Something spectacular just happened.
The legendary DJ and producer Mister Cee was on Hot 97 from 12-1, playing an unbelievable set of old school jams.
This fact, standing alone, isn’t very impressive, but consider what happened last night.
News went public that Mister Cee was arrested for public lewdness and exposure, and the rumor-turned-almost fact was that he was caught with a man.
So what’s the public’s reaction to this? Does the fact that he co-produced Notorious B.I.G’s Ready to Die, or the fact that he was Big Daddy Kane’s DJ, or the fact that he’s one of the longest-running radio personalities on the world’s most important hip-hop station make the public respond in a kinder, less-ignorant way?
Of. Course. Not.
Mister Cee has been a trending topic on Twitter since the news broke last night and there’s not a lot of love out there for him. For every:
There’s 10 of these:
As a member of the group that might do the most gay bashing in America (Black, Straight, Male), it’s a sad state of affairs that people feel like this, especially when so many people were huge fans of the man less than 24 hours ago.
The reason 12-1pm was so spectacular was because he didn’t go rogue and didn’t deny any of the reports. Instead, he went to work and played a triumphant, unapologetic set that included:
“Hate it or Love It” – Game/50
“Hate me Now” – Nas
“Life’s a Bitch” – Nas
“We Gon’ Make It” – Jadakiss
“Hold You Down” – Alchemist
While the details of what happened are still up in the air, and breaking the law definitely isn’t the coolest thing to ever do, it was a pleasure to take an hour off from work to listen to one of the more important DJ sets of recent memory. Who knows… this could easily be his last one. It surely had the “If this is it, I’m going out with a BANG”/”I’m Kobe Bryant, I just got accused of rape, I need to score 80 points tonight” feel to it. I hope it’s not his last one, but you never know.
I’m excited to see what comes of this and, if the reported story ends up being true, I’m interested to see who in the hip-hop community publicly supports him and who hates on him, while pretending as if he didn’t have a hand in propelling their careers. And then there’s always the chance I wake up tomorrow and he denies all allegations and clears his name by being homophobic himself. You just never know.
I’ve been knowing about Mister Cee since I heard Biggie shout him out on “The Wickedest Freestyle” about 6-7 years before I should have (Easily scarred for 2-3 months). With that said, I’ve grown to fully learn and appreciate his considerable contributions to hip hop. My hope is that before people start firing shots with their own not-that-witty homophobic digs, they take a step back and consider taking a day off from joining the ignorant bandwagon.
Good luck out there, Cee. You’re definitely going to need it.