by: Ricza Lopez (Buffalo State College)
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Hot 97 on the other hand, they play a few Reggae, Dancehall and then go to their rotation music which is good. They have definitely stepped up their game with the music but they can do better.One advantage that they have over Power 105.1 is the Soca DJ D-Life who definitely goes in to release Soca right from Trinidad. I was listening to them one time and they were like “And now a Hot 97 world premiere by Serani” and I’m thinking in the back of my head that I’m going to hear a Searni jumpoff that I never heard before, why on earth did I think this? Come to find out, it was “She Loves Me” (others refer to the song as “Rough Sex” but it’s whatever). I was like damn they are extremely late, shame on you guys, you guys are up to date with the Good Life Riddim but yet think that this Serani Song is up to date? Oh no…They have the upper hand because they have Bobby Konders, Jabba, D-Life and the whole Massive B Crew coming through very heavy (with “On the Reggae Tip) for the past couple of years while Power 105.1’s DJ Norie (with Anything Goes: Caribbean Edition) had just recently added to their lineup but his mixing is very and truly on point, who knows? Maybe he will reach the veteran status soon enough like the Massive B crew but let’s see what’s going to take place.