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Encyclopedia > Tim Westwood
Tim Westwood
Westwood DJing at London's Moonlighting Club, August 2005
Westwood DJing at London's Moonlighting Club, August 2005
Background information
Birth name Timothy Westwood
Origin Flag of England Lowestoft, Suffolk, England[1][2]
Genre(s) Hip Hop, RnB, Grime
Occupation(s) DJ, Pimp My Ride UK host
Instrument(s) DJ
Years active 1980s - present
Label(s) Mercury Records
Website www.timwestwood.com

Tim Westwood (born 7 October 1957 in Lowestoft, Suffolk)[3] is a British rap DJ and presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Rap Show. He also presents the UK version of the MTV show Pimp My Ride. He is often referred to by other DJs and artists appearing on his shows simply as Westwood. He is famed for his use of "ebonic" language despite his caucasian ethnicity; a tendency that has occassionally drawn criticism and derision. Image File history File links Westwood_moonlighting. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... , Lowestoft (pronouned IPA: /loʊs tɔft, -tɒft, -təf/) is a town in Suffolk, East Anglia, England, lying between the eastern edge of The Broads National Park at Oulton Broad and the North Sea. ... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in East Anglia, England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Grime(also known as hip house) is a sub-genre of urban music which first emerged in London in the early 2000s, primarily a development of UK garage, drum and bass, dancehall and hip hop. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... This article is about the television show. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making music. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... , Lowestoft (pronouned IPA: /loʊs tɔft, -tɒft, -təf/) is a town in Suffolk, East Anglia, England, lying between the eastern edge of The Broads National Park at Oulton Broad and the North Sea. ... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in East Anglia, England. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... This article is about the television show. ...

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Biography

Disc Jockey career

During his career, Westwood has DJed for many radio stations, including the newly formed radio stations Kiss FM (which he co-owned) and LWR in the 1980s, followed by mainstream station Capital FM (from 1987), before joining BBC Radio 1 in December 1994. He was the Radio 1 Rap Show's first presenter and has been its only permanent presenter; he is now one of Radio 1's longest-serving broadcasters. Kiss 100 is a radio station broadcasting to London on 100. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... This article is about the British radio station. ... BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ...


His first broadcast on a legal station appears to have been on 23 March 1985, when he was a pirate DJ. He was a guest on a BBC World Service programme called Meridian where he discussed early hip-hop culture in London. After appearing in the 1987 BBC Open Space documentary Bad Meaning Good, which was an early work of his own company Justice Entertainment, he achieved TV exposure in the late 1980s fronting a slot on the ITV programme Night Network, produced by London Weekend Television. is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The BBC World Service is one of the most widely recognised international broadcasters, transmitting in 33 languages to many parts of the world through multiple technologies. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began among urban African Americans in New York City in the early 1970s, and has since spread around the world. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... LWT redirects here. ...


More recently, he presented a series of his own television programme on UKTV channel UK Play, which has since ceased broadcasting. His Radio 1 show is produced by his independent company Justice Entertainment, which also produces Chris Goldfinger's dancehall show for Radio 1. He organises live performances and DJs for Radio 1, and other independent club nights often appearing alongside Chris Goldfinger. Justice Entertainment has also been used to recruit production team members, and staff to help stage the live appearances, in an interview with Virgin.net[1], Westwood describes how that has led to some youngsters getting full time jobs and learning about the music industry. This article is about the UKTV network of channels in the UK and Ireland. ... Chris Goldfinger has been a disc jockey on BBC Radio 1 since 1996, presenting the stations Reggae Dancehall show. ... Dancehall is a type of Jamaican popular music which developed around the late 70s, with exponents such as Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. ...


Westwood is heavily involved in the rap scene and is noted to be one of the early broadcasters and promoters of rap music. In the late 1980s his name was often mentioned in British rap records, as he was the only well-known DJ playing hip hop on legal radio in Britain. He was named Best UK Radio DJ in the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards in 2000, 2003 and 2005. In interviews, he has said that he has strong moral convictions, and that he does not drink nor take drugs. He is a patron of Feltham Young Offenders' Institution in West London, and specifically of its radio station [2]. Mobo can refer to: Motherboard Mobo, Masbate, a municipality in the Philippines MOBO, an acronym for Music Of Black Origin (Awards) This is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... HM Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre Feltham, more commonly known as Feltham Young Offenders Institution, is a prison near Feltham in the southwest of London, England. ... Satellite image of the inner part of West London Ayad Dibis is the best in West London. ...


Shooting

Westwood was injured in a drive-by shooting in Kennington, South London, on 18 July 1999 - after he had been playing at the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park. According to Police reports gun men on motorbikes pulled up alongside his Range Rover and shot him and his assistant. His assistant also survived the attack. [3] Kennington is an area of south London, situated within the London Borough of Lambeth. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ...


Vocal style

Essential to every Disc jockey is the ability to develop a form of "patter" or vocal style to make him or her appealing to the listener.[4] As well as the loud sound effects, including explosions and repeated air-horns, Westwood uses his own form of street language. These include variations on: "That's the way it goes down", "Fall back!" and "Bow down and kiss the ring... and I don't wear any jewellery". For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ...


Westwood's shows involve heavy interaction between guests in the studio, the producer and other members of the production team who all engage in this banter. One of the newer catchphrases is "The king pin of the car game" reflecting his involvement in Pimp My Ride. Some of the language can be hard to decipher: "Go hard brother number one", Westwood referring to himself; "Go hard brother number two", referring to Chris Goldfinger whose show follows Westwood's on a Saturday and is produced by Westwood's company for the BBC and "Go hard Brother number three" referring to Westwood's warm up DJ Dre, who is also part of the studio team. Chris Goldfinger has been a disc jockey on BBC Radio 1 since 1996, presenting the stations Reggae Dancehall show. ...


He also uses other catchphrases such as "my main man up in the building it's how we does" - normally when a special guest visits the show. The phrase "we out - one" is the normal way of ending the show and "strap it up before you slap it up - use a latex if possible" is becoming a more popular catchphrase with Westwood's strong belief in safe sex.


Quotes from rap luminaries such as Juelz Santana, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent; on Westwood's Radio 1 website leave no doubt about the support he gets from big US acts. Rapper Noreaga of the hip hop duo Capone-N-Noreaga have also mentioned his name in a positive manner on the song "Banned From TV". LaRon Louis James (born on February 18, 1983), better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is a rapper, producer and small time actor. ... Pharrell Williams (born April 5, 1973) is an American producer, singer, rapper,and songwriter. ... Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ... 50 cents may refer to 50 subunits of currencies where the subunit is called a cent. ... N.O.R.E. (formerly known as Noreaga, born Victor Santiago) is an African-American rapper and member of the hip hop group C-N-N (formerly known as Capone-N-Noreaga). N.O.R.E. stands for Niggaz on (the) Run Eatin. Half African American and half Puerto Rican... Capone-N-Noreaga (C-N-N for short) is an East Coast hip hop duo that consists of Capone (Kiam Holley - born in 8 February 1976) and Noreaga (Victor Santiago - born in 6 September 1976). ...


Expressions like "Exactly!", and "We're getting down to the dirty-dirty/Dirty south" - which refers to the deep south hip hop. They are commonplace alongside various combinations of "That's a big/good look", "Aaawwwww Pickaaaaz", "Good looking out there", "Holler!". For other uses of the term Dirty South, see The Dirty South Dirty South is a style of rap music that popped up in the latter half of the 1990s and is based in southern cities and states such as Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami or South Florida, Mississippi...


The language reflects hip hop culture, the word on the street and the language used by DJs in battles as a form of taunting the opposite number. In May 2005, Lil Jon, the so called "king of crunk" appeared on the show for a sound clash combining short bursts of tracks, many of the above expressions and lots of verbal banter drawing on the studio crew, and listeners to get behind either Westwood or Lil Jon. Jonathan Smith (born January 27, 1972), better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is an American rapper, hype man, and producer. ... For other uses, see Crunk (disambiguation). ...


Shows

Radio 1

On 4 July 2006, BBC Radio 1 announced a new schedule mostly affecting specialist music slots on the station. Westwood was confirmed [5] as one of four presenters to host a programme as part of the station's strand 'In New Music We Trust', (INMWT)[6][7]. It has run for four nights a week since 25 September 2006 at 2100 GMT. Westwood's show is for one hour every Tuesday. Westwood's former Friday slot of two hours was given over to a showcase of music from 1Xtra, called Take Over, and Annie Mac's Mash Up, but his Saturday show was extended to three hours, and is on-air from 2100 to midnight. is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For alternate meanings of GMT, see GMT (disambiguation). ... 1Xtra (or 1Xtra from the BBC) is a digital UK radio station from the BBC specialising in new black music, sometimes referred to as urban music. ... Annie Mac DJing at Aston University Annie MacManus (better known as Annie Mac) is a disc jockey who hosts an eponymous electronic dance music show on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom which airs at 10:00 pm on Friday evenings. ...


Since the autumn of 2007 Westwood has also presented a Sunday night show (2200 to midnight) on 1Xtra, showcasing grime and related scenes. Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Grime(also known as hip house) is a sub-genre of urban music which first emerged in London in the early 2000s, primarily a development of UK garage, drum and bass, dancehall and hip hop. ...


MTV's Pimp My Ride

In 2005 MTV announced that Westwood had been confirmed as the presenter of the UK version of Pimp My Ride. Already an established programme in the USA, Pimp My Ride takes a viewer's car - usually a rundown wreck - and converts it, or customises it, with fancy paintwork, revamped upholstery and new technology including plasma TV screens, hi-fis and game consoles. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... This article is about the television show. ... High Fidelity is also the title of a book by Nick Hornby and a film directed by Stephen Frears, based upon Hornbys book. ...


A big custom car fan, Westwood was quoted in the The Guardian newspaper in February 2005, after he'd been confirmed as PMR's UK presenter: "When I heard that MTV were making a version of the show for the UK, I got straight on the phone. Can you imagine the bling machines we're going to create that'll be cruising down your local high street? We're gonna be crazy."


The show's executive producer, Sean Murphy, added: "Westwood loves his cars and his enthusiasm is irresistible." The first UK episode of PMR was broadcast in the UK on MTV in June 2005, then appeared for a second series in June 2006 and returned for a third series in April 2007.


Criticisms

It has often been asserted, most recently in a column in The Guardian newspaper[8] and in an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen in Rolling Stone magazine[9], that Westwood was the inspiration for Ali G, the caricature portrayed by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. In 2000, Westwood claimed in the NME that Baron Cohen had told him that he had based Ali G not on Westwood himself, but on the "white, provincial" hip-hop fans who phoned up his show. For other uses, see Guardian. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Ali G (Alistair Leslie Graham) is a satirical fictional character invented and played by English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. ... This article is about the British comedian. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ...


Toby Young

Critics such as Toby Young have also derided Westwood's apparent emulation of Black British pronunciation and dialect, which is claimed to be at odds with his middle class Anglo-Saxon origins.[10] His father, Bill Westwood was the Anglican Bishop of Peterborough until 1996 (and was himself a prolific broadcaster). He also (briefly) attended Norwich School, which is now a private cathedral grammar school (though it was a direct-grant grammar school at the time); during his Radio 1 show on 29 April 2006 Westwood tacitly alluded to this, claiming to "deny everything" and that he briefly attended an (unnamed) school which he had disliked intensely, going on to comment that he mainly attended the The Hewett School, Norwich, but that this school would not be interested in him now. Toby Young (born Toby Daniel Moorsom Young in 1963) is a homuncular high-flying British journalist, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, the tale of his disastrous five-year attempt to make it in the U.S. as a contributing editor at Conde Nast Publications Vanity Fair... See also: British African-Caribbean community, Caribbean British, British Asian,Britsh Mixed Black British is term which has had different meanings and uses as a racial and political label. ... The Right Rvd. ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... The Bishop of Peterborough is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough in the Province of Canterbury. ... Norwich School is situated in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and is one of the oldest schools in the country, with a traceable history as far back as 1096. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Criticism by Conservative leader

On 6 June 2006, BBC Radio 1 and Westwood's show in particular was accused of encouraging knife and gun crime by Conservative Party leader David Cameron [11] who was speaking at a British Society of Magazine Editors event.[12] Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt[13] said there was no truth in claims, he told the Press Association news agency: "There's been a debate about this particular genre of music for many years. Hip-hop is of great interest to many people in our audience. I strongly refute that any of our programmes condone violence, gun crime or knife crime." is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Conservative Party, officially though less commonly known as the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... For the Canadian ice hockey player, see Dave Cameron. ... Andy Parfitt (born 1958) is the current Controller of BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom. ... The Press Association is the national news agency of the United Kingdom. ... Definition A news agency is an organization of journalists established to supply news reports to organizations in the news trade: newspapers, magazines, and radio and television broadcasters. ...


Discography

  • Westwood Volume 1
  • Westwood Volume 2
  • Westwood Volume 3
  • Westwood Platinum Edition 2003
  • Westwood: The Jump Off
  • Westwood 6: The Takeover
  • Westwood 7: The Big Dawg
  • Westwood 8: The Invasion
  • Westwood Heat: Volume 9
  • Westwood X
  • Westwood 11 : Ride With The Big Dawg
  • Westwood: The Greatest

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DVD

  • Westwood Raw DVD

References

  1. ^ The phoney, cynical world of Ali G's role model. Daily Mail (2006-06-09). Retrieved on 2007-03-27.
  2. ^ Biography for Tim Westwood (HTTP). The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2007-05-22.
  3. ^ Biographies Tim Westwood, Presenter, Radio 1. BBC Radio 1 Press Office. Retrieved on 2007-03-27.

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