(AllHipHop News) For nearly 20 years Tim Westwood has been one of the leading forces in promoting Hip Hop in Great Britain. The 55-year-old DJ has helped introduce American rap stars to audiences in the UK with his exclusive interviews and freestyle sessions on his popular radio show.
It was announced over the weekend that Westwood will no longer be the voice of Hip Hop on the BBC Radio 1 or 1Xtra stations. He is being replaced by Charlie Sloth whose Radio 1Xtra feature with J. Cole in May made news when the North Carolina emcee announced that TLC would appear on his sophomore album Born Sinner.
Westwood has been a fixture on the BBC Radio 1 since 1994 when he began presenting the first program dedicated to Hip Hop on the station. The station decided on the host change in order to appeal to a younger audience.
“I’d like to thank Tim for the last 20 years on Radio 1. His passion for Hip Hop is legendary. I wish him all the very best,” said Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper.
Watch two classic “Westwood Freestyles” featuring Eminem and Kid Cudi below.