Nothing beats cruising in your car and listening to Hip Hop. Sure you can listen to any style of Hip Hop on-demand thanks to the internet. However, nothing is better than tuning in to someone else’s playlist and connecting to their jams. Not to mention, some of these shows will air exclusive interviews and new music.
Here’s a rundown of shows to tune in to hear Hip Hop over the airwaves across Minnesota.
H2 Radio – The Current (89.3 Minneapolis St. Paul – Other Frequencies – Streaming – Archive)
Airing in the Twin Cities on 89.3 FM, H2 Radio features an elite mix of new and old Hip Hop. Hosts, Rhymesayers Entertainment President and CEO Siddiq and local Hip Hop dignitary Kevin Beacham, clearly know what is new and dope, and what’s old and sick. The hour long program airs on The Current Wednesday nights at 10 p.m.
Tite @ Nite – KMOJ (89.9 FM Minneapolis St. Paul – Streaming)
Weekday nights on KMOJ are all about Hip Hop and R&B. From 7 to 10 p.m. DJ Chris Styles and occasional guest DJs spin a mix of hits, current favorites, and local songs. In addition to playing established local artists, Tite at Nite features a segment called “Rush it, or Flush It” where listeners call-in to “rush” or “flush” songs played on the show by brand new artists. If a new artist is particularly successful on the program, Styles will bring them in for an interview. Thursday nights are throwback nights on KMOJ; Styles spins an older mix of songs. Friday night is shout out night, where listeners call in and announce shout outs over the airwaves.
Soul Tools Radio – KFAI (90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul – Streaming – Archive)
Soul Tools Radio airing live from the heart of Cedar-Riverside in Minneapolis on Saturday nights at 9 p.m. is hosted by Soul Tools and Rhymesayers recording artist Toki Wright. During the two hour program Wright is joined by other local and national artists who he puts to the test in the freestyle session known as “The Bar Exam”. Mr. Wright brings in an eclectic mix of music from new local Hip Hop to back-in-the-day hidden Soul gems.
Urban Invasion – KVSC (88.1 FM St. Cloud – Streaming)
Thursday nights in St. Cloud are dedicated to Hip Hop. Urban Invasion is a five hour showcase of Hip Hop classics, underground newcomers, and everything inbetween starting at 7 p.m. Urban Invasion dedicates the ten o’clock hour to local artists and finishes of the night with an uninterrupted hour of music from one particular artist at 11 p.m. The host, Derek, also keeps listeners in the know with occasional interviews from artists from Slug to Chuck D.
Future Flava – KMOJ (89.9 FM Minneapolis St. Paul – Streaming)
Friday and Saturday are a party on The People’s Station. Starting at 10 p.m. DJ N.I. and DJ No Name spin four hours of jams that will keep you moving all night.
Classic Hip Hop Saturdays – KMOJ (89.9 FM Minneapolis St. Paul – Streaming)
Every Saturday afternoon is a “Classic Hip Hop” Saturday on KMOJ in Minneapolis. DJ Divine spins the all the classics that you love to bump to from noon to 2 p.m.
Save The Kids Radio – KAUG (97.1 FM Minneapolis (Cedar-Riverside only) – Streaming)
Save The Kids Radio broadcasts a mix of Hip Hop and social issues Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. STK Radio spins a mix of new and classic Hip Hop and R&B. Save The Kids Radio is affiliated with Save the Kids. Save the Kids is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to transformative justice for youth.
Hip Hop Hot Dish – KUMD (103.3 FM Duluth – Streaming)
Hot Dish airs Sunday nights at 9p.m. featuring an eclectic mix Hip Hop.
Hip Hop N’ Sports – KUMM (89.7 FM Morris)
The University of Minnesota – Morris radio station airs Hip Hop dedicates one hour to Hip Hop on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Groove Central – KOJB (90.1 FM Leach Lake – Streaming)
Groove Central airs Friday nights from 11 p.m. to midnight.
Hip Hop has a place among other radio shows too. Below is a short list of radio shows that I’ve personally heard Hip Hop on consistently.
The Local Show – The Current (89.3 Minneapolis St. Paul – Other Frequencies – Streaming – Archive)
Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. David Campbell features local music. Campbell often features interviews, and song debuts from local Hip Hop artists.
This show on KFAI plays an eclectic mix of latin music and songs that groove. Local Hip Hop falls into their definition of groovin’. Latin AltRock/Groovin’ A’plenty airs from noon to 2 p.m. Fridays.
The Area – KVSC (88.1 FM St. Cloud – Streaming)
St. Cloud’s local music showcase from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Mondays has local Hip Hop in the mix. The show also features a live performance/interview show called Monday Night Live at 10 p.m. A featured local artist will perform live for an entire hour. In the past local Hip Hop has been featured including Big Quarters, Kanser, Wide Eyes, and Greg Grease.
Beats N’ Pieces – KVSC (88.1 FM St. Cloud – Streaming)
Beats N’ Pieces is a mix of electronica and Hip Hop music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays. The first hour of the show is loosely dedicated to current Hip Hop.
Radio Web Streams
Versed Radio – KFAI (Streaming/Archive)
Versed Radio is a KFAI web streaming show featuring DJ Kary and Lady Em. Versed Radio has a new episode every other Thursday featuring a mix of classic, new and local Hip Hop. Versed Radio also dedicates show time to female, LGBT, and artists from a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
H2 Local – The Current (Local Current Stream – Archive )
H2 Local features a mix of new and old local Hip Hop. Hosts, Rhymesayers Entertainment President and CEO Siddiq and local Hip Hop dignitary Kevin Beacham, clearly know what is new and dope, and what’s old and sick. H2 Local airs on the Local Stream Tuesdays at noon, Wednesdays at 11 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 p.m.
Homegrown Hip Hop – KFAI (Streaming/Archive)
Homegrown Hip is a show on the KFAI web stream that dedicates a lot of the show to local Hip Hop artists and also fits in some underground and classic Hip Hop. Homegrown is hosted by Charlie Thayer and Manny Phesto.
Note: This list is as complete as we can make it, if a show is missing/something else is wrong please let us know. We want this list to stay updated.