Nashville’s Hip Hop Radio Is Pathetic

I’ve been waiting a long time to say this. I’m from New York (yes ma’am, I’m a yankee), and I’ve lived in Atlanta. I’ve spent time in smaller towns along the way as well. Nashville has THE WORST excuse for a Hip Hop and R&B station in 101.1 the Beat. Everytime I turn on the station I can plan on hearing 1 of 10 songs without fail. It reeks of Clear Channel or Cumulus or one of the super conglomerate media corporations.

The absolute truest sign of the quality of a Hip Hop station is the prime time and late night DJ shows. Here in Nashville we have Dolewite and Scooby. They have not changed ANYTHING about their show in the four years they have been on the air. The intro music, the break beats, the segments. All of it. And then… they might break one new record a week. The rest of the playlist is pop 40 hip hop. It’s ridonkulous.

To their credit, they have ONE good DJ, DJ Buddafly. She plays the 4-6 show and she actually mixes and plays some stuff you might not typically hear. But overall, it still blows badly. If you want to hear good hip hop in Nashville, you might try your luck with the Vanderbilt boys at WRVU. They have a show called Stylezz of Hip Hop and another one called Beats, Rhymes and Life. The DJs have no charisma, seriously, but at least they play some dope music.

Oh yeah, the other thing is that we used to have a good radio station for Hip Hop with a good DJ (DJ Tazz Daddy) who

a) had charisma
b) broke local artists
c) had skills on the tables
d) was funny as hell
e) was extremely funny when he made fun of 101.1 the beat

Oh well, we lost that station one day without any warniing and we are left with 101. How much is Sirius again?

7 Comments so far

  1. Busy Mom (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 7:04 am

    I LOVE my XM radio, it’s actually very hard to listen to anything else, now.

    Welcome aboard!


  2. Kate O' (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 7:44 am

    Truly, all formats of radio here suffer a bit. Out-of-towners might think we at least have good country radio, but — and I don’t know if you listen to any of ’em — those pretty well stink, too. 95.5 “The Wolf” is moderately interesting, but they still only seem to be playing one non-chart song per hour, and they don’t have great DJs.

    The only one I really like is Lightning 100 (100.1) but even they can get stuck in a playlist rut.

    I miss the radio stations in Chicago, in the Bay Area (give me KFOG over Lightning 100 any day!), and other places I’ve travelled.

    You may be on to something with the satellite radio idea. Me, I’ve just been tinkering with Pandora, and that’s going pretty well.


  3. Jackson Miller (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 11:48 am

    Friday nights on WRVU are always pretty cool for breakbeat lovers. I miss the days of Egon ;)

    I was just talking to an MC friend the other day and we were talking about the lack of open mic nights in Nashville. It used to be alot better (1998-2000).


  4. Mary (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 5:10 pm

    Glad to see some one from EMMA here. I love EMMA….oh and I love Atl too! That’s where I’m from…why did you move away?


  5. Marcus Whitney (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

    Thanks Mary. I moved away because I was too young and the city was too much. Now, I’m a lot more mature and gainfully employed :) So I think I would enjoy Atl a lot more now. I don’t have anything bad to say about Atlanta. I wish we had Greg Street here. I remember when I lived there Ludacris was a Afternoon Drive DJ named Chris Luva Luva. Ahh the good old days.


  6. Gabe (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 8:53 pm

    I just pop in some Grits and get it over with.


  7. Gandalph Mantooth (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 8:56 pm

    Nashville is a corporate music city. Despite the forced underground status of most rap music here, the genre makers have pretty much followed the examples set by the corporate culture here. The focus for cats here is how fast can I make a buck? And to them the answer is often trying to sound like every other MC that has a top 40 hit.

    There was a time when the Native Tongue/Philly Sound threatened to take over, back when The Spot was happening. Too many finger snaps and head wraps, though, that scene (the predecessor of Lovenoise) is pretty dead, and most of the kids want to be like Young Buck.

    I think there are some interesting cats out in Murfreesboro. If they keep at it, perhaps they’ll develop something along the lines of Def Jux.



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