Vintage: JAY Z’s 1999 Tim Westwood Freestyle

blame it on Meka November 5, 2015

The year is 1999. The Sopranos would debut on HBO, as would Family Guy on Fox. Napster debuted, forever changing the landscape of music. And Shawn Carter was riding high from his breakout album from a year prior, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life. While readying his fourth album, the street-centric Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter, JAY Z Jay-Z headed across the pond and met with England’s influential deejay Tim Westwood (while he was still on BBC Radio 1) for a talk.

However, chatty-patty wasn’t the only thing on the schedule, as Tim invited Jay to flex his rapping chops. While spending some time over instrumentals of “One More Chance” and “The Symphony,” he would kick rhymes that would later land on songs like “Come & Get Me,” “NYMP” and “Do It Again.” Little did most of us know at that time who Jay Z would become just a few short years later…