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This Run-D.M.C. Beatboxing & Rapping Session Is Tougher Than Leather (Video)

It was 1988, and Run-D.M.C. were already four albums into a genre-defining discography. In May of that year, the Kings of Rock (who were previously raising hell on airwaves across

Elzhi-Era Slum Village Rip The Mic In A Never Before Released 2002 Freestyle (Audio)

Few Hip-Hop groups have experienced the setbacks of Slum Village. Two founding members, J Dilla and Baatin, died from health complications in the 2000s. Elzhi left the group, with reports

Nick Grant Spits A Blazing Hot Freestyle That Melts Raekwon’s Ice Cream (Video)

At the top of 2017, Nick Grant released his major label debut album, Return Of The Cool. The Epic Records artist chose a bold title, but he’s backed it up.

A Newly Released ’96 Cypher Shows A Tribe Called Quest Schooling Phony Rappers (Audio)

This month, A Tribe Called Quest released their sixth and said to be final album. We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service appeared to shock to the

Craig Mack Kicked 10 Minutes Of Freestyle Flavor In This Just Released 2000 Video

By Y2K, Craig Mack appeared to be an illustrious MC who was on his way out of the game. Once one of the breakout acts of Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy

Busta Rhymes Spits The Violence On A 1999 Freestyle (Audio)

In 1999, Busta Rhymes had most recently dropped E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front, his third platinum album in as many releases. With two more consecutive platinum-selling LPs in

This Ghostface, Cappadonna & Jeru Freestyle From 1996 Still Does Damage (Audio)

In the mid-90s, there were few more dominant crews in Hip-Hop than Wu-Tang Clan and Gang Starr Foundation. Unlike today, however, where it’s more common than not to have guest

Method Man, O.D.B., & RZA Proved That In ’97, Wu-Tang Could Freestyle Forever (Audio)

In June of 1997, Wu-Tang Clan kicked the summer off at the top of the Hip-Hop class. Whereas 1993’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) just missed the Top 40 (to

This Unreleased ’95 Red & Meth Freestyle Shows How High They Truly Fly (Audio)

In the summer of 1995, Def Jam Records dropped The Show soundtrack. The Top 5 charting work featuring music by Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., and A Tribe Called Quest introduced

This 1998 Ma$e & Guru Freestyle Brings 2 Different Sides Of Hip-Hop Together (Audio)

Six months from each other Ma$e and Gang Starr moved the Hip-Hop needle in 1997-1998. To some, that needle went in two directions. Released on October 28, 1997, Ma$e’s Grammy-nominated,

Big Boi Shows How To Truly Rock Off The Top In An Unreleased 2004 Freestyle (Video)

The vast majority of freestyles are not off the top rhymes. Instead, they are typically previously unheard verses, many of which ultimately make their way to albums. This is an

Jay Z’s 2000 Westwood Freestyle Portrays An MC In Stride For The Throne (Audio)

Right around the year 2000, Jay Z found himself in London, promoting his first #1 album, Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life. As the album was approaching 3 million units sold (it

Lil Dicky’s Music Is Fearless & So Are His Interviews (Video)

Less than one year ago, Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC Lil Dicky cemented his status on the national scene with Professional Rapper. The fast-flowing lyricist who first began with aspirations in

Here’s A Never Before Released Method Man Freestyle From 2004 (Audio)

Tim Westwood continues his Throwback Thursday series with a never before released Method Man freestyle from 2004. Meth kicks bars over Obie Trice’s “The Set Up,” a beat that sounds

Eminem & D12 Go Off During A 25-Minute Previously Unreleased 2004 Cypher (Audio)

Tim Westwood continues his Throwback Thursday series with the release of an epic 25-minute cypher featuring Eminem, D12 and Stat Quo. While portions of the freestyle have surfaced over the

Guru & Common Flow Over Classic Dr. Dre Heat On A Rare Freestyle From 2000 (Audio)

Earlier this week, the sixth anniversary of Guru’s passing allowed for a community-wide opportunity to reflect on the still-reverberating effects of the loss of such an influential MC and celebrated

Here’s A Never Before Released Fugees Freestyle From 1995 That Settles The Score (Audio)

In 1995, The Fugees were in between Underground Hip-Hop obscurity and super-stardom. The year prior, they had released Blunted On Reality. In early ’96, they would rake in the multiple platinum

This 25-Minute Redman & Method Man 1999 Freestyle Shows How High They Fly (Audio)

Just when it seemed the gems Tim Westwood pulls out of his vault could not get any better–with vintage freestyles from O.D.B. Eminem & Proof, Snoop Dogg, and more–he releases

O.D.B. Put The “Free” In Freestyle In This 1995 Outburst (Audio)

Twenty years ago this week, O.D.B. was waiting to see if he would win the Grammy for “Best Rap Album.” The 1995 debut, Return To The 36 Chambers (The Dirty

Snoop Shows Why He’s The Boss Dogg on This 20-Minute 1996 Freestyle (Audio)

1996 was a tumultuous year for the artist known as Snoop Doggy Dogg. The Long Beach, California Rap superstar was acquitted for a murder trial that had started shortly after

Eminem & Proof’s Legendary 1999 Freestyle Is Re-Released In Its Entirety (Video)

1999 was thee year for Eminem’s career. Three years removed from Infinite, the Detroit, Michigan MC would team with Dr. Dre and Aftermath Entertainment to unleash The Slim Shady LP

MCs Say They’re Freestyling…But They Ain’t Been Rhyming Like Common Sense (Audio)

Over the years, the definition of the term “freestyle” has blurred. The word initially referred to a rhyme, written or spontaneous, that was not about a particular topic but, instead,

In Y2K, DMX Freestyles Went Down Like Mike Tyson Victims. Here’s One. (Audio)

The barks, the growls, the yelling…DMX brought a totally different kind of anger to Rap music than peers like ONYX, M.O.P., or Tupac Shakur. The Ruff Ryders flagship MC was

Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch & Last Emperor Freestyle In A Found 2001 Moment (Audio)

In 2001, things were taking off for Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch. As part of the Rawkus Records movement, these 1990s alums were paving the way for solo careers following

Raekwon Politics On Classic Breakbeats In This 1995 Tim Westwood Freestyle (Audio)

Tim Westwood keeps his newly-established tradition of weekly freestyles going strong. Just over one month after sharing his 1995 Method Man freestyle (that would later become elements of some compilation

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Vintage Freestyle Is An MC & DJ Hallmark (Audio)

Sometime in the late 1980s, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince hit the London, England studio of Tim Westwood. In the same city where they recorded extensively as a

Method Man Ripped This 1995 Freestyle. Tim Westwood Considers It His Best Ever (Audio)

In 1995, Method Man was out marketing Tical. The Wu-Tang Clan MC had become one of the biggest new artists in Hip-Hop over the prior two years. However, the Staten

Oddisee Shows Why He’s One of the Best Out Right Now With This Freestyle (Video)

Praised for his productions, Oddisee is nice with the gift of gab. While this year’s The Good Fight standout may appear more about substance than style in places, the Diamond

D12 Is Still Dirty, With Dozens & Dozens Of Punchlines In A New Freestyle (Video)

In early 2014, it was reported that D12 was back in the lab with Eminem for the first time in a decade. Later in the year, on Shady XV, the Dirty

Here’s a Look Back at the Amazing Talents of Biz Markie in 1988 (Video)

Biz Markie may be one of Hip-Hop’s most underrated talents. Perhaps because he was a perennial jokester, people sometimes overlook his prodigious abilities as both an MC and a human

Here’s a Cypher Between Nas & De La Soul From 1996 (Audio)

Tim Westwood digs in his massive vault and pulls out a 1996 freestyle featuring Nas and De La Soul. In an 11-minute cypher amongst true MCs, they pass the mic,

Fashawn Takes An Above The Law Classic & Hits Freestyle Switches (Video)

Fashawn stopped by Tim Westwood’s crib to freestyle. The mainstay British DJ knew just what to hit Fash’ with. Beginning with Above The Law’s “Black Superman,” the Mass Appeal Records

20 Years Later…Mobb Deep Are Still Crushing Mics. Watch This Freestyle (Video)

As Mobb Deep celebrate the 20 year anniversary of their album The Infamous, Prodigy and Havoc make a pit stop at Tim Westwood TV while in the UK. As is

Logic Brings the Pain With a Freestyle Over a Method Man Classic (Video)

Several of the best freestyles of the past year have come courtesy of Logic. He’s ripped mics for Sway, LA Leakers and even the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher. Part

Funk Volume Turns Up With Fresh, Thoughtful Dizzy Wright & Hopsin Freestyles (Videos)

Funk Volume continues to dig in their foot-hold in the Hip-Hop game. While Hopsin and Dizzy Wright are polar opposites in many ways, they both uphold this time-tested truth: say

Tim Westwood’s Reggae, Dub & Classic Hip-Hop Vinyl Weighs A Ton (Video)

To younger Heads, Tim Westwood may be known for his wild enthusiasm during guest-stops from the likes of Eminem, Drake, and Jay Z. However, the London-based BBC DJ has nearly

Danny Brown Gives One of the Realest Interviews Ever on the Perils of Drinking Syrup (Video)

Over the years, syrup (or lean) has been glamorized in Hip-Hop. Danny Brown recently sat down with Tim Westwood and gave one of the realest interviews ever on the negative

Time Travel Back To Rap Radio’s Golden Days In This 1991 Gang Starr Interview & Tim Westwood Mix (Audio)

Take yourself back almost exactly 23 years to the date, to April 19, 1991, when London’s Hip-Hop radio prophet Tim Westwood links up with Gang Starr’s DJ Premier and Guru

Game Goes Into Battle Rap Mode on This Tim Westwood Freetyle (Video)

“Game ain’t makin’ amends with 50 Cent. Game still tryin’ to find out where 50 went…” Game hit the Tim Westwood Show and dropped some greasy bars over the Threat

A 1990 Freestyle Surfaces From The Juice Crew’s Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, MC Shan, Tragedy Khadafi & Craig G (Audio)

Earlier this year, Tim Westwood lost his longtime post at BBC Radio. The London, England-based radio/video personality has been spoofed by Afion Crockett for his enthusiasm and friendly-fire with guests.

Kanye West Freestyles on the Tim Westwood Show in 2005 (Video)

Here’s a 13+ minute freestyle session Kanye West did on the Tim Westwood Show back in 2005. Check out the video. Related: Kanye West Performs Black Skinhead & New Slaves

Eminem & D12 Freestyle on the Tim Westwood Show in 2001 (Video)

Tim Westwood dug in his treasure trove and pulled out another gem. Here’s a true cypher with Eminem, Proof and the rest of D-12 from 2001. Each goes off the

Action Bronson – The Tim Westwood Freestyle (Video)

Action Bronson was recently in London and stopped by the Tim Westwood Show to drop a verse. Check out the video. Related: Action Bronson & Alchemist – Rare Chandeliers (Mixtape)

Kendrick Lamar – Tim Westwood Show Freestyle (Video)

Kendrick Lamar has verses for days. Here’s a video of him dropping some flames on the Tim Westwood Show during his UK visit. Check it out below. Kendrick’s album Good

Slaughterhouse interview on the Tim Westwood Show (Video)

Slaughterhouse recently smashed the Tim Westwood Show with some blazing hot verses over the tracks for Stay Schemin’ and I’m a Boss. Here’s a video of the extended interview of

Slaughterhouse perform on The Tim Westwood Show (Video)

Slaughterhouse are the latest to blaze the mic on the Tim Westwood show. Check out Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce and Joell Ortiz ripping through verses over the Stay Schemin’

Method Man dropped some ill verses on the Tim Westwood show with U-God and Masta Killa.

Now, it’s Bun B’s turn…Check out the Trill O.G. doing his thing in the UK. If you missed the Wu-Tang Freestyle, check it out here.

Wu-Tang fans get ready. Here’s an 11 and a half minute freestyle from Method Man, U-God and Masta Killa.

Oh yeah, it’s serious.  This comes courtesy of the Tim Westwood Show.  Check it out.