Mister Cee signed off for the final time today after 20 years at Hot 97 with the following message, asking fans to not lay anything on management or program director Ebro.
“Back in May when I got arrested, and I did the interview up there with Rosenberg and Ebro and Cipha Sounds, I admitted to some mistakes and some things that I get into…it’s my thing. Tricking is my thing. But when people try to make it more than what it is, and try to twist it and make it something else, you’re just trying to take this somewhere, where you just have that much hate for me that you just want me to disappear. Understand, New York City, that I’m not going anywhere, I’m not going to disappear. I just don’t want to hurt these people that have rolled out for me these past couple of years, so I feel like this is the right thing to do…but the time is right. I thought about it, this is the time.
“Ebro said I’ve said enough,” he continued later. “The one thing I haven’t said—New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, all the way down to Philly, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Every time I came on this radio to do this mix, I swear on everything I did it for y’all. I always took this radio thing seriously.”
Cee took a moment to compose himself before continuing, choking up slightly along the way. “Nothing meant more to me than my time here at Hot 97. Nothing meant more to me. Besides my run with Big Daddy Kane, nothing meant more to me. I put my blood, sweat and tears in, and I’m going to continue to put my blood, sweat and tears in to whatever I do. But I wanted you to know, I did it for y’all…So I thank y’all from the bottom of my heart.”
The final record Cee played on the air was Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones, Part II.”
For our original story about Cee’s resignation, click here.