The (Even More) Underground Railroad

New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, founded in 1991 on WBAI 99.5 FM and now airing independently at Brooklyn's own Bondfire Radio network.   ))   New York, United States of America

The (Even More) Underground Railroad brings you the finest in Hip-Hop musc and culture every Saturday evening from 5-7 PM at hiphopmusic.com.

Jay Smooth is founder and host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY. With its pioneering blend of independent hip-hop mixed with classic jazz and social commentary, the Underground Railroad played a key role in developing New York's underground hip-hop scene in the 1990s, and helped break many artists the including the Wu Tang Clan, Naughty By Nature, Jean Grae and Natural Elements.

In 1997 Jay founded one of the first hip-hop websites at hiphopmusic.com, where he pioneered the form now known as “hip-hop blogging.” The blog became best known for spearheading public protest against New York's Hot 97, after the radio station aired racist content mocking victims of 2004's tsunami.

More recently Jay Smooth has won widesrepad acclaim for his video commentaries on culture at Illdoctrine.com, hailed by the Rachel Maddow show as "genius" and selected as one of iTunes' "Best Podcasts of the Year." Jay's recent TEDx Talk entitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Talking About Race" was featured by TED as an "Editor's Pick," and is among the most viewed talks on the TEDx website. Jay has also been a frequent contributor to NPR, and his writing has been featured in the Village Voice, The Source, XXL and Wax Poetics.

After 27 years on WBAI radio Jay ended his run on the station in 2018 (resigning in protest of recent political decisions at the station), and is now proud to broadcast independently with his fellow WBAI expatriates on Brooklyn's Bondfire Radio network.

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The (Even More) Underground Railroad brings you the finest in Hip-Hop musc and culture every Saturday evening from 5-7 PM at hiphopmusic.com.

Jay Smooth is founder and host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY. With its pioneering blend of independent hip-hop mixed with classic jazz and social commentary, the Underground Railroad played a key role in developing New York's underground hip-hop scene in the 1990s, and helped break many artists the including the Wu Tang Clan, Naughty By Nature, Jean Grae and Natural Elements.

In 1997 Jay founded one of the first hip-hop websites at hiphopmusic.com, where he pioneered the form now known as “hip-hop blogging.” The blog became best known for spearheading public protest against New York's Hot 97, after the radio station aired racist content mocking victims of 2004's tsunami.

More recently Jay Smooth has won widesrepad acclaim for his video commentaries on culture at Illdoctrine.com, hailed by the Rachel Maddow show as "genius" and selected as one of iTunes' "Best Podcasts of the Year." Jay's recent TEDx Talk entitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Talking About Race" was featured by TED as an "Editor's Pick," and is among the most viewed talks on the TEDx website. Jay has also been a frequent contributor to NPR, and his writing has been featured in the Village Voice, The Source, XXL and Wax Poetics.

After 27 years on WBAI radio Jay ended his run on the station in 2018 (resigning in protest of recent political decisions at the station), and is now proud to broadcast independently with his fellow WBAI expatriates on Brooklyn's Bondfire Radio network.

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