Hot 97′s Ebro
Air It Out

ebro1.jpgEven if the New York Post stopped running full page, sensational headlines about them, Hot 97 would still be the most famous hip-hop station on earth. They nearly cornered the market in the ’90s with their top-notch talent, but in the last five years—since their competitor Power 105 has started giving them a run for their money—they’ve become more known for drama than for music. Three rapper-related shootings have occurred outside the station, most recently when Brooklyn rapper Gravy was shot in the rear in April. As a result, police have said they will install a surveillance camera outside the West Village studios, and the station’s landlords have started an eviction process.

Hoping to get an inside perspective, XXLMAG.COM reached out to the guy behind the guy, 31-year-old Ebro Darden, the station’s Assistant Program Director and Music Director. Prior to joining the station in 2002, this Oakland, CA native made major moves in Sacramento radio. Today, Ebro spends his days deciding what music will be played on the station, along with writing promos for events, helping on-air personalities with their focus and planning the station’s direction, which includes their recently launched Hot 97 Throwbacks channel, a new HD radio station that plays hip-hop classics 24 hours a day. While the lawyers were definitely watching, we managed to get Ebro to sound off on stupid rappers, judging music and why New York keeps hating on the Bay.

Were you in the building when Gravy was shot last week?
I arrived 10 minutes after the incident. I’m on call 24 hours a day. We didn’t realize anyone had been hurt.

How do people at the station react when there’s a shooting?
Everything comes to a standstill and it’s very serious. Personally, it’s very frustrating and sad. Hot 97 is trying to help young artists have a profile and a platform, but I guess shame on us. We never censor artists or try to dictate what they should be or should not be talking about in their music, but we definitely do not condone this stupidity that rappers seem to think makes them relevant.

Do you think the fact that there will be a police camera outside the station will make certain rappers more hesitant to visit Hot 97?
We’ve always been under the microscope because we’re authentic and real. When have the authorities ever wanted young minorities to have a platform to vent their frustrations, heartaches, desires and fears? So just because the NYPD hasn’t placed a camera outside [before], don’t think for a second that this studio hasn’t been under surveillance.

Why do you think New York radio thrives on drama so much?
I think New York City has a lot of drama, so of course a radio station that is a part of the lifestyles of the listeners and the music will reflect some aspects of real life in New York.

The local New York City media seems to love kicking Hot 97 around. Do you ever feel like they target the station unjustly?

I feel like drama sells and we have the most popular, recognizable brand in radio, so newspapers and media outlets know we garner interest and sell newspapers. It’s a gift and a curse.

The station came under a lot of heat last year during the “Tsunami Song” controversy. What kind of social responsibility do you think a radio station has to its community?
First, the “Tsunami Song” was dumb. Second, we have a large [sense of] social responsibility, which is why we are the only young hip-hop station that has a community talk show that plays in primetime. “Street Soldiers” with Lisa Evers comes on at 9 p.m. on Sundays [when] the entire city can hear it.

ebro2.jpgWhen deciding what music to play, how do you distinguish between your “personal taste” and your professionally trained “ear”? It seems like they might be the same thing in a lot of cases.
Of course personal taste plays a part in anyone’s decision, but most music is picked by me, Mister Cee, Angie, Funkmaster Flex and DJ Enuff. We talk daily about music. Plus, I talk to Kay Slay, Absolut, Camilo, Jazzy and Coco, Cipha Sounds and Envy about the things that are breaking out of the streets and clubs, to be ahead of the trends. We look at sales, we look at downloads, ringtone downloads, video airplay, and just general market exposure on a song. Everyone here is very active in clubs around the Tri-State, so we can get a gauge there as well. My personal music tastes really don’t fit mainstream tastes. We do get Talib, dead prez, Common, The Roots, Nas, Jay-Z and things that I like in rotation. But, generally, the mainstream hip-hop music tastes don’t include [most of] those artists. I do like the music we play, but the content gets redundant sometimes.

It must be weird working at a major New York hip-hop station at a time when there aren’t a lot of New York artists really popping, compared to Southern artists. How do you deal with the conflict between repping the City and presenting music that’s popular nationally?
We pick and choose carefully, based on sonic appeal and our gut feelings. We’ve successfully helped many NY artists break mainstream in the last couple years, but NY is in a music transition. Young artists are working to become hot, and older, more familiar artists are working to stay important to young people. There’s no conflict for us ’cause we always make sure NY artists get on, as long as they have the proper marketing plans and we feel that the mainstream audience will be able to identify with them and support them. This is very important because we want to be able to research a song’s progress, and we’ve found a correlation between videos, marketing and the response our audience has to music.

You’re from Oakland. With Bay Area rap undergoing such resurgence lately, do you ever feel compelled to put people up on the music from your hometown?
I’ve been bringing Bay hip-hop to Flex, Enuff, Green Lantern, Kay Slay and Cipha since I got here. They show it love. The majority of our listeners aren’t really feeling it. Every time we bring E-40 up on “Angie’s Music Meeting,” they shoot it down or vote on something else to be played instead. So NY as a whole is still not completely feeling the Bay. NY is not even completely embracing the South either. NY has always been that way. They have their own artists and own sounds, so outsiders have to work extra hard if they wanna get embraced here.

  • ReDiCuLouS

    What better place to find notoriety than the world’s most popular radio station..& having yourself shot in front of it can’t hurt!?! Gravy needs to stick the script, cuz this shit aint workin. And by script I aint talkin bout Bigs movie either. A lotta NY wouldnt know good music if it jumped out they blunts. Ya’ll can’t hait on Charlie Hustle niggas.
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  • Mally

    Its cool NY don’t embrace the South, cause we don’t really play they shit neither….so its a eye for an eye.

  • http://www.myspace.com/geoffdilkes G Off

    Ebro- shout out from the Rose City!

  • http://www.murphyprojects.com SHAHEIM ALI

    FUCK COLD 97! YA NIGGAZ COULD SUCK A DICK! THE STREETS RECORDS IS NEVER GONNA DIE! THAT SHIT WILL BE AROUND EVEN AFTER THAT OTHER RADIO STATION RUN YA MUTHAFUKAZ… BUT BIG UP TO THE MIXTAPE GAME, THAZ THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF STREET MUSIC! I DON’T LISEN TO THE RADIO SO i’M GOOD BUT ALL YA NIGGAZ THAT DO, KEEP DOING IT! BUT THE STREET MUSIC IS GONNA RUN SHIT FOR LIFE… BUT ALL YA NIGGAZ RUNNIN’ THESE RADIO STATIONS SUCK A DICK… O YEAH I DON’T REALLY LIKE THIS CORNBALL THAT YA HAD A INTERVIEW WITH, FUCK HE TALKING ABOUT HE CHECK OUT HOW MANY RECORDS PEOPLE SELL, OR HOW MANY DOWNLOADS OR RINGTONES THEY HAD?? NIGGA YOU’IS A FUCKIN’ TOY! GET OFF THE CRACK! ITZ EASY TO JUMP ON SOMEBODY DICK WHEN THEY ALREADY GOT IT POPPIN’, BUT YOU NOT INTRODUCING NO NEW ARTISTS, SO FUCK YOU, YOU LOOK LIKE A CORNBALL, I WASN’T SUPRISED THAT YOU WAS FROM FAGGOT ASS CALI… GO BACK THERE AND LEAVE US NEW YORK NIGGAZ WITH THAT STREET HEAT! ONE LUV NYC, WE GONNA GET OUR STOP BACK! ONE LUV…. BX ALL DAY!

  • HUSTLEHARD

    N.Y. AINT GOTTA EMBRACE SOUTHERN RAP….BUT LIKE THE LATE GREAT PAC SAID “U AINT GOTTA BUMP IT BUT PLEASE RESPECT IT” THA SOUTH GOT SOMTHIN TO SAY!!!!!

  • Azn&Proud

    FUCK HOT 97!! and the tsunami song! way to dodge the question you racist fuck! would it be funny to make a song about the black community or the white community? no, it would be seen as racist. sooooo…its NO different from hot 97 making fun of asian people. FUCK ALL OF THE STAFF AND THE STATION AS A WHOLE!!! and anyone who listens to that racist piece of shit radio station.

  • WACC WALL KILLA

    Mally Says:

    May 9th, 2006 at 4:26 pm
    Its cool NY don’t embrace the South, cause we don’t really play they shit neither….so its a eye for an eye.

    WHAT THE FUCC ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I LIVE IN NU YORK ALL YOU HEAR IS FUCCIN TI YOUNG JEEZY SHAWNA LUDACRIS LIL JON FRANCHISE BOYZ AND A BUNCH OF SOUTHERN ARTIST DAT’S WHY I CAN’T FUCCIN LISTEN TO DA RADIO ANYMORE THE ONLY NU YORK ARTISTS GETTIN REGULAR SPINS IS THEM GGGGGGGGGG-UNIT NIGGAS AND SOMETIMES YOU HEAR DIPSHIT THE ONLY TIME YOU HEAR A LOT OF NU YORK MUSIC IS ON DA MIXTAPE SHOWS BUT THEM SHIT COME ON LATE AT NITE AT FUCCIN MIDNITE SO NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE GET TO HEAR THEM SO CHECC YOUR FACTS BEFORE YOU TALK BAD ABOUT SOMETHIN HOMIE AND ONE MORE THING CHECC OUT THE SUMMER JAM LINE UP YOU GOT T.I YOU GOT YOUNG JEEZY YOU GOT JD AND DEM FRANCHISE BOYZ PROBABLY BOW WOW CHRIS BROWN THE ONLY N.Y PEOPLES ARE FUCCIN BUSTA RHYMES AND MOBB DEEP AND I GUESS MARY J BUT SHE DOES R&B

    ANYWAYS FUCC WACC WALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    yea MALLY you are kind of off. NY plays mad Southern shit… its what’s hot right now. And it knocks in people’s whips. I got NJ cats who love TI and Jeezy, Lil Wayne and all that. Just talked to my peoples about Chamillionaire today.

  • 11KAP

    Word! Azn put Hot97 on blast. You can’t be a so-called black radio staion and be just as racist as the white folks. It might as well be redneck radio. I bet people don’t like the comparison, but it is the same, especially being that we as black people have yet to overthrow these white americans. They still have their feet on our necks to this day, basically. Maybe that’s why they have many of us playing scapegoat and acting a fool like them.

  • G-Unot Killa

    what the fuck ya’ll niggas dissin a radio stations 4 that retarded as fuck get mothafuckin life got damn niggas ain’t nothing better 2 do wit their time Shit!!

  • http://www.murphyprojects.com SHAHEIM ALI

    yo to that last cat talking about he rep the Bx, nigga uain’t reppin’ shit but all dem down south homo thugz! aight now let me go on and make my muthafukin’ point! ain’t NOBODY hatin’ on down south. shit when I wanna fuck a decent bitch or wanna just wild-out a lil I’ma go down south but listen ya toy ass niggaz, WE TALKING HIP HOP here! not ya 2nd grade rhymes. I ain’t hating on the south, but I’m saying though, ya niggaz got no skillz when it come to this rap shit. like I Said before, go across the muthafukin’ globe and ask real hip hop heads to name you they top 10 nah fuck it, TOP 20! and see if you gonna find any down south albums in there! YOU NOT! first of all rap is all about that slick talk! and ya niggaz don’t even got that. ya niggaz is slow! when ONE of ya down south rappers could say a line like my nigga 40 .CAL said than come holla (“THE ONLY TIME YOUR HEATER GO OFF IS WHEN YOU DON’T PAY YOUR GAS BILL”) or what my nigga Jada said (“YOU AIN’T GOTTA WORRY ABOUT JADA BEING A SNITCH, ONLY TIME I DROP A DIME IS WHEN I’M LEAVING A BITCH”) come on dawgs i could go on for days, ONLY NYC NIGGAZ SAY SHIT LIKE THAT! ya down south niggaz is fruit cakes, with all them homo simple lines like “I WEN TO THE PARTY TO FUCK A GIRL, BABY YOU NEED TO COME WITH ME SO I CAN GIVE YOU THE WORLD” ..get the fuck up outta here with that bullshit! see what I mean ya internet thugz??? down south is too simple and too slow! niggaz will NEVER have lyrics! niggaz sound stupid when they talk! thatz why nyc niggaz ALWAYZ GET THE HOES! and ya niggaz don’t get shit! leave that hip hop shit to us and ya go ahead and do ya crunk music or whateva u call it! might as well call it ROCK AND ROLL!!!! ya niggaz ain’t saying nothing! aight check this out, I’ma give all ya down south wanna be rappers and fanz a chance to get at me, on the next post TELL ME , PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, TELL ME ONE HOT LINE THAT A DOWN SOUTH WANNA BE RAPPER SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST ONE!!!! and than I’ll shut the fuck up aight!!!?!!!!! here go one more example of a down south rapper spittin’ “i’m the boss, who floss, got hoes like diana ross, i got girls that need to get they ass tossed!” AND THAT AIN’T NO RAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO GET THE FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! before i go ya down south trash niggaz come go to the HALL OF FAME and educate ya dumbasses, if you wanna know what a hip hop class sounds like , here go a few……………….. go and cop that cuz them shits is straight fire doggy! —————– ILLMATIC, READY TO DIE, LIFE AFTER DEATH, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, INFAMOUS MOBB, THE REALNESS, POWER OF A DOLLAR, BLUEPRINT, THE BLACK ALBUM, IN MY LIFE TIME VOL. 2, REASONABLE DOUBT, AGAINST ALL ODDS (tragedy khadafi), THE TESTAMENT, ITS DARK AND HELL IS HOT, THE WAR REPORT, CAM’S CONFESSION OF FIRE, ENTER THE WU, COLLEGE DROPOUT, PHILADELPHIA FREEWAY, ONLY BUILT FOR CUBAN LINX, CLIPSE’S 1ST JOINT, THE FIRM, come on yo i could go on and on and on on on on!!! YA NIGGAZ GET THE POINT! look out for these up and coming rookies of the year PAPOOSE, JR WRITER (stop flossin’ dawg, go back to the old dayz) TRU LIFE, MAINO, PEEDI CRACKK, GRAVY, J HOOD.. just to name a few…… o yeah one more thing, I THINK ALL YA RAPPERS BE TRYING TO USE THE HOOD TO GET PROPS, TALKING ABOUT YOU REP THE HOOD, NIGGAZ U DON’T REP SHIT, ALWAYS TALKING DOWN ON THE HOOD AND THAN TALKING ABOUT U IS THE HOOD, HOW NIGGA??? AIN’T NOBODY IN THE HOOD GOT NO BMW’S OR BENTLEYS OR NO SHIT LIKE THAT, I’MA HOOD NIGGA YO AND I GOT ONE QUESTION FOR ALL YA RAPPERS INCLUDING NYC RAPPERS, COME TO THE BRONX IN FRONT OF I.S. 193 JUNIOR H.S. WHERE WE BALL AT, RIGHT NEXT TO MURPHY PROJECTS IN 174TH STREET AND SHOW ME ONE NIGGA THAT GOT A BENTLY??? COME ON DAWG, U TALKING ABOUT YOU REP THE HOOD, NIGGA YOU DON’T REP THE HOOD, YA NIGGAZ JUST WANNA USE US TO GET PROPS… BUT BIG UP TO ALL MY NIGGAZ THATZ REALLY ON THE GRIND YO, TAK, TFT, BTB, CBB, TS, OTB and all ya cats. o yeah and my nigga BRACK, REST IN PEACE TO MY NIGGA ZUSE! Aight i’m done but…………there ya niggaz go I ain’t hating just real talk son! if ya niggaz got sum real points to make come holla other wise suck a dick up til u hick up nigga! ……………….P.E.A.C.E!

  • HUSTLEHARD

    MAN,YOU DONT KNOW WUT THA FUCK U^^^ TALKIN BOUT.THE SOUTH GOT PLENTY OF NIGGAZ WHO GO HARD!!!! UGK,T.I.,DEVIN DA DUDE,SCAREFACE,LIL WAYNE,STAT QUO,OUTKAST,LUDA,KILLA KYLEON,BIG TUCK,8 BALL/MJG,MAGNO,SLIM THUG,GHETTO BOYS,CHAMILLIONARE,BOBBY CREEK,JODY BREEZE,FIELD MOB,ETC. SOUNDS LIKE U HATIN TO ME……U THINK N.Y. AINT GOT “HOMO THUGZ” YA’LL THE ONES WHO MADE HIPHOP COMERCIAL,THATS WHY THA DIRTY GOT NOW!!!!! JA RULE,F.A.B.O.HOMO,ANY ARTIST “DIDDY” TOUCHES,FAT JOE,DIP SHIT,JADAKISS(AHHEAAA),”JUELZ CHRIS BROWNS BUDDY” SANTANA. U SOUND BITTER HATTER!! DONT WORRY N.Y. WILL MAKE A COMEBACK. UNTIL THEN THA SOUTH GOT SOMTHIG TO SAY!!!!!! EVEN IF U DONT WANNA LISTEN!!!!! DA BOTTOM BITCHHH!!

  • HUSTLEHARD

    AND I’M A FAN OF N.Y. HIPHOP!!

  • ReDiCuLouS

    The only way NY comin’ back is when Jay steps up and drops 8th Wonder…NaS, Busta, Ghostface, & Mobb Deep can try they HARDEST…but yall know its Jay that can do it. So until then, if you bumpin some new shit, and its all comin from the South. Aint nothin hot comin’ from tha East cept Bussa’s new joint…& soundscan will determine that for us. So if you bitchin’ bout it still…jus pop in Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and wait for the sequel…it’ll be awhile.

  • e

    nyc is all over the souths dck.. ghostface even admitted it

  • Knowledge Speaks

    FUCK THE RADIO, PERIOD.

  • tC

    FUC the SOUTH backwards ass fools..enjoy the shine NEW YORK’S TAKIN THIS SH*T BACK

  • westcoast rydah

    man first things first i like music from anywhere as long as it’s hot but yall eastcoast gotta realize this all of your artist are starting to sound exactly the same if you can’t admit it you will never get ya shine back i love some east coast artist but the delivery and wordplay is all the same alot of southern cats do suckass but some are decent and some are dope if you judging by what you hear on the radio then simple and plain you aint hiphop and you a sucka at that///ask supernat where the illest emcees freestylers reside and he from the east and now on the west and don’t think just cuz this hyphy shit getting shine everybody in cali likes that shit just like all cats down south don’t like that crunk shit it’s a whole lotta transplants in atl pretty much doe i am sick of seeing this regional bulshit on message boards everybody biting from each other cuz fa reals the west coast aint start hip hop but if you want me to i can explain how the west has one of the greastest influences on the game we got the most variety and new york niggas even try to do west coast shit claimin sets and shit and one more thing down south and east coast dudes is some sucka for love ass niggas remember where the game came from the bay baby

  • breakdown

    The only thing that newyork got is dipset. I’m from atlanta and the only thing I listen to up north is dipset. I do like fab, but what I’m saying is that newyork can come back. The south have always been hot to me. Its made for the dope boys. We get money, we got the badest hos in the world. We stay fly, yall have to play our shit. Fuck all yall newyork motherfuckers being real. A town bitch. P.s stop moving down hear

  • justsomedopeboi

    Yeah like BREAKDOWN said. Stop fuckin moving down here. Stay the fuck up there where it’s cold and shit at. Yall niggas up there wouldn’t last down here. These niggas gettin money down besides me. How many niggas up top got 6 different chevys. Do you niggas up there no what a drop top chevy looks like? Nah, get off that subway and snatch them ear phones off before I come through in my caprice, snatch cha bitch up, and bust ya ear drums with these 2 15′s in the back bitch.

  • L.A. FOE LIFE

    Fuck Hot 97 & all that New York radio bullshit. Power 106, The Beat, K-Day! That’s where hip hop is at. We got nothin but love for the South here in the West unlike them East coast cats who can’t stop whinin’ like little bitches. Ya’ll remember when Death Row was runnin’ shit back in the day, niggas in the East was the first cryin’ than and they still be cryin’ now. All them soft ass New York cats got nothing on CALI & the West Coast. My niggas here in Compton, Watts, South Central, Long Beach, Crenshaw, Inglewood, Carson, East Oakland, Fillmore, Vallejo will bomb on ya fake ass New York cats any day of the week cuzz. U keep doin’ ya thang but watch out cuzz tha West is comin’!

  • ReDiCuLouS

    Yo Im a fan of hip-hop all together…so I will say this, raised with the West, listened to the East, Now bumpin the South, but soon MidWest will be blastin out the R-Types yall!!!! Word Up.

  • Mr. 718

    First off Fuck everybody down south that said stop moving down here. Yall niggaz are just mad because yall hoes love us nigga, talkin about we dont survive down ther nigga you sound like an itchy ass(full of shit). See yall got that inferiority complex not us. How you gonna be mad because we think and know that we the shit, Fuck you and anybody that look like you. I’m from B ville never ran never will Brooklyn but I been to the south and i got family out there. Yall talkin about stay up north where it’s cold but why so many of yall homo ass niggaz wearing Timbs. As far as music dont get me wrong T.I. does spit fire, Luda does his thing, young buck is sick but yall niggaz dont have Too many of those. I mean come on dog “snap yo fangaz” I’m wit K-slay when you in the south it’s all good if you like that shit but we dont snap up here yall got these young niggaz doin it no doubt but I’m 26 I know better. Oh and Fuck yo Cheveys nigga.

  • Mr. 718

    Oh and them westcoast niggaz, When deathrow was doin they thing they got love out here so I dont know what your talkin about. everybody had doggystyle, and all eyes on me including myself. As far as the sets and shit yeah once again you do have some of these niggaz bangin but WE got yall niggaz rappin PERIOD. And the dude talkin about watts, Compton and all them other places bombin on somebody thats great dog do what you do but I’m sure niggaz in the west did’nt and don’t accept everything thats comin from the east and it’s the same way here duke we dont accept everything comin out of the west, mid west , dirty south where ever. Some of your artists will be accepted and some wont just continue to do your thing dont let this music shit fool you theres real gangsters everywhere.

  • Kim

    They need to grow up, all of them, this is definitely how hip hop was when I came up, I can’t believe the amount of money they give those people to”show their color”.

  • Kim

    Maybe if they start from stratch, things would be different, this is not how hip hop was when I came up, it’s really sad!

  • breakdown

    Mr 718 suck a dick, the ho s be playing yall up north bitches. The south run the game and you know it. What the hell happen in b ville?. Everbody in the south don’t like that snap shit, so don’t think that the only thing we do is snap all the time. Get real fuck boy. Atl ho

  • MR. 718

    Breakdown You a homo ass nigga wit all that suck a dick shit, but from what I saw on BET about that downlow situation out there in ATL I guess it’s normal. I DON’T GIVE A FUCK WHO SNAPPIN IN THE SOUTH WE DON’T DO THAT SHIT UP HERE AND WE GIVE TWO SHITS IF YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, WE ON THAT NEW YORK SHIT. Like I said nigga yall doin yall thing right now for the main stream heads but You can’t be for real if you think that shit aint a dying fad. All that crunk shit. Nigga we takin it back period. THERE IS NO ONE IN THE SOUTH FUCKIN WIT US LYRICALLY. Nigga New York City is The MECCA of this shit you call rap. Niggas like Joell ortiz, Cory Gunz, Stack bundles, Papoose, Hell rell, Maino, Jadakiss, GFK, Banks, Styles P, Sheek, And Busta just to name a few are Gonna make all you niggaz understand why We are the kings of this shit. Niggas cant even fuck wit Old big pun and Big L lyrics out there, Fuck outta Bitch ass nigga.

  • east waco, tx

    First of all, fuck all you Hip Hop internet ass nigga. I’m from the dirty third, and we where brought up jamming gangsta music. All this hatred towards the south and for what for years we have been forced to listen to yall’s boring ass over exaggerated drama queen bullshit and never said one hateful remark.if there is nothing good to say we say nothing at all.life is to precious and passes by way to quickly to be entertaining this hoe shit. bottom line niggas should happy they are giving the opportunity to make some real money in this white ass society. instead of knocking each other we need to help each other so we as a race can live better. if yall are so lyrical want yall go teach a class or do something constructive with your words instead of trying to say how hard you are. niggas forget that this is only entertainment.live life have fun till your done.dirty south ride wit us or get rolled over. your choice

  • breakdown

    718, you watch to much tv nigga.what all this gay shit about? All I was talk about how the south run shit nigga. New york is dead, you getting your info about the atl on tv? New york been dead for the last three years. Dip set is all that yall have, I bet you are waiting for that new 50 cent to come out. Fuck boy. Its a town ho nigga.busta? Come on man, new york got to come better than, touch it

  • Mr.718

    WERAP ABOUT WHATEVER THE FUCK WE WANT TO, EAST WAC ASS NIGGA. HOW YOU TALKIN ABOUT FUCK INTERNET HIP HOP NIGGAS BUT YOU WRITING YOUR BULLSHIT, GO CHOKE ON A HAMHOCK NIGGA. FUCK ALL THAT PEACE TALK DUKE. WE AINT GOTTA TEACH NO CLASS ABOUT SHIT. YALL NIGGAS WILL JUST HAVE TO CONTINUE TO BE LOST. YALL NIGGAS IS SLOW LEARNERS ANYWAY SO KEEP SIPPIN YOUR LEAN, LISTEN TO YOUR SCREW SHIT, AND SHUT YOUR BITCH ASS MOUTH. DO YOU BUT DON’T GET MAD BECAUSE I DO ME I AINT GOT NO HATRED FOR THE WHOLE SOUTH BUT WHEN YOU START TALKIN GREASY LIKE STOP MOVIN HERE AND STAY ON THE TRAIN TYPE SHIT YOU GETS CHECKED. THERE ARE DUDES HERE WHO BUMP THE SHIT OUTTA SOME LIL WAYNE AND ALL THAT, I’M JUST NOT ONE OF THEM AND I DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR IT. THE BIG BANG WILL BE YOUR LESSON NIGGAS AND PAPOOSE IS ALWAYS SCHOOLIN YOU NIGGAS SO PAY ATTENTION.

  • breakdown

    718, what up ho nigga, the big bang, you think that shit is going to save yall, you got another thing coming nigga. If he don’t go gold like t.I. did in the first week, it over. You must like the pop rap shit. I LOVE MY CHICK. In the south, we listen to dope boy shit. New york was thinking that this south shit was going to play out in a year or two. I respect the west more than yall new york hos. Yo son, one day new york will be back.

  • Mr.718

    You obviously didn’t here anything else from bustas album you fuckin bama. all that damn dope boy shit what happened to being the dope man? Once again belittling yourselves. don’t get me wrong just like I said before T.I. spit fire I wont deny that but when bustas album drops, banks album drops, and papoose album drops you’ll see what I’m talkin about Cornball. One!

  • LETS START BANGING AGAIN

    HOT 97 NEEDS A DAMN OVERHEAUL!!!!!!TOP 2 BOTTOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY MIGHT BE THE BIGGEST BUT THEY ARE WACK AS FUCK!! THEY ARE NOT LIKE THEY USE TO BE! AND WHAT MADE THEM THEY GOT TO THE TOP AND FORGOT WHERE THE CAME FROM….AND THATS THE BOTTOM!…..FUCK THEEZ BIAS MUFUCKAS!!! YOU ALL SOME BITCHES!!!!!!!

  • knowinwhatsup

    Fuck E-Ho… That bitch from sacramento all the way
    went to school there… was a fake assbitch there
    he got so much to say.he aint gangsta.don’t let him fool yall wit shit he be acting and sayin. he anit hard and neva been. this make me take a second look at yall shit…look like a bunch of actors and perps..Stop trying to mug nigga… you look like you just tasted some sour dick!!!

  • FloJo

    Ebro, I’m proud of you Bro. It’s your girl from Sac (One of the “The Girlz”). Keep on maintaining sweety and stay faithful to your calling.

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  • shon

    I’m 34. I stopped listening to hip-hop about 15 years ago. but from what i see nowadays, it’s taken a sad and destructive path. the kind of culture I see that has rooted from this music appears to be dangerous, pathological, terribly ignorant, and self-destructive.
    for a Black man, hip-hop is his ocean of quick-sand.
    for all its charade of vanity, expensive barbles, and rolls-royces, hip-hop is merely a game of russian roulette. you win, win, and if lucky, you win again–until you get the chamber with the bullet. in essence, it’s a poor man’s wish, a rich man’s fancy, but a fool’s game–for all it’s worth. for the core underlying fundamentals of the music [if that's what you wish to call it] is a shallow bottomless abyss–that fattens a psuedo-american black man’s desire to embrace buffoonery.
    but understanding america, that should come as no surprise. for a worthless [brainless] blackman, is still a valuable commodity to those who still stand to ultimately profit from the decline and stigmata of his character.
    [ to '97 :if you truly embrace all aspects of opinions, you will boldly post this.]
    -mr. s.stanberry

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