Jay-Z and Tim Westwood have such a great rapport, and this week, they met up to talk about Hov’s new projects (Decoded, Greatest Hits, etc), his thoughts on hip hop and more. The full interview airs on Monday night on Tim’s BBC/1xtra show, I’ll be tuned into the webstream! (you can hear my “Celebrity Drama Report” on there too ; )

MissInfo Exclusive: listen to this preview clip of Hov talking about his recent recording sessions with Kanye West for their Watch the Throne collaborative album. The duo spent a few days at Peter Gabriel’s studio in Bath, England…and as jaded as I am, to hear Jay-Z’s description, it sounds like they created an amazing creative retreat out there. “Fireworks,” as Hov calls it. (**Also, an insider told me that the tracks they heard all had a very strong self-empowerment, black-male-empowerment vibe.)

Jay-Z on the Tim Westwood Show, sneak peek: Kanye West and the Watch The Throne sessions (alternate link)

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(how’s that for an inspirational setting? Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios)

Bonus Clip: when Tim brings up the subject of “the biggest beef of all time,” a/k/a MC Hammer’s “Better Run Run” video….Jay-Z reveals the real reason he’s in the UK ; ) Listen after the jump Jay-Z on the Tim Westwood Show, sneak peek: “Better Run Run” and MC Hammer (alt link)

And here’s King Hammer’s, um…..diss song:

Don’t forget to tune in for the full Jay-Z and Tim Westwood interview on Monday.

More photos of the studio compound where Jay-Z and Kanye recorded and stayed:

Welcome to Crazytown pt.2: MC Hammer “Better Run Run” (Jay-Z Diss)

Welcome to Crazytown: MC Hammer preps his holy war against Jay-Z

Kanye talks about Watch the Throne project, after debuting “Runaway” on MTV

Jay-z and Tim Westwood, full 2009 interview