DJ Mister Cee, a longtime presence on New York City’s leading terrestrial hip hop station Hot 97, is out at the station despite 20 years behind the mic and a career in which he was well-known to many industry luminaries.
Mister Cee resigned today from Hot 97 amid continuing allegations that the DJ not only has a habit of picking up prostitutes, but also that he prefers transgender sex workers — a still stigmatizing circumstance in the historically homophobic culture of hip hop.
Spin reports that the scandals involving Mister Cee have already come back to bite Hot 97, inciting homophobic remarks from rival station Power 105. The mag explains:
“After his arrest this year, Charlamange Tha God of rival station Power 105 performed an openly hateful segment in which he repeatedly called Mister Cee a ‘serial purchaser of penis.’ The discussion with his colleagues on Hot 97’s morning show also largely centered on Mister Cee’s sexuality.”
Hot 97 released a statement confirming Mister Cee’s retirement from the airwaves after 20 years on the team, suggesting the DJ may have been pushed rather than fallen:
“Due to some personal circumstances that have become public, after 20 years of service, Mr Cee has chosen to resign. We feel that this is in the best interest of both HOT 97 and Cee’s personal well-being.”
Hot 97 continued:
“While we do not endorse the alleged activities, he is clearly facing a personal dilemma that is for him and only him to comment on. We are saddened by his departure; his contributions here at HOT 97 were great and we know him as a friend, a caring individual and significant hip hop advocate. We wish Mr Cee the best and will always consider him a family member of HOT 97.”
Do you think DJ Mister Cee left Hot 97 of his own accord, or was it too many scandals for the station to handle?