New York City’s Power 105.1 Stops Playing Degrading Songs

power105-logo.jpgAccording to the New York Daily News, New York City’s urban radio station, Power 105.1, has announced they will stop playing hip-hop songs with degrading messages and images. The station’s program director, Helen Little, announced the plans on the Ed Lover, Egypt and Donnell Rawlins morning show on April 17. “The station won’t sound that different, because we weren’t playing a lot of that anyway,” Little said. “What we’re doing is holding labels and artists accountable for what they say and how they say it.” Also appearing on Power 105 that day was Rev. Al Sharpton, activist Kevin Powell and the station’s music director, Nadine Santos. The meeting was called in order to discuss the profanity in hip-hop lyrics in light of Don Imus’ racist remarks. “Let’s not get it twisted,” Little said. “This isn’t what hip-hop is about. What Imus said has nothing to do with hip-hop.” Little went on to say, “We’re not saying you can’t make this music, just we won’t play it. Our intention is to encourage people not to talk this way anymore.”

  • Atl’s own

    just anotha waste of time. it won’t stop rappers from speakin’ profanely.

    when will deez idiots learn!?

  • lukee lefty

    rap has gotten soft anyway Snoop singing Beautiful, Ice Cube doing kiddie movies, Ice T is married, Jay-z pussy whipped, niggaz is soft these days

    • that nigga

      hahahahahah!!!!!!

  • http://almostaexpert.com missile 6

    thats cool, that type of stuff shouldn’t get played on the radio anyway. if thats what you like step ya bread up and by the cd.

  • Cuban Link

    well I guess Ill be listening to strictly Hot 97 then.At least when Im here in NY.

    I mean name like 3 songs that arent degrading nowadays, even just a little.I mean even NaS says ho and nigga.The only songs that refrain from that are shitty ass dance songs like 2 Step and anything else people like Unk rap.And if they just play that…

    Anyway, I wont listen to them ever again anyway for having Big Al on their station

  • sk

    SHIT B. CAN WHIP ME ANYDAY,

    WHO LISTENS TO THE RADIO ANYWAY?

    POWER 1005.1 AT THAT SHIT THAT’S GONNA HAVE PEOPLE MOVING DOWN THE DAIL.

    THIS DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME CAUSE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS THESE KIDS BASICALLY CAN’T THINK FOR THEMSELVES. THAT ANYTHING A RAPPER SAYS THEY WILL BELIEVE. COME ON NOW GIVE THE YOUTH SOME CREDIT ARE REFUSE TO BELIEVE THIS GENERATION OF YOUNG ADULTS ARE BRAINLESS.

  • sk

    OH ISN’T NAS’S VIDEO FOR HIP-HOP IS DEAD RIGHT ON THE MONEY ABOUT NOW.

    • that nigga

      Yup, Nas is always way ahead of these assholes.

  • kt

    what the fuck does niggas being mature have to do with being soft dumb ass maybe this shit will make rappers up there skills and be more creative start making classics again

  • JayDee

    wtf is Lukee Lefty talkin bout! all the artists u named are close to 40, its called maturity….not soft dumbass! and as for the intentions of Power 105.1, though I admire the message they’re tryin to convey, it would be successful if competing stations don’t follow suit. Good luck with that!

  • ak47

    god damnit. here comes a buncha pop-hop bullshit ass music.

  • ak47

    WTF

  • http://www.myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    I hope this goes for R&B too

  • http://xxlmag.com HOUSTON’S FINEST

    if they do that, then they better take off all of those adds for dick-enhancement and more stamina. no one talks about that shit. maybe cuz sharpton is a client?

  • J.R.O.

    Blame Imus.

  • http://www.myspace.com/DrumNBassforEver The Musicman

    This is a good move. We shouldn’t tolerate and listen to music that’s degrading to each other, especially when we can’t stand those (& even same) remarks from people of other races. So why should we accept that from our own people?!?!?! There needs to be a lot more creativity and different subject matter in the mainstream arena. There nothing really out that has really grabbed my attention. So, I’m looking forward to what RAKIM has to say in “The Seventh Seal” coming out this summer. Peace out.

  • http://www.myspace.com/DrumNBassforEver The Musicman

    This is a good move. We shouldn’t tolerate and play music that’s degrading to each other, especially when we are outraged after hearing the same negative messages and comments from people of other races. So why should we except that from our own??!?!?! There needs to be more creativity, clever wordplay and different subject matter in the mainstream arena. So, I’m waiting to see what RAKIM has to say in “The Seventh Seal” coming out this summer.

  • D.S

    It’s a shame that the media is really trying to point the finger at hiphop. Remember back when rappers were being attcked by both celebraties and politicians to outlaw gangster rap? How come mainstreem america didn’t jump on the bandwagon back then? Record companies made mad cheddar during those years of the east coast west coast beef & to be honest, the lyrics was worse than they are today. Radio stations are more than likely being forced to make changes like 105.1. I guess they’re figuring that if Imus can loose his job for what he said, then rappers shouldn’t be allowed to make money expressing themselves using language other races cannot use.

  • Birds of a feather, Flock Together

    THE SHIT WON’T LAST LONG WHEN THEIR RATINGS DROP! WHEN IT HURT THEIR POCKETS THEY GONNA PUT KILL A MUTHER FUCKER, KILL A MUTHER FUCKER ON PROIME TIME RADIO

    I DON’T LISTEN TO THE RADIO ANYWAYS

    STRICTLY I POD PLAYAZ!

  • Birds of a feather, Flock Together

    EVERY ONE ATTACKING HIP HOP, WHAT ABOUT ROCK AND ROLL DEVIL WORSHIP SONGS

    THIS IS SOME BULLSHIT

  • Beeyo

    I hope Hot 9 does this shit too.
    Then after 2 years of hearing nothing but watered down bullshit, someone new will come out and bring itright back around to the hard shit.
    Dj Unks and D4Ls will be shot, bitches will be gettin they necks broke instead of having money rained on em, and the ignorance and poignant storytelling
    of the golden gangsta era will be reincarnated for the 2000′s. Maybe somebody will beat the shit out of Weezy, if we’re lucky.
    And smack Cam, someone needs to smack that fucking clown.

  • JusMe

    This is a good move. We shouldn’t tolerate and play music that’s degrading to each other, especially when we are outraged after hearing the same negative messages and comments from people of other races. So why should we except that from our own??!?!?! There needs to be more creativity, clever wordplay and different subject matter in the mainstream arena. So, I’m waiting to see what RAKIM has to say in “The Seventh Seal” coming out this summer.

  • http://www.myspace.com/phoneticonemusic Phonetic ONE

    I think this is a great step forward, not necessicarily for Hip Hop, but for at least Power 105.1. alot of what can be descrbed as deegrading is just getting old anyway, Hip Hop, s far as the music standpoint, is becoming a little stale, whnen mainstream is concerned. and non degrading music does not mean pop hop, it just mean music with its original purpose, lyrical skill.

  • repYoSet

    LAME>>>>I Gave Up On the Radio A While Ago But Now Theres No Chance

  • Honestasicanb

    One down, four to go. Now all you will hear is dope, cars, money, and guns.

  • http://NONE KILLABLACK

    About fucking time, there is so much other things to say and rapp about. YES, i knew this was gonna happen, but i didnt know it would happen this soon, thank you don, REAL HIPHOP IS HERE (MYSPACE.COM/BLU-BLACK)

  • http://NONE KILLABLACK

    ABOUT FUCKING TIME, I KNEW IT WAS GONNA HAPPEN,BUT I DIDNT KNOW IT WAS GONNA HAPPEN SO SOON, THANK YOU DON IMUS,YOU LOOK LIKE AN OLD LADYS CUNT, REAL HIPHOP IS HERE (MYSPACE.COM/BLU-BLACK)

  • http://NONE KILLABLACK

    ABOUT FUCKING TIME, I KNEW IT WAS GONNA HAPPEN,BUT I DIDNT KNOW IT WAS GONNA HAPPEN SO SOON, THANK YOU DON IMUS,YOU LOOK LIKE AN OLD LADYS CUNT, REAL HIPHOP IS HERE (MYSPACE.COM/BLU-BLACK)

  • http://www.myspace.com/therapistmusic Therapist

    it’s starting

  • diddy bob

    LAST NITE I COULDN’T EVEN ANSWA
    I TRIED TO CALL.

  • Supreemwun

    Real Talk…Check out Kam and listen to Don’t think so!!!
    http://www.myspace.com/westcoastkam1

    “DON’T THINK SO!”

  • Maddi Is Gangs

    Fuck this is bullshit.
    Fuckin watered down bullshit.
    Fuck UNK
    Fuck D4L
    Fuck Dem Franchise Boiz

    Dancin Bullshit!!

  • http://cameuprecords.com A-Town Hustla

    This is bullshit. It’s a form of censorship…Hip-hop is paying for the whole Imus scenario. We just lost one. Sharpton ass up there threatening to boycott the station and have their clients pull their ads. His hoe ass just trying to get some limelight…Jay said it best, “…I grassy knoll and hilltop ‘em/It’s all political now…”.

  • ….

    This means that they will play nothing then.

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  • TERRY .C.LANCEWORTH

    WHETHER THEY PLAY PROFANITY OR NOT, I DON’T CARE, AFTERALL HIPHOP IS LYRICALLY DEAD, RAPPERS RAP THE SAME SHIT TRACK AFTER TRACK, ALBUM AFTER ALBUM, CONCERT AFTER CONCERT, YREAR IN YEAR OUT SO WHO GIVES A FUCK

  • thoms3

    glad to hear it, but I’d rather them take songs like “laffy taffy”, and other BS songs and replace them with “one mic” but you have to think all people listen to radio. Just think when you play the music why play a party song at 2 pm can’t we save it for the night life

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  • biz

    good. Hopefully the likes of dilated, joey chavez, lil’ bro, etc will get some spins. But all in all fuck the FTC… terrestrial radio is a dead dog. you want good radio pay for satellite, even though some ignorant jigs run the hip-hop stations, all the rest is good i.e. Howard Stern!

  • HA

    THIS SHIT WONT FLY WITH THE BIG HIP HOP RAPPERS LIKE EMINEM THE WHOLE AFTERMATH CAMP. IF THIS PATTERN CONTINUES WATCH A WHOLE SHITLOAD OF INSANE MUSIC COME FROM THIS CAMP GOING AGAINST WITH ALL THIS SHITS THATS HAPPENING…..

  • http://xxlmag.com Roo

    I agree with HA people aint just gonna take this shit without some type of uproar, can u imagine what is going to be “allowed” on wack radio stations after they pull the “violence” off? I mean there is other stuff to rap about, but just like in movies its only entertainment!!!!

  • http://xxl.com Dem Sugah

    Yeah!!! It’s about time we took a stand for something… I’m a ’80′s baby, and grew up on REAL Hip-Hop….Remember Don’t believe the Hype, and Self destruction?I hope that more stations follow suit!

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  • http://Famuse.com David from Famuse.com

    There is nothing wrong with them wanting to pick and choose what gets on the air. Someone else will play it and it wont go away. at least they are trying to do a positive thing for the area.

    and to the comment on apr 19th by lukee and I qoute “rap has gotten soft anyway Snoop singing Beautiful, Ice Cube doing kiddie movies, Ice T is married, Jay-z pussy whipped, niggaz is soft these days”

    You need to open yours eyes! how old are these guys…eva heard bout growin the fuck up and not acting like a thug in the street. Entertainment is just that Entertainment! these guys have done good for them self and your gona just hate on them…ingorance is what thats called!