Sunday, January 07, 2007

Tim Westwood Vs KRS One - The Showdown - Autumn 1997


Try n spread this around gents so the links stays alive for a bit.

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Depending on how long you've been living hip hop, this may ring instant bells with you. On a Friday night nearly ten years ago, KRS One turned up with some cronies at the BBC Radio 1 Studio to do a scheduled interview with the shows host Tim Westwood. Tim, I'm sure was under the impression that everything was all good in the world of hip hop. And that the interview with KRS was set to be an inspiring discussion on the world of rap music. The absolute can of beans that Kris dropped on Tim made for a brilliant 45 minute battle of words.

This file is near enough exactly how it was broadcast that night, beginning with some live freestyle audio from KRS, Lord Finesse and likes of Fat Joe, in relation to the beef at the time between Lord Finesse and LOTUG. This was the gateway into conversation, and is relevent, which is why it's included on the interview. The contradictory Kris relays several viewpoints on hip hop culture's histroy and what he thought Hip Hop faced in the future... In my opinion when things jump off Tim does an acceptable job of setting the record straight, the comments on how Radio 1 as a station operates aside.

I began making this file available to those close around me 2 days ago, but in all honesty this will be a very very rare file indeed. Probably because you had to be in that position to press record on the night. LUCKILY I was. And so this has been a diamond in my archive ever since. The intention was to unleash this on the planet exactly 10 years from when it took place, but I just couldn't wait. I could be dead by next year who knows, and it would be a real waste if this didn't become semi-widespread.

I think with the then unforseen MP3 revolution, and the ease with which we obtain hip hop in 2007, the debate allows you to take stock of the mind set we all had ten years ago and look at this conversation in a privilaged light.

This is an essential piece of British American hip hop history.

And so....... Enjoy! .... and

Remember where it came from.

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    You can share this interview anywhere across the net as you see fit. All I would ask is that you include the above image along with the link, and The World Trade Centre London URL along with it would be appreciated too.



    At January 08, 2007 6:45 AM, Blogger Jaz said...

    I have heard this before years ago but appreciate you spreading it around, man when I was growing up, Tim Westwood had a Top 25 or 30 rap list in NME magazine and his choices were like gold to me but he sold way the fuck out jumping on the southern shit and thinking he is some kind of Big Dawg gangster.

    I couldn't care less about him these days.

    At January 08, 2007 7:36 AM, Anonymous Lasos said...

    No doubt. I dunno what happened. Early 90's things weren't that bad, 95 (my personal fave year in hip hop) was ok, but could've been better, after that Wu Tang Jay Z & DMX and that kind of stuff, none of whom I'm particularly fond of, were getting played HAEVILY, and just more and more commercial shyte flooded the airwaves.

    Tbh I think the last time I listened to the Rap Show was in about 99 when DMX had a new album out, but you could barely hear the track for Claxtons n Explosions n Westwood shouting "BIG Lets GO!!" I remember being in hysterics at the time, it was that bad with the explosions.

    Chris Torres, Last Skept & Skully to do Radio 1 Rap show I say!! 3 nights a week, 3 hosts, 3 different cuts of the scene.

    At January 31, 2007 10:59 AM, Anonymous Old Skool Type said...

    Amazing!!! I've been after this for 10 YEARS!!!

    Bless you.

    At May 20, 2008 11:24 PM, Blogger Joe said...


    At June 07, 2008 10:56 AM, Anonymous jose b said...

    any chance of a re-up

    At July 16, 2008 5:27 AM, Blogger Microphone Assassinator said...

    Please re-up this one!

    At September 24, 2008 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    desperate to get my ears around the interview, an upload would be juicy

    At June 02, 2009 11:01 PM, Blogger cheebaism said...

    any chance of a re-up on this one, that would be blinding.

    Keep up the good work

    At April 28, 2010 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Can u Upload this again coz everytime i visit here & try to down load it z-share says 4044 error cant find file.
    Im glad krs1 spoke the way he did.

    At April 28, 2010 11:14 PM, Blogger GhostGunna said...

    It's on YouTube.


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