Tim Westwood releases a mix of his fave hip-hop smashes...
Tim Westwood, UK rap veteran, finally brings out an album. Yes, that’s right, big Tim has got together with Def Jam UK to bring us all his favourite cuts. Stretched across 41 tracks, Tim hasn’t really reached deep into his crates, which makes this album more of a new hip-hop fan’s album than a dedicated hip-hop head’s essential purchase.
Westwood gets this party-in-an-album started with ‘Fatman Scoop’ feat. ‘Faith Evans’, club smash ‘Be Faithful’, takes it back for a minute with Luke’s ‘I Wanna Rock’ and shows us his dirty side with 2 Live Crew’s ‘Shake A Lil’ Somethin”.
WHERE WOULD YOU BUMP IT?
The bonus of the newness of this album is that you could put it on at a house party and look incredibly on point, full of club and car joints. Except a couple of shoutouts Tim got at his studio and that bomb ‘The Album’ leaves you feeling a bit disappointed with the lack of exclusives and freestyles his cohort Funkmaster Flex gives us on his albums. Even the mixing leaves a bit to be desired – there isn’t really any.
Tim done good, from Noreaga, DMX, Ja Rule to Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z and Ludacris, he got ’em all.
WHAT ELSE CAN I GET BY TIM?
Well, this is his debut but, Westwood is live on Radio One every Friday and Saturday night, you can see what he’s spinning on the WWW.NMEHIPHOP.COM charts.
FORMULA: A bit of Flex + today’s dance smashes – cleverly mixed tracks = ‘The Album’