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What a year for the world's most famous Hip Hop station. We take a look in this edition of the DX Daily Breakdown.

In this edition of the DX Daily Breakdown, we peruse through a year's worth of HOT 97 headlines.

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60 Comments

  • ReneetheG

    This was great. I love industry news.

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  • Brooklyn

    LOOKS LIKE JUSTINS MAKING A BID FOR A SPOT ON HOT97!! HA! GOOD SHIT, DX.

  • Anonymous

    i cant stand ebro...he single handedly caused the decline of hot97..first by saying shit about k.foxx,den d annoying interview with riff raff,which he ruined,he took shots at power 105

    • ReneetheG

      All of those reasons r why I feel he needed to step forward.. It would have easily become Rosenberg radio starring Macklemore.

    • Justin Hunte

      RiFF RAFF's reaction to that interview was classic. Thank you for the comment, Anonymous.

  • PATHH88

    Funk Flex and Cipha Sounds need to stick to beat juggling and mixes, flex is THE most annoying interviewer ever and Cipha sounds totally disengaged...and as i live in the UK, i don't know what sort of playlists hot 97 have but i am 100% sure it is not a Hip Hop station, i would hazard a guess it is an "urban" station playing "urban" music such as 2chainz, rihanna, future, beyonce, robin thicke, pharell, nicki minaj and all that other garbage....maybe some below the radar Hip Hop through the late night but prob no independent artists, labels etc, especially during the daytime...it kills me when something is labelled Hip Hop and is far from it, mis-selling the culture to the next generation...like those "Hip Hop Dance Classes" that teach "Street Dancing" but have absolutely nothing to do with B-Boying...again, mis-selling the culture....

    • Justin Hunte

      "Pop and Lock and Pop and Lock and Pop and Lock..." Those Hip Hop exercise videos were off the charts unintentionally hilarious. It doesn't bother me when 2 Chainz, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj come on the radio. I'm actually feeling all of Nicki's recent releases. It's good to hear her RAP again. Regardless of gender, few can compete with her on the mic. You raised another point that Andre Grant and I were talking about last week: What if HOT 97 went to a Golden Era music format like KDAY, but kept all the conversations about current artists? I think it would work in New York, though Dre says that it would squander the station's younger audience. I don't have insight on 97's demographics, so I can't estimate cost benefit analysis. But I do question how many younger listeners are listening to the radio on the way to school. How many teenagers/college kids drive to work in New York City anyway?

  • Vic

    Keep up the good work

  • Anonymous

    Why doesn't this station die already? SMH! Ebro killed the whole music scene in NYC and that station. Glad Angie left! He must be fucking his boss. That's the only other explanation I can come up with for why he still has a job.

    • Justin Hunte

      I'm not ready to live in a world without Hot 97 on the airwaves. The station means too much to Hip Hop. Shutting it down would hit as hard as when Bloomberg demolished Five Points, regardless of rather recent criticism. Thank you for the comment, Anonymous.

    • Vic

      ahaha AMEN!! He's the cancer at hot 97. I would love to see Miss Info leave and go to Power and DJ Enuff. Both stations switched places. Hot 97 was better then Power for awhile but now Power is dominate!

  • ED40

    Hot 97 should have a roster change, out with the old, in with the new. Give some new DJ's a with a fresh perspective a turn. Sick of their negative bitching.

    • Justin Hunte

      It's funny, I'm loving the new NBA trend of recent retirees like Jason Kidd and Derek Fisher snagging head coaching jobs immediately after hanging up the kicks. I feel like I've seen the same mediocre coaches get job after job after job after job after job after job without ever sniffing a title my entire basketball watching life. Entertainment seems to move in a similar fashion. I do question whether any multimillion dollar corporation will entrust its future dividends to unproven management and on-air talent. But nothing is above a refresh. Great comment, ED40. thank you.

  • Anonymous

    fuck flex the only black nigga on hot97 LMFO

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  • hip hop lives

    great story dx need to keep this kinda stuff going have to admit tho i was waiting for you to bring in lord jamar for his take and ruin the whole thing

    • ReneetheG

      Justin, if you don't do it now someone else will..

    • Justin Hunte

      We're thinking of printing T-Shirts that say: "Lord Jamar says..." Entirely kidding. Well...maybe not entirely. Nah. Seriously kidding. For real. I'm less than 32% serious. I really appreciate you checking the piece, hip hop lives. Thank you.

  • Ballard

    Good piece. Being a non-NYer, the fact that I along with other fans are so familiar with both stations is a testament to their reach. Sometimes brands can take for granted their position in a market. I think that's what has happened here.

    • Justin Hunte

      That happens too often, unfortunately. Organizations sleep walking through an evolving landscape happens far too often too. The commenter KAZ (below) raised the bigger issue in my opinion. Regardless of specific gripe, HOT 97 is suffering from serious likeability challenges. Thank you for checking this out, Ballard.

  • Anonymous

    This clown clearly didn't do his research. KMEL flipped to a full-time hip hop format in 1987.

  • Anonymous

    The culture has spoken Mr. Hunte. Hot97 does a poor representation of the culture and black race. Yet here you are still giving them some shine. "The Company Man" title fits you well. Stop selling out the culture.

    • Justin Hunte

      That might be the kindest diss I've received in a while. Thank you for that, Anonymous. And thank you for checking the video as well.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the video and its content, for that matter. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more intelligent insight ,which provokes rational dialouge. Hot 97 to me is what the knicks are to the nba. A great establishment that has poor guidance, poor at sticking to their brand, and poor at being the trendsetter they once were. It's pretty sad cause I remember the inception of when hot 97 became where hip hop lives. I think hot 97 has become a dinosaur by thinking they were always going to be the king of the hill.

    • Justin Hunte

      As blasphemous as this may sound, I liken HOT 97 more to the Boston Celtics: an organization that racked up more rings that any of its competition then ran into a major slump. The Celts returned to the winner's circle in 2008. HOT 97 will bounce back. I appreciate the comment, Anonymous. Thank you. We're growing.

    • Justin Hunte

      "Trollin" has become the new "Hater." It's shallowly dismissive. It's something people say now when they don't have a more honest or insightful response. Not to say that trolls don't exist. Not to say that saying someone's "Trolling" is never warranted. Not to say that you're necessarily trolling, either. But it's such a popular crutch now, it actually blocks potential quality conversation. Nevertheless, Thank you for the comment, Anonymous.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck Ebro! he's a clown.

  • HUH

    Keep it up DX. This is the best thing you guys have done in a long time.. Dialog beats desperately named articles every time.

  • Anonymous

    im liking these videos DX Good work. We need Disqus tho...

  • fs

    Funk Flex's mixes r still dope

  • DRE

    This is a conversation starter. The piece is basically showing that in order to keep up with the times you have to change. Radio is now a place of entertainment. Music is secondary. The Breakfast CLub is entertaining. No one remembers the music that is played during their show. Angie has that same appeal. She knew how to ask the right questions aka the voice of NY. I think Hot97 still has the platform and they still have history. Summer Jam is still a National stage for artist. What people are missing is that in order to stand out Hot 97 will have to be different from everyone else like they were different in '93. Once they find what will set them apart...it will be back to the top. Miss Info should get a spot on Hot97 - she has been molded by the best (Sway and Angie) Flex should bring back turntablism and appreciation for the music of our past. Last point, there is so much music coming out and mediums to fuel it through now that it will be hard for Hot97 or Power 105 to truly keep up.

    • Justin Hunte

      Andre Grant and I were actually discussing that in #DXHQ the other. Being entertaining is an industry. Hot 97 is one of those unfortunate examples where perception is reality. The criticisms most often lobbied at Hot 97not reppin' New York Hip Hop, or whateverare a by product of what you identified: a branding issue. The headlines are the headlines. Whatever. But an argument can be made that Power is looking cooler now. Steve Stoute's Tanning Of America talks extensively about authenticity and trading in cool. Regardless of agreement, Hov sells a shit-ton of cool, and he's a co-owner of Translation. Pepsi does it too. And Call Of Duty. It's an effective approach when we're all walking scoreboards. "How many Twitter followers you got?" From some perspectives, t's literally possible to count your cool points. It's easy to have an opinion on Hot 97. It's the world's first and most iconic Hip Hop radio station. It's easy to criticize because in a weird way all of us Hip Hop fans are connected to Hot 97 in some way. A lot of the criticism the station receives is miss labeled. From McDonalds to Merrill Lynch, "Likeability" plays a major role in everything. I really enjoyed the comment, DRE. Thank you.

  • KD

    Urban Station with only two black people with 1 of them (Flex) being the most annoying interviewer ever. I can't take a Hip Hop station seriously that barely has any people from the urban demographic when urban black people made Hip-Hop what it is and continue to make up the majority of Hip-Hop artists. Don't get me wrong I am all for diversity in Hip Hop. I love Yelawolf and Em is my favorite rapper. But its bullshit how they barely involve black people on a station that basically plays black artist 98% of the time. Black people are so complacent with the pimiping of our culture by people who don't know anything about urban culture. Hilarious.

    • Justin Hunte

      Some day in the future, someone will be saying the same thing about the first NHL team to start all Black players. I'm calling it now. Thank you for checking the piece, KD.

  • da Mayor of MN

    rosenberg is annoying, ebro is corny, flex is both and washed up, cipha is forgetable. lauren stylez is the only thing they got going. idk the asian chick. jack thriller, thats my mans bro is hilarious but i'd rather see him at power

  • Kaz

    I feel as Hot 97 is shooting themselves in the foot for these past couple of years. They leave themselves open for criticisms ranging from the lack of NY music rotation and over saturation of southern music, to each of the staff's personal issues and situations (Flex domestic violence accusations, Cee's transgender mishaps, Ebro beefing against NY legends like Chuck D and Talib Kweli and accusing your employee of sleeping around to get her a job and calling her out on TV resulting in her leaving, Cipha's comments against Hatian women). People get tired of it including myself and made the permanent switch to Power 105.1 mainly due to a better morning show (The Breakfast Club), but also the environment around that station seems always upbeat. I feel Angie made the right choice to leave Hot 97 because she was around that station since the glory days 20 years ago and I feel she didn't deserve to go down a sinking ship while she is the only show I look forward to on that station. She is a legend and deserved better and she cashed in with Power 105.1. No matter how much Hot 97 may try to play it off or who they try to replace her with, they knew they dropped the ball by letting her go out the door and i feel their ratings will suffer because of it and what they lose Power 105.1 will gain and then some. Dope breakdown Justin!

    • Justin Hunte

      Thank you, Kaz! Here's what I keep wondering: Angela Yee did an interview a few months page with Page 7 discussing some of her greatest interviews, the Kanye / Charlamagne conversation on The Breakfast Club, some other stuff. But she also explains why she didn't join Cipha and Rosenberg on the Morning Show. If interested, the quote's at the end of the reply. Regardless, I can't help but wonder if and what might've happened had Angela Yee been in K Foxx's seat when Ebro said what he said on air and on Gossip Game. Would the scenario have played out the same? Maybe Angela Yee doesn't pick the same story that day as K Foxx picked. Maybe Ebro goes even farther. I can't call it at all. But it's interesting to think about. Here's the quote: It was a practical decision that Im glad I made, she says. "When they offered me the job at Hot 97, I just didnt like the whole way that it happened. Cipha [Sounds] and I used to work together at Sirius. He left to go to Hot 97 and he definitely wanted me to come with him. Before they even offered me the job, they told everybody in the building that I was coming to work there. They were pitching me for advertisers. Mind you, no one had spoken to me. No one had offered me a job. So my job is like, Yo, are you leaving and going to Hot 97, 'cause thats what were hearing? Im like, No. I havent even spoken to anybody over there. No ones talked to me. So I think they just assumed no one ever turns down a job there. So, shes gonna definitely going to take it. I came in there. They offered me the job. I said, Well, I need to think about it. And he was like, You need to think about it? What do you need to think about? Im like, I need to think about the low money that you offered me because I make more than that at Sirius now. The fact that I wouldnt be an equal on the show, that was one of my main things. It was Cipha Sounds and [Peter] Rosenberg. I said, Am I gonna be equal to them? [They said] 'No youre not. Your names not even gonna be on the show. I was like, Well, I have my own show right now. Why would I leave having my own show to come be on a show that Im not even part of? Im just an extra person and youre paying me less money.' Practically, it didnt make sense to me, practicalitywise. Thats why I turned it down. Sidenote: If incredulous, Rosenberg, Ebro, and Cipha recounted the story the same way DX's interview with them from April.

  • o dog

    justin hunte u look like a bitch nigga

    • Justin Hunte

      Thanks for checking the piece, o dog and Anonymous. I sincerely appreciate it. We drop a new episode every Monday through Saturday.

    • Anonymous

      word up bro, and he a dick rider smh FUCK DX AND HOT 97 #CULTUREVULTURES

  • flah101

    does funk flex have cerebral palsy in his anus? he is annoying.

  • Anonymous

    I read Hot 97 is bring over Jack Thriller from ThisIs50.

    • Justin Hunte

      @Anonymous Why do you say that?

    • Anonymous

      I don't think Combat Jack would do it

    • Justin Hunte

      Vibe actually did a list of 10 possible replacements for Angie. They selected Free, Sway, Info, Combat Jack, Big Boy and a few others. Jack Thriller didn't crack the list, but he'd bring a ton of freshness to the format. Thanks for the comment, Anonymous.

  • ssme1986@gmail.com

    Ebro need to leave. He's the problem

  • Anonymous

    great breakdown.

  • bobi

    as the game continues to evolve into style over substance, hot97 represents an old guard of "substance" or "real hip hop". the politics of what the market dictates will push hip hop further away from what hot97 is forced to uphold. what should Info and Flex do? exactly what Angie did and seek greener pastures. let hot97 embrace the underdog position and rebuild from the ground up with new personalities and new voices to represent new times.

    • Justin Hunte

      It's interesting, there's a real argument to be made that this could be the best opportunity for Info, especially after coming off of a glowing piece in Buzzfeed. Great read, if you haven't checked it out. Flex is basically his own mini industry. I don't know if moving makes a difference for him. Great point about embracing the underdog role. It's definitely a new challenge for the station. It'll be super interesting to watch. Thanks for the comment, bobi. I appreciate it.