road to The Riches
Ace & Action – Letter To The Better
Kool G Rap – Live
EPMD feat. LL Cool J – Rampage
Brand Nubian – Slow Down
UMCs – One to Grow On

Westwood Capital Rap Show – 11 December 1993

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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
Ads:
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
Ads:
Johnny One Stop Blunts
Tooheys
Sega Thunderhawk Flight Sim
Reject Shop
Father [MC] Gig
Jodeci ID
Jodeci & Redman – You Got It
Jodeci – Gimme All You Got
Mic Break
Ads:
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
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Capleton – Bad So
Mic Break
Ads:
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.

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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 !!!

 

Marley Marl – Unreleased

Marley Marl’s In Control Volume 1 was such an iconic release, introducing the talents of the Juice Crew members like Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace & Kool G Rap amongst others to a world of new listeners. But when Volume 2 was released in 1991, there was something amiss. I remember hearing it in my mates car for the 1st time that year, and thinking back to the Tim Westwood plays on the Capital Rap Show in London, from 2 years previous. Where was the cut with Marley rhyming over the ‘Im Your Puppet’ break? What had happened to this track and that track? It seems that a few things had been omitted from the finished 1991 Cold Chillin alblum, things that I knew I’d heard, things that we knew we had on a D90 in the glove compartment.

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The track No Bullshit is a true gem cos Marley rhymes throughout the entire track, somethin he didnt do that often. And the odd thing about No Bullshit is that, in comparison to the version that ended up on the alblum, the original unreleased mix murders the finished version. As Marlon says himself, the ‘beat thats smooth’ makes it an entirely different song, and even if some of the lyrics are mostly the same, some of them are kinda malicious, and didnt appear on the finished LP, and possibly for good reason.

Marley, intriguingly cusses Mr Magic, the same person that put him on in the industry and made him his right hand man on the Rap Attack. Maybe guilt was the motivation for the switch up and thats why this version never made it #justsayin Maybe the hyped up sound on the finished No BS was just more appropriate in 91. Have a close listen to what Marley says about ‘Business & pleasure’ and how Magic mighta got the two mixed up, its the only segment of the 2 versions that feature alternate lyrics. The flow on this version is controlled, smooth and confident, compared to faster needier rhyming on the Vol2 version, where he almost sounds like he’s gettin his flare on.

There were 10 cuts on Vol1, and 20 cuts on Vol2 [including a few skit bits]. Maybe there was an issue with the ‘Im Your Puppet’ sample from the 1966 James & Bobby Purify classic, who knows. On the 1991 version made available to the public, Marley even teases us with a shard of that track before switching up the pace to around 115 bpm, cos it’d been ‘jacked already’.

The 2 other bangers by the self-appointed Super-Producer are by a little known Rapper by the name of Rapataire, called They Cant Get With Me, who incidentally had another unreleased cut called Hip-Hop Science. The other is an uptempo track also from 1989, recorded off a Clark Kent In Control broadcast [with bonus De La Soul], by a group referring to themselves as Unit3. Very little is known about them.

The questions remain, how many more of these gems are gathering dust on reels, in shoe-boxes or behind radiators ?

Marley, just bless us with some more Hot Chillin already !