Starting midnight on Saturday, June 25 (aka late Friday night) and continuing until 1 a.m. Sunday Morning, June 26, Ife Dancy and WBAI will be presenting this year’s installment of The Hip Hop Takeover, a 25-hour radio marathon “catering to the gritty, underground, politically conscience audience as well as the mainstream commercial crowd.” The theme for this highly anticipated yearly event, “Tribute to our Pioneers.”
In our third installment of our “5 Reasons Why New York Hip Hop Doesn’t Suck” column, we spotlighted WBAI, the listener-funded radio station broadcasting to New York City on 99.5 FM. We noted the importance of such a station, with progressive programming tackling issues affecting several communities who are not always served by more mainstream media, and paid particular homage to the wealth of quality hip hop programming emanating from the station. From The Underground Railroad to Rise Up Radio, WBAI delivers an intimate hip hop experience to the airwaves, one respectful and understanding of the music and culture, particularly regarding socio-economic and political undertones.
The Hip Hop Takeover is a fantastic radio event, where the stations roster of hip hop jocks and DJs, along with guest hosts and special guests, broadcast hip hop-related music and talk, covering a vast spectrum of styles and perspectives.
This year’s takeover is focused on paying tribute to hip hop pioneers, and as such, special guest hosts will include hip hop icons such as Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Tony Tone from the Cold Crush Brothers, Sha-Rock, Video Music Box’s Ralph McDaniels, author, politician and activist Kevin Powell, and many more.
For more information, call 212-209-2941 or head over to www.TheHipHopTakeOver.com.
The Hip Hop Takeover can be heard on New York City’s WBAI, 99.5 FM, or streamed live over the internet at www.wbai.org.
There will also be an official Hip Hop Takeover after-party on June 30th at Kush Lounge. See the flyer below for more details.