DJ Jazzy Jeff On What Radio Should Be Doing

Contributed by AdamBernard:

If video killed the radio star, pop radio killed the DJ. At least that’s the thinking of Philadelphia turntable legend DJ Jazzy Jeff. “You’re a train conductor,” he told the Denver Post while taking a break from the studio. “It’s your job to take people on a ride. … It blows my mind how radio stations play 10 or 15 records over and over and over again. They make people think there’s no other new music out there.” Sure, there are people on the radio plugging music. But actually making music by weaving carefully selected tracks with samples and break beats? Not happening. And hip-hop is weaker because of it.

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