BOSTON’S HOT 97.7 FM’S VETERAN DJ CHUBBY CHUB TALKS ABOUT BREAKING RECORDS WITH DJ KHALED, HOST OF “THE TAKEOVER SHOW”
ON 99 JAMZ IN MIAMI
DJ Khaled: I know you’re originally from the Bronx.
How did Boston make it into your life?
Chubby Chub: I came out while I was still on the mix tape scene, doing what I was doing. And it so happens that I came out to a certain side of Massachusetts, then I started getting love out in New Hampshire, then I went to Rhode Island, and then I ended up in Boston.
Do you still do mixtapes or just the radio thing?
I actually just got back into mixtapes. I got a new CD out now. It’s called Nothing But Heat Rocks and I did another one with this young gunner DJ Buckets called Hot Sauce To Go. I’m still on the radio every day. Monday through Thursday I’m on the radio 5 to 6 p.m., Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday 6 to 10 p.m.
And you’re a music director too, right?
Music director, yes indeed, and mixshow coordinator.
So that means you have a lot of power, and you have a lot of room to put records that you think are hot into rotation…
The power is great; you just got to have the right ear. Every DJ has their own ear to the street, to the party scene, to the clubs. That’s how it works out. To get a record that we think is hot. that’s street, that needs to be in full rotation.
How do you go about that?
We sit down and we compromise. That’s the best way. Me and the PD program director got a good understanding and we look at every record as we go along. Of course we always going to have that battle and he gon’ say, “We can’t do that right now. Let’s keep it in the mix, let’s see where it goes from there.” But when I put the stamp on it, that’s it.
How did you and New York’s Hot 97 DJ Enuff and the Heavy Hitters hook up?
Me and Enuff go way back, to when he was DJing for Biggie and I was DJing for Jay Z. I used to be part of a group called Original Flava and Jay Z had a song with us called “Can I Get Open.” So the whole time I lived in the Bronx, Enufl lived in Brooklyn and was my man.
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