It was early Thursday morning and Mister Cee, a D.J. on the hip-hop station Hot 97 and a prominent figure in New York hip-hop history, was in tears. The day before, an audio clip was released in which he appeared to solicit a sexual act from a transgender person, the latest in a string of incidents, including arrests, revolving around Mister Cee’s sexual activities. During his Wednesday afternoon show he had announced his resignation, saying he didn’t want to draw negative attention to his employer and colleagues because of his actions.
So there he was on the air the following morning, getting a loving and concerned third degree from Ebro Darden, the program director for Hot 97 (WQHT 97.1 FM), the station where Mister Cee, 47, has worked for two decades. The sober and wrenching conversation lasted about a half-hour, all of it eye-opening.
In its detail and bluntness the talk became not just a discussion about one man’s personal struggles but also an intense and public conversation about hip-hop and sexuality.
An important story about a New York City hip-hop icon (Cee produced the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die” and was Big Daddy Kane’s longtime DJ) whose private struggles with homosexuality in a culture rife with homophobia found a supportive ear on Thursday morning. Mister Cee quit his job on Wednesday, but with the public support of his boss, he un-resigned and was back on the air Thursday afternoon.
September 14, 2013 // 12:49 // 10 months ago