Tim Westwood is to make a guest appearance on a new hip-hop album, release a compilation of tracks to tie-in with a TV series he is about to present, and is to return to the NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL.
Westwood, who made headlines last year when he was injured in a drive-by shooting in London, guests on the album ‘The Unknown’, by Mark B & Blade.
It is the first time that the veteran radio personality has appeared on a hip-hop record, although his voice has been sampled before. Westwoodappears as himself on the track ‘Hostile Takeover’, in which Blade raps about mounting a guerrilla attack on the BBC in order to deliver a copy of the duo’s album to Tim so he can play it on air. Other guests on the album, which is due for release through Wordplay/Source UK in late September, include British rap stars Skinnyman, Rodney P, Lewis Parker and Chester P, and American rapper Al Tariq, a former member of The Beatnuts.
Meanwhile, the compilation LP, ‘Westwood Presents’, is due to be released by Mercury/Def Jam records on September 25. A provisional track listing is not yet available, though a source at Def Jam confirms that the album is likely to feature tracks by Q-Tip, De La Soul, Method Man & Redman, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Crooklyn Clan, Sisqo, 2 Live Crew, Eminem, Pharoahe Monch, Big Pun and Mobb Deep.
The album is being released to tie in with a series, also called ‘Westwood Presents’, which will run for ten weeks beginning on August 25 on the BBC cable channel UK Play. As well as featuring exclusive interviews with artists, there will be segments of the show devoted to other aspects of hip-hop culture such as graffiti art and DJ-ing, as well as pieces on issues such as how to make a record. The series may be transmitted on terrestrial TV at a later date, but no details of this are available as yet.
Finally, Westwood will again be hosting a stage at the Notting Hill Carnival. He will be appearing on Monday, August 28, and a full line-up of artists performing on his stage will be confirmed shortly.