Ebro Darden On The Combat Jack Show

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Mr. Hot 97.

Following B.Dot’s battle with Hot 97 last week, the station’s program director Ebro Darden, was interviewed by Combat Jack‘s show. #OccupyHot97

The Major Leagues vs the Minor Leagues. Program Director of New York’s famed radio station Hot 97 Ebro Darden comes on the Combat Jack Show after a heated Twitter exchange with CJ to discuss the current state of radio, wtf is up with its playlist, why certain records don’t get air play during primetime, why records by Trinidad James get love over New York City artists, what’s really going on with Hip Hop culture and an apology to Sean Price. #OccupyHot97 indeed.

UPDATE: Mr. Darden’s back.

The Combat Jack show once again occupied the Hot 97 portal to break bread with our friend Ebro Darden of Hot 97 fame. You know every once and a while we gotta sit down with the head honcho to have “that” conversation. We talked NYC hip hop, the state of radio, his ever growing personality and more. Want to know if Hot 97 can be the home of The Combat Jack Show? Put down that daddy yak, grab some D’usse listen to this hardbody episode. #Newmanati

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  • Dope interview.Ebro dropped some facts.he got a job to do at the end of the day.This was a great interview.
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  • swiff

    ebro did drop facts but still y is artist like trinidad getting love over new york artist such as… http://bit.ly/U66BSN … ??

  • Jenny 337

    Ebro, don’t lose your job over Papoose. He had a million dollar deal and he still losing.

  • FaceTime100

    Ebro just crushed rap radar without mentioning them. I will say this though at least RR posted this without hate.

  • JustMyOpinion

    Personally, this is all a gimmick. No one follow radio as much as they used to. Compare the numbers from 1990 (specifically) or even 2002 to the number of listeners TODAY. The numbers are relatively LOW.

  • WMJ

    I always thought it was understood that a program director was the person who listened to their bosses just like everybody else. I never thought the playlist was actually what the program director thought we wanted to hear. So it seems that “bottom line” wins again….unless….unless…. under organized pressure the bosses get charitable and allot at least an hour or two for music that they wouldn’t normally play….and then I woke up.

  • thomas

    hasn’t ipods, Sirius, or the internet in general killed traditional radio already?

  • Prophet

    Only to us on the Internet, the radio doesn’t matter, but millions of casual listeners get their impressions of what’s good from it. When radio keeps playing Top 40, that’s all they’ll know.

  • B.Dot

    Only to us on the Internet, the radio doesn’t matter, but millions of casual listeners get their impressions of what’s good from it.


  • rahrahrah

    76 minutes. I’m glad that he apologized to Sean P. I don’t listen to radio, but I’m sure a lot of the crap that gets promoted here is because it started on radio, so I can’t say I’m not affected by what they do. I know I am.

  • Ramel

    Only to us on the Internet, the radio doesn’t matter, but millions of casual listeners get their impressions of what’s good from it. When radio keeps playing Top 40, that’s all they’ll know.


    That’s true, it breaks down alot further than that to the guy on the Internet as well. I know many who have given up on Commercial Rap years ago b/c there just isn’t any good music being made. The biggest reason music comes and goes so quick now is more attributed to the lackluster quality of music rather than the volume of music being put out. Garbage music isn’t just limited to the radio, truthfully I think 80% of the music on this site is garbage.

  • LO

    trinidad james is a legend fuck the haters

  • B West

    This is one of the best interviews i have ever heard. Every artist should listen to this interview. I like Ebro – holds no punches.

  • Yeaaahhh

    Excellent Interview.. I have a new found respect for Ebro…

  • bbe4eva

    that was great! thanx 4 posting RR!!!

  • Pete from Harlem

    Ebro Darden drops wild gems on a barrage of topics.

    Some things I knew, others I’m not ashamed to say I didn’t. (Can’t be ignorant your whole life.)

    For those who don’t have time to listen, here’s the rundown from top to bottom from the entire show,

    Why radio doesn’t break records anymore and how the change affects artists.

    How and Why radio picks songs for it’s playlists, market research, and the business of radio.

    The KISS FM story and how radio gets it’s ratings.

    Mainstream and artists marketing.

    The 3 major facets for mainstream radio exposure.

    Majors vs. Minors: Artists deciding what they really want to be.

    Passing the torch and why top producers pick and choose artists to work with.

    The dreaded topic of Payola and measuring a record’s progress in rotation from beginning to end.

    NY rap and how they like their artists struggling and being about something.

    Advise to artists on how to get into radio rotation and the importance of having your business right.

  • 3rdRail

    Great interview. Anyone that loves the culture should check it out.

  • sorry ebro u still gotta go.. yall play trinidad james and he is pure garbage!! whats wrong with fred the godson and pap? these are real lyricists~! u gotta go!!!!! Let ebro go!!!

  • Dashing

    @abrooklyn, you clearly didn’t listen tot he interview. If Ebro goes, the corporate heads just replace him with someone that will do the same or worse. You really want to see a difference, support the artists you care about and tell other people about them.

  • great interview. its all about those METERS!