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2012 will mark our third year for Salute The DJ (STDJ) where we take a day to pay our respects to the backbone of our music – the DJ.  This year will about the ever important radio DJ who has, since the birth of Hip-Hop been the conduit and individual mass media device. From the days of WHBI to satellite radio the DJ’s has been our ears and in many ways our conscious.  

We will also take time to celebrate the long legacy of New York’s own 98.7 KISS FM

Uncle Ralph will be joining Salute The DJ along with Chuck Chillout and Sucio Smash.

 Hip-Hop pioneer Uncle Ralph is no stranger to the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Uncle Ralph has hosted our Final Day event since 2006. More than 20 years ago, Uncle Ralph gave us Video Music Box, the first music video show on public access that introduced NYC Hip-Hop fans to music videos from some of our favorite Hip-Hop pioneers such as Run DMC, Whodini and many more. Recently MoCADA honored Video Music Box with their "The Box That Rocks" exhibit. You can catch Uncle Ralph video-DJing around NYC.  New episodes of Video Music Box airs twice a week on NYCLifeTV.

Chuck Chillout, began his extensive career 30 years ago on New York's 98.7 Kiss FM. Chillout is one of the first Hip-Hop DJs to become globally known and break Hip Hop artist in other parts of the world. In 1995 while on tour in Japan, Chuck played hit singles from artist Busta Rhymes, A Tribe called Quest and Run DMC, forever expanding the fan base of Hip Hop. Chuck's affiliation with old and new school Hip-Hop and R&B has helped him land the title of one of todays most sought after DJ's.

After Stretch and Bobbito retired from their WKCR 89Tek9 show, Sucio Smash who had been interning at the time worked his way to hosting the late night NYC staple. Squeeze Radio gave Hip-Hop lovers a place on the FM radio to enjoy new Hip-Hop music that one wouldn't be able to catch further up on the tuner. Hip-Hop legends and emerging artist came through each week. Besides DJing, Sucio Smash started a label High Water Music.


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