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BEST RAP RADIO Minneapolis 2000 - KMOJ-FM's Real Radio

The Point's new slogan is "Today's best music, with no rap or hip hop," which is a little like saying, "Today's best movies, with no directors or stars." Thankfully, locals interested in more than 50 percent of the vital music out there can hear great hip hop nearly round the clock Friday and Saturday nights on various local stations. Minneapolis and parts of St. Paul regularly get the party started right every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on KMOJ-FM's Real Radio (89.9), where veteran DJs Smoke and Delite mix yet-to-be-released underground cuts, big-pimpin' chart hits, and a generous number of local demos. Every touring notable from Mobb Deep to EPMD has dropped by the studios for this show or the Saturday version, Rap Radio, with Disco T and his partner Yvette--the reigning female hip-hop jock in the Cities--holding it down from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. But with mono sound and far less clout in the black community, the collegiate DJs on The Beat Box have nonetheless had perhaps the greatest influence of any show on local rap culture, airing every week on Radio K from Saturday noon to 2:00 p.m. Started three years ago by DJ Aaron Money, the underground rap show has effectively hip hopified the cute-pop-dominated University of Minnesota station, persuading the K to put into regular rotation such under-the-radar hip hoppers as Styles of Beyond (not to mention the styles of Beyond, a.k.a. Musab, of our own Twin Cities). Nick the Rustic Lover, Jay, BK1, and Money all reach for the obscure in their playlists, but aren't above the occasional Fresh Prince remix or Jay-Z hit. To top it off, the show recently sponsored the second Hip Hop for the Homeless event, with more planned. Long life, kids.

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