Tim Westwood, is undoubtedly one of the most important disc jockeys and radio personalities in the UK and he’s talking about African music influencing UK rap artists, his perception of Wizkid as a G.O.A.T and the three artists who left a lasting impression on him.
For the last three decades, Westwood’s praises have been sung from the “superstars of the late 1980s to the titans of the 1990s, and the upstarts of the aughts.”
As a matter of rap-fact, you aren’t a rap sensation or any sensation if you haven’t been on Tim Westwood’s show.
That’s why Snoop Dogg said, “You can’t come to the Kingdom and not see the prince,” referencing Westwood’s reign as the prince of hip-hop DJing.
In a powwow with XXL magazine, the iconic DJ who have anchored the No. 1 urban show on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra for nearly 20 years said, “In the U.K., the rise of Afrobeats, which is African music from Nigeria, from Ghana and from the U.K. and that’s really powerful and that’s also influencing a lot of U.K. rap artist’s style that’s a super powerful thing out here.”
“Obviously Drake cosigned Wizkid, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but Wizkid is certainly one of the greatest artists I’ve ever seen.” Tim confessed.
Tim Westwood calls Wizzy one of his greatest of all time, that’s a plus for the Nigerian sensation.
On the three enigmas who left a mark on his heart throughout his career, he said, “I would definitely say Biggie because that was such a defining moment in hip-hop. Tupac because of what he meant. Tupac resonates beyond belief. And then I would think if there was a third, I would say Drake because of what Drake is doing. Drake is changing hip-hop and making it so big.”