Chuck D Blasts Hot 97’s Summer Jam as a 'Sloppy Fiasco' of Hip-Hop Culture

3:58 PM PST 06/04/2014 by Lars Brandle, Billboard
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The rap legend also has some harsh words for the station's program director/host Ebro Darden.

Rapper and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chuck D is not a fan of Hot 97's Summer Jam.

The outspoken Public Enemy founder has slammed the annual concert as a “sloppy fiasco” of hip-hop culture, and he’s dished some choice words for its parent New York radio station and for program director and host Ebro Darden.

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Chuck D kicked things off with a June 2 tweet: “The look on my face after I heard what a sloppy fiasco @hot97 in NYC has made of HipHop.” He signed off with the hashtag #culturalCrime.

A stream of tweets followed. The rapper had harsh words for the station, but he did defend Morning Show host Peter Rosenberg’s role. “It’s no @Rosenbergradio fault, trapped in a slave corp system that doesn’t 1. Support black businesses & art locally while using black faces. 2. Totally overlooks the blueprint of a culture bred in the same city. 3. Women are minimalized. @Rosenbergradio is simply watch the stable.”

The hip-hop legend also gave his support to on-air DJ Funkmaster Flex (he “does his job”).

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Chuck D's tirade didn't fall on deaf ears. Ebro chimed in: “True artists and activists have always complained about mainstream media and music…. As they should! Good balance....” What followed was a back-and-forth

If and when all this blows over, Chuck D’s remarks should be remembered for sparking another interesting conversation about radio and NYC hip-hop. Though it’s certainly not the first time Hot 97 has been in the firing line. New York MC Buckshot last year called Darden an “Uncle Tom” and claimed he “f---ed up” the city's hip-hop scene.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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