The uks biggest and most globally respected hip-hop dj’s has compiled and released what he likes to describe as “the hottest joints from the street…real hip-hop…nothing but big things,” and with the following that he has on radio one is was doubtful that this compilation was ever going to be anything but big. From looking at the track list, you can see that this album is packed with 41 joints which is quite a accomplishment for any compilation cd. However what westwood has done is mix a number of the current hits with a number of old skool tracks. It was expected that we would get a number of ‘hip-pop’ tracks and it was also expected that Nelly and Mystikal would unfortunately feature (Real hip-hop? C’mon Tim!) however, once these type of tracks are ignored there is one hell of a tight album going down.
Westwood is considered the UK’s most respected hip hop DJ.
Some of hip-hops biggest artists contribute on this album, Method & Red drop the hugely popular ‘Da Rockwilder’ and ‘Da Goodness’, J-Dilla (Jay Dee) is on with ‘Pause’. Ja Rule’s current hits ‘Between me and you’ and ‘Put it on’ feature, I was also exceptionally happy to see Capone and Noreaga getting some much deserved attention, and Noreaga especially with the massive stick in your head for days tune…’Superthug.’ Westwood has included some real classics in the form of ‘Simon says’, 2 live crew, Talib Kweli & Hi Tek and i was very pleased to see Fatman Scoop’s latest offering ‘Be Faithful’ onboard as that really is one hell of tune!
With so many nice appearances, it was hard for this album to ever go wrong. Good job it went well then.
The style of the album jumps about a bit with him introducing some softer R’n’B touches such as R-Kelly, and when its next to DMX makes for some interesting yet rather brilliant mixing and splicing. You will also notice that Westwood uses a number of artist more than once especialy the Crooklyn Clan (4 times) but this is good especially when they are all phat tunes. Overall this is a great album unfortunately let down by a couple of too commercial hip-pop tracks, but for the majority lives up to the hype of being ‘real hip-hop’ and there are certainly some big things coming from this album (Probably the biggest being Westwoods bank balance!).
2001 – Westwood brings an album packed with some phat tunes. Get it, ok?
1. Be Faithful – Fatman Scoop feat. Faith Evans
2. The Franklinz (Raw Version) – Crooklyn Clan
3. The Franklinz – Crooklyn Clan
4. Superthug – Noreaga
5. Party Up (Up In Here) – DMX
6. What’s My Name? – DMX feat. Sisqo
7. Break Fool – Rah Digga
8. My Mind Right – Memphis Bleek feat. Jay-Z, H.Money
9. In The Club – Beanie Sigel
10. Hey Papi – Jay-Z feat. Memphis Bleek And Mail
11. Big Pimpin’ – Jay-Z feat. UGK
12. What’s Your Fantasy – Ludacris
13. Shake Ya Ass – Mystikal
14. Between Me & You – Ja Rule feat. Christina Milian
15. Put It On Me – Ja Rule
16. E.I. – Nelly
17. The Next Episode – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
18. Oh No – Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch feat. Nate Dogg
19. Y’ All Don’t Wanna – Capone N Noreaga
20. What These B*****S – DMX feat. Sisqo
21. I Wish – R. Kelly
1. I Wanna Rock – Luke
2. Shake A Lil’ Somethin’ – The 2 Live Crew
3. Pullover – Trina
4. Bling Bling – B.G.
5. Back That Azz Up – Juvenile feat. Lil’ wayne & Mannie Fresh
6. Get Your Roll On – Big Tymers
7. Southern Hospitality – Ludacris
8. If Y’ All Don’t Give A Fuck – Crooklyn Clan
9. Banned From TV – Noreaga
10. Simon Says – Pharoahe Monch
11. Da Rockwilder – Method Man And Redman
12. Da Goodness – Redman
13. No Matter What They Say – Lil’ Kim
14. Thug Anthem 2000 – Crooklyn Clan
15. Hands Up…… – Fatman Scoop
16. What Y’ All Want – Eve
17. The Way I Am – Eminem
18. Pause – Jay Dee AKA J-Dilla
19. Come Again – Doug E. Fresh
20. The Blast – Talib Kweli & Hi Tek feat. Vinia Mojica
Reviewed By Hip-Hop-Network for HipHopHotSpot.Com