Home Taping Is Killing Music Month Presents : Tim Westwood & Funkmaster Flex – The New York Rap Exchange (Jan 27, 1996)
Once Westwood moved to Radio 1, and his show got settled into a groove, he started up the New York Rap Exchange which continues on his show to this day. Basically, once a month Westwood went over to Hot 97 and did his show from there, with him, Flex, and whoever dandered in through the doors taking part. The show began close to the end of Hot 97 really championing hardcore stuff, when Flex started to switch to play more commercial stuff and his relevance as a tastemaker really began to wane amongst heads, so although the early shows had some incredible guests, as it continued it became little more than another vehicle for the latest pop sensation to promote their newest, shiniest release before moving onto their next interview with TRL, 106 & Park etc.
Still, lets keep thinking of brighter times, eh? These two tapes carry the debut of the NYRE (actually from London), and feature Tim and Flex talking nonsense as usual, with the important additions of Akinyele and Sadat-X freestyling their butts off, and a smokin’ selection of 90’s Hiphop. Later Flex goes into a set of older stuff which actually goes over pretty well too. Tim sounds mad uncomfortable throughout the tape, which is always humorous.
Tim Westwood & Funkmaster Flex – The New York Rap Exchange (Jan 27, 1996)