Mister Cee admits to complex sexuality, Hot 97 supportive
September 13, 2013
Like any other figure in New York hip-hop radio, DJ Mister Cee is a larger-than-life personality. Even larger is his legacy: deejaying for Big Daddy Kane, working two decades in radio, and being the pivotal figure that brought Biggie Smalls to Sean Combs’ attention. But he has also been present in the New York tabloids, and a latest incident, involving a taped conversation of Cee soliciting sex from a transgendered prostitute, lead him to a tearful apology and on-air resignation on his station Hot 97 this past Thursday. This was not the first solicitation incident linking Cee to a transgendered prostitute; he reportedly pled guilty to a similar charge in 2011. But the publicity surrounding this new incident caused him to publicly discuss his fears that this would lead to lost bookings and promoters shunning him.
The reaction from Hot 97 has been strikingly supportive of Cee, with program director Ebro Darden going as far as to say, “There’s nothing wrong with being who you are…You are free!” As of now, DJ Mister Cee is still on the air at Hot 97, presumably unresigned. Hip-hop has been reconsidering its attitudes toward gender and homosexuality in recent years, with Macklemore making a strong push toward acceptance and Jay-Z and A$AP Rocky (despite his seeming discomfort with Jason Collins at the MTV VMA) speaking out against homophobia. It’s only been a day since this exchange, but the discussion of sexuality in the hip-hop community will no doubt continue.
Read more: Jon Caramanica at The New York Times