SPECIAL DELIVERY: HOT NINE SEVEN

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The writing is on the wall for Hot 97. The funny part? I’ve said this for a while. I live in the Tri-State area and I rarely listen to Hot 97 or its competition. It’s not because it’s all bad. It’s just because I love sports and I like riding to ESPN.

When I do Tune in, I’m easily turned off by the content, the lack of radio broadcasting etiquette, and the same songs from the same artist. Don’t get me started on the almost 10 minutes (maybe more) of commercials. Some would say that I am not the demographic for their content. To that I say, stop calling yourself the home for Hip-Hop and R&B.

I’m a big fan of both genres and they are terribly represented. Some would say, well, what makes their competitors any different? I’d say, Hot 97 was here first. When Hot 97 first became that home for Hip-Hop and R&B, it was refreshing. A new station to represent a new generation. That being Generation X and Y.  Now it’s a radio station with no vision for the future.

When your hook for the morning show is the fact that it’s a White , a Black, and a Puerto Rican… Sh*t is already corny. When you talk about “real Hip-Hop” but you support “Hip-Pop” more than anything… Well… That’s just mixed messages that serve no one. We know it’s a business. Good business practice is to not contradict your mission statement.

What is that mission nowadays? Sh*t on Nicki Minaj for her lack of Hip-Hop but play her sh*t because you need to keep the lights on? Which one is it? We’re not mad if you go one way or another, just stand for something or STFU.

This is why the Chuck D Twitter rants, the Dame Dash attacks have so much weight to them. People see the contradiction. Most are turned off by it. Angie Martinez’s resigning, and then signing with your direct competitor is just another point being made. They need a management change, a new mission and direction. I used to love Hot Nine Seven, now I’m like, whatever. I don’t listen…

24 Years… 24 HOURS of Hip-Hop

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It’s not just 24 HOURS of Strictly Hip-Hop Music, it’s 24 HOURS of Hip-Hop Culture Personified.

Baltimore’s Strictly Hip-Hop has done something that a lot of Hip-Hop shows across the nation haven’t always been able to maintain… We have run for 24 Years straight. Unaltered and unfiltered. It is that long standing integrity that has kept the Hip-Hop fans in the Metropolitan area faithful and supportive. Now, with the assistance of a live stream, we present it to the world!

From its days with The Underground Experience, to the classic interview and shoutout on Wu-tang Clan’s Enter the 36 Chambers, to the numerous artists that have come through the studios of Morgan State University WEAA 88.9, WE ARE STILL HERE!

Strictly Hip-Hop is a landmark. We should be celebrated by many across the nation and the globe. Not because we claim to be the best, but because we prove it. We prove it with the pedigree of our deejays… Past and Present. We prove it with the awareness we bring to the culture as a whole. The lessons we’ve taught fans & up and coming artists about the music and the business.

The diversity we’ve shown with the staff over the years, and more importantly, how Strictly Hip-Hop Alumni have gone on to do greater things.

This Friday is your opportunity to experience that legacy in the form of a 24 HOUR BROADCAST! 24 YEARS AND COUNTING… TUNE IN STARTING AT MIDNIGHT FRIDAY’S JUNE 13TH, RIGHT HERE ON ITSSTRICTLY.COM OR LISTEN ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE VIA THE TUNEIN APP. IT’S STRICTLY!

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Re-Release Tuesdays “Hate It Or Love It”

I wasn’t the biggest Game fan when he came out.  The name dropping was a problem for me.  This is your debut album and all you have to talk about are other rappers? I couldn’t deny the fact that some of the beats and songs were hot. I agree with the notion that he helped to bring that West Coast style of Hip-Hop back.  This week’s Re-Release is The Game ft. 50 Cent “Hate It or Love It“.

Once the Game surfaced as a force in hip-hop, a big deal was made of his dance with death. Apparently he was shot five times. If you’re scoring at home, that’s four times less than label mate and executive producer 50 Cent. After the altercation that nearly took his life, the Game took a crash course in hip-hop and studied up on the master MCs from both coasts. Within a year of rapping for the first time, Dr. Dre took notice and was compelled to offer an Aftermath contract. the Game is also from Compton, just like his mentor, so guess where the allegiances fall? An N.W.Amedallion hangs from his neck, an N.W.A logo is inked across his chest, and an image of the late Eazy-E is on his right forearm. If none of this makes it clear enough, the Game name drops beloved heroes — including just about everyone ever connected to N.W.A, save for CPO – with great frequency” – Allmusic.com

SPECIAL DELIVERY:LAUGH LOUDEST

 

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As of the this post, the deal hasn’t been finalized yet but everyday is officially Dre Day. At least in his household. If you’ve been under a rock, Apple is set to acquire Beats Audio for BILLIONS of dollars. Dre was probably already set for life, now his grand kids, grand kid’s, grand kids are set.

This brother has come a long way. He’s had a lot of ups and downs. He’s had a lot of people try to tarnish his business, sully his name. Everything you can think of. Who’s laughing now?

I like the fact that Hip-Hop artist like 50 Cent, Jay Z, and Dre have become moguls. I would get sad when I looked at how legendary artist like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and more are just… Old Rappers. Still rapping to eat in some cases.

This isn’t disrespect, it’s just the truth. Look at Ice Cube. I mean, music got him there but TV and Movies is where he makes his bread. Look at The Fresh Prince (Yes,  Will Smith), he is light years away from his days as a rapper…. ONLY.

It’s encouraging. It’s inspiring. It’s the new rap game, and everybody wants to get there. But I’ll tell you this… Dope Hip-Hop records is what started it all. Don’t lose sight of that. #Salute

Re-Release Tuesdays “Wild Out”

This one is dedicated to Solange.  There is something to say about a person who has reached their breaking point. Lol! Seriously, this Lox record was the result of the group finally being released from the clutches of Bad Boy Records.  Though the album, as a whole, was hit and miss for me…it’s still a testament to the group’s hard edge rhymes.  This week’s Re-Release is the Lox’s “Wild Out“.

The LOX‘s highly publicized and drawn-out defection from Puffy‘s Bad Boy Records to DMX‘s Ruff Ryder camp was imperative. Not only because Puffy‘s glossy sound openly clashed with the group’s thug mentality, but the change of scenery also furnished JadakissSheek, and Styles with an opportunity to assert their own identity. While The LOX as a unit do not offer much in terms of topical dexterity, Jadakiss is one the industry’s most underappreciated lyricists, which he clearly reiterates on his solo cut “Blood Pressure.” Ruff Ryders in-house producer Swizz Beatz handles most of the production duties, and although his syncopated production can become repetitious, DJ Premier (“Recognize”) and Timbaland (“Ryde or Die Bitch,” featuring Eve and Drag-On) provide some much-needed diversity with their signature sounds. The rowdy lead single, “Wild Out,” is an obvious reworking of Jay-Z‘s “Jigga My Nigga,” but it was a hit on rap radio.” – Allmusic.com