A very interesting and much needed conversation was sparked by B. Dot of RapRadar.com about whether or not Hot 97 supports New York hip hop artists as much as they support artists from other regions. Hot 97 program director Ebro answered B. Dot’s challenge by stating that there are different levels of artistry that he calls the “Minor and Major Leagues”. He states that certain artists who would be considered “Minor League” status would have to gradually work their way up the totem pole and develop their buzz more to be considered “Major League” and then receive more airplay on the radio. Whether you agree with Ebro’s theory or not, it definitely sparked more controversy and debate. Ebro has a very informative discussion about the state of hip hop and radio with members of the Combat Jack Show. Either way, I’m glad that the conversation was brought up and that the powers that be are now actually having conversations about how we can preserve hip hop culture.
Do you think Hot 97 supports their own New York artists enough??