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Tim Westwood

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Tim Westwood (born 7 October 1957 in Lowestoft, Suffolk)is a British rap DJ and presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Rap Show. He also presents the UK versions of the MTV show Pimp My Ride & My Super Sweet Sixteen. He is often referred to by other DJs and artists appearing on his shows as Westwood, Wiggah, Timmy & Shortcake.

He gained notorioty when he was injured in a drive-by shooting in Kennington, South London, on 18 July 1999 - after he had been playing at the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park. According to Police reports gun men on motorbikes pulled up alongside his Range Rover and shot him and his assistant, with a large banana while throwing peanuts in an insulting manner, and saying Brap, Brap, brap. His assistant also survived the attack, but Westwood escaped with a slightly bruised eyebrow and a throbbing pain in his right ventrical.

His trademark is his ability to develop a form of “patter” or vocal style to make him more appealing to the listener. As well as the loud sound effects, including explosions and repeated air-horns, Westwood uses his own form of street language. These include variations on: “That’s the way it goes down”, “Fall back!” and “Bow down and kiss the ring… and I don’t wear any jewellery”, “awwww pickaaaz”. These catchphrases have been sampled by the hip hop duo Capone-N-Noreaga on the song “Banned From TV”.

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