Posts Tagged ‘ Hot 97 ’

Throwback Thursday Video.


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The ‘Throwback Thursday’ videos have been off and on over the last two years, but this is only because they need to be the right ones.  I remember it was 2002, and I was in the back of a friends car, getting a ride home from school from some friends, when “I Know What You Want” came on New York’s ‘Hot 97’, and I screamed at the driver not to change the station.  The silky melody and sultry bass lines of the song had me instantly hooked, and the song has been literally my favorite hip hop song ever since.  Check the method and reminisce.

DJ Snake vs. Hot 97.


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I never thought I’d see DJ Snake on Hot 97 for some odd reason, (but him doing an interview on the station makes perfect sense). But check out this in depth interview where he discusses how he got started, how Redman was originally supposed to be on ‘Turn Down For What’, working with Lady Gaga on ‘Born This Way’, and show’s off an exclusive DJ Premier remix of AlunaGeorge ‘You Know You Like It’.

How Did T-Pain Discover AutoTune?


TPain_InstagramT-Pain has throughout history been both praised and vilified for bringing auto-tune back to the forefront of music conversations all across the Hip Hop world.  Recently Teddy Pendergrass sat down with Juan Epstein of Hot 97 to talk about how he found his most distinguished musical tool.

Throwback Music Video: Angie Martinez ft. Q-Tip – Dem Thangs.


irGrowing up in Jersey, Hot 97 was always the station playing in the car, or on the radio at home.  Anyone who’s familiar with New York’s biggest radio station knows that you can’t listen for too long without hearing the voice of Angie Martinez.  She’s blessed the radio with her talent for years, but in 2001, she took to making music of her own, and put out the single Dem Thangs, featuring Q-Tip.  No matter where in New York you go, if the people you’re with are of the right age, they’ll know this track as soon as it starts.

Big Sean, Pusha T, & 2 Chainz, – Mercy (Live).



With all the controversy surrounding New Jersey’s Hot 97 Summer Jam, it’s a shame that some of the best performances were overshadowed by a performance that didn’t even happen.  (And before anyone jumps up my nose with the fact that Hot 97 is a New York radio station… the concert was HELD in New Jersey.)  But one of my favorite parts of the show was Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz getting together to perform their hit ‘Mercy’.  Check the method below.

Big Sean’s Latest Interview.


Big Sean speaks on if he smashed Nicki Minaj, hangin’ with Kim and Kanye, and Hot 97’s Summer Jam.

R.I.P. DJ Megatron.


TV and Radio personality DJ Megratron, whose given name was Corey McGriff, was shot in Staten Island at about 2 a.m. and pronounced dead on the scene a short time later.  The Staten Island resident had just moved to a new house and his girlfriend recently gave birth to his third child.  “Everybody is shocked,” said a close friend who asked not be identified. “He just had a new baby. He wasn’t feuding with anybody. Everybody liked him.”  His buddy said it was normal for Megatron to get back to Staten Island around 2 or 3 in the morning after working at a club or music event.

“I’m still shocked that somebody killed him,” he said. “I can’t even understand why. It could be somebody that he didn’t even know. At that time of the night people do all kinds of crazy things.  I can’t see it being a personal thing because I don’t know of anybody who had a personal issue with him,” he added. “But at the same time, when you start getting success you have people who don’t necessarily like that.”  Law enforcement officials would not immediately confirm McGriff’s identity. A police source said detectives have thus far not been able to track down an eyewitness to the murder.

Keith Robinson, who identified himself as Megatron’s father-in-law, said his family was distraught.  “He was a good person,” Robinson said, visibly upset, “Everyone’s just shocked.”  The Staten Island performer was a regular on BET’s “106th and Park,” and worked on HOT 97 two years ago.  A friend who arrived at the scene at about 4 a.m. said she talked to him a few hours earlier. “He just called me,” Lisa Torres said, “He asked me if I was going to [a friend’s] party.”  She became inconsolable as the news sank in.  “He’s right there on the ground. I can’t believe this,” she screamed as she broke down in tears. “You’re lying, you’re lying! That’s not Megatron right there!”

A very sad story, and a tragic end to someone who’s talent has touched not only my life, but has undoubtedly helped shape the styles of many Hip Hop DJ’s.  Rest in piece DJ Megatron.

Funk Flex Arested And Released.


According to TMZ, Funkmaster Flex was arrested today in New York after a woman told police Flex pushed her, tried to break her phone and then sent her threatening messages. Sources told TMZ that cops responded to a domestic violence call from a 40-year-old woman in home in Westchester early this morning. ‘When cops arrived, Flex was nowhere to be found … but the woman insisted he went ballistic on her and left.’ Cops managed to locate Flex a short time later — and arrested him on charges of harassment, aggravated harassment and criminal mischief. Flex was arraigned in Greenburgh Town Court a few hours ago and was released on $500 bail … but he’s been ordered to stay away from his accuser — pending a hearing later this month.

DJ Cipha Sounds Suspended From Hot 97 Following Comments About Haitian Girls Having HIV


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Popular radio/TV personality DJ Cipha Sounds has been suspended from Hot 97’s following comments directed at the Haitian community (“The reason I’m HIV negative is because I don’t mess with Haitian girls.”)  You can read the press release below, Cipha Sounds has already apologized (watch video below)  “I made a stupid, tasteless joke that was a one-liner that was taken totally the wrong way,” he said in an on-air apology. “I want to say sincerely that I apologize.”

HOT 97 today announced a three-part plan to address a recent comment made on-air by DJ Cipha Sounds.  First, the station announced that DJ Cipha Sounds has been suspended indefinitely. Second, Cipha will immediately undertake sensitivity training focused on the Haitian community and specifically, the challenges the Haitian community has faced in terms of the HIV epidemic.  Finally, HOT 97 announced it will work with local community leaders to utilize the influence of HOT 97 to increase awareness of HIV and community programs to address the HIV epidemic.  “Cipha made an immediate public apology and recognizes his insensitivity and the negative impact his comments have on all Haitians,” said Alex Cameron, SVP/Market Manager of Emmis-New York. “The Haitian community is an important part of our listenership whom we respect and value. The suspension is an indication of the importance we place on delivering a product that respects our Haitian audience. It’s a very regrettable and unfortunate circumstance for all involved and particularly because we know this is not the nature of this young man who has been an advocate of the Haitian community and a big part of our fundraising efforts for Haiti. He is committed to working with the Haitian community to make a difference and turn this negative incident into an opportunity for increased learning and awareness.”

Diddy Speaks on Lil Kim & Nicki Minaj.


So its a pretty widely known fact that Ms. Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim are engaged in a lyrical tiff. In her most recent release on the matter, Lil Kim may have had a line about feelings on Diddy. Diddy has been working with Minaj which some say is a reason for Kim to be upset. Diddy got on Hot 97 recently to discuss his feelings on the matter with Funk Master Flex, and had some relatively calm and insightful advice on the matter. Check the method below.