Westside (TQ song)

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Single by TQ
from the album They Never Saw Me Coming
Released September 15, 1998
Format Vinyl, Cassette, CD
Recorded 1998
Genre R&B
Length 5:04
Label Epic
Writer(s) Donald Custis
Producer(s) Femi Ojetunde, Mike Mosley, TQ
TQ singles chronology
"Better Days"

"Westside" was the lead single from TQ's debut album, They Never Saw Me Coming. The song was produced by Bay-area producers Femi Ojetunde and Mike Mosley, with TQ serving as co-producer. The song is an anthemic ode to TQ's native California. In the song's lyrics he mentions several other California musicians who influenced him, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Ice-T, Too Short and DJ Quik, at the end of "Westside", TQ dedicates the song to the deceased Eazy-E and Tupac Shakur.

Released late in 1998, "Westside" became a breakthrough hit for TQ, reaching No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, while also becoming a top 10 hit in several other countries, including the United Kingdom (#4), Ireland (#5) and the Netherlands (#3). In the US, "Westside" was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies on October 22, 1998. The song also took the final spot on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1998.

Single track listing[edit]

  1. "Westside" (Album Version)- 5:02
  2. "Westside" (Radio Version)- 3:52
  3. "Bye Bye Baby" (Snippet)- 1:12
  4. "Westside" (Instrumental Version)- 5:07
  5. "Bye Bye Baby (Snippet)"- 1:12

Westside Part II / Westside Part III (Single)[edit]

  1. "Westside Part II (My Melody)" (Feat. DJ Quik, Hi-C, James DeBarge, Playa Hamm & Suga Free (Clean Version) - 4:42
  2. "Westside Part II (My Melody)" (Feat. DJ Quik, Hi-C, James DeBarge, Playa Hamm & Suga Free (Dirty Version) - 4:42
  3. "Westside Part II (My Melody)" (Instrumental) - 4:42
  4. "Westside Part III (Bud'da Remix)" (Feat. Jayo Felony & Kam (Clean Version) - 4:04
  5. "Westside Part III (Bud'da Remix)" (Feat. Jayo Felony & Kam (Dirty Version) - 4:04
  6. "Westside Part II (Bud'da Remix)" (Instrumental) - 4:04

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  2. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  3. ^ "American single certifications – TQ – Westside". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 

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