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Radio personality says hip-hop's effect worldwide

By Taj Odem, Managing editor
On September 28, 2018

Picture provided courtesy of DU Communications Office and Noward Sears/Courtbouillon
Angela Yee

NEW ORLEANS (Sept 27, 2018) – Angela Yee, radio personality from nationally recognized show “The Breakfast Club,” explained her view of the global effects of hip-hop in a speech Sept. 13 here at Dillard.

Yee was a discussant in Philosophy 444 Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior, taught by President Walter Kimbrough.

Yee said hip-hop has had a bigger effect on the world than most realize. In the 1990s, for example, she said the record companies created Sound Scan to actually collect data to see how many people were buying albums, where they were buying them and the major demographics consuming the music.

She said when this started, labels began to realize the white suburban population was the largest consumer of hip-hop music. This was their way of feeling like they understood “black culture,” she said. And when the consumption of hip-hop music increased, so did the consumption of drugs in the suburbs, she said.

When asked if she ever wanted to quit the hip-hop industry, Yee said she would never want to leave the industry “because there are so many things that uplift us [in the hip-hop world]. I can choose what I want to listen to when I want to.”

Even so, Yee went into detail about her trials and tribulations in the radio world. She first started off at Sirius XM radio Shade 45, where she said she had to work 10 times harder to get taken seriously.

“You hate where you work, but you love what you do,” she summed up. But the incidents did not deter her, and now she is on one of the largest syndicated shows in America.

Yee wears plenty of hats in addition to being a radio personality; she is also a manager, an entrepreneur, movie producer and author.

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