On what is already a somber day for many, Hip Hop lost a vital piece of it's community, at least for the moment. Earlier today Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee made the decision to give up his on air duties as personal issues have again come to light and caused major distraction for him. This past spring Hot 97's Program Director Ebro Darden tired a public intervention of sorts by having Mister Cee address the charges and public claims being made against him at the time. This morning matters have resurfaced as a new online video has gone viral depicting a man who claims to have had "dealings" with Mister Cee while dressed in drag. This video includes hidden audio that supports the allegations of consensual solicitations. Before things could really hit the fire again Mister Cee announced that he was resigning from his job at Hot 97 to deal with his personal issues.
These were some of Mister Cee's final words:
“I have decided it’s time for me to move on, and take time to take care of myself because there are situations when I try to do the right thing, a setback happens. I am good, I am safe, I am happy, I am blessed… But in reality I knew this day would come where Mister Cee has to move on. The last thing you want to do is hurt the people that you love, and I love this station. I love hot97.”
The Hip Hop community can be hard if not a bit hypocritical of people in regards to sexual orientation and alternative lifestyles. While many openly gay men and women work within the industry, the taboo towards those that are the mainstream faces of hip hop still lingers. The rumors of gay artists and undercover antics from your favorite rapper are nothing new and while much of the world opens up to the acceptance of people's varying life choices. Hip Hop to a degree stays strongly planted in it's alpha male dominated stance.
Regardless of all of that the repeated situations that Mister Cee has found himself in have resulted in him being in the space he is in now. This is not about judgement of a man who in truth is no worse than anyone else but rather the admittance that as a man in a professional position you have to be accountable for what you do. There is also a legit element of danger to what Mister Cee is dealing in. The decisions he has made clearly have put him in less than safe situations if you end up having your illegal acts recorded by those you allegedly sought out. To those people that know and care about him personally help is the most immediate focus. Hopefully change can come and lessons will finally be learned for Cee's sake.
Unfortunately Hip Hop loses big in the midst of this. Before spinning for Hot 97 Mister Cee was the DJ of the legendary Big Daddy Kane. He was also a pivotal piece in the events that brought us the culture changing emergence of The Notorious BIG. Not to mention that Mister Cee's daily "Old School at Noon" was the sole relief for Hip Hop fans who wish to reconnect with the music that made up the soundtrack of their childhood. It's no understatement to say that Mister Cee's lunch time mix was the best solid hour of radio in NY for years. It is unfortunate that non-music related matters have brought that to an end. Representatives of that classic era are few and far between. Hopefully this abrupt departure is not final and lessons will finally be learned for Cee's sake.
**As of 8am Mister Cee has returned to his noon time slot at Hot 97**