SoundBits: Jon Parrett Gives Hip-Hop Its Props

Happy Tuesday, homies! It’s time for another edition of SoundBits, the column that highlights BlogTalkRadio’s best, brightest and boldest hosts. This week, we sit down with Jon Parrett of Hip Talk Radio – and composer of BTR’s unofficial anthem, Addicted. Jon, who hails from Chicago, has grilled many a hip-hop A-lister, including Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan and Redman. Now let’s see if he can retain his chill while rapping with us.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your BlogTalkRadio show – why should listeners tune in?

Jon: Straight-laced by day, off da hook by night.

Jon: Straight-laced by day, off da hook by night.

We’re a hip-hop show for grown folks. We don’t play gangster or offensive music unless we’re doing a Sunny Reading – and then we’re just making fun of the lyrics. We do skits, call-ins, and our crowded chat room is a melting pot. We’re equally as passionate about being respectful and promoting unity on our show as we are about hip-hop. We are a feel-good show, and we’re very selective with the unsigned artists we promote.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

[Laughing] I’m white. When people see my photo for the first time, they’re always surprised to see that it’s a white guy who’s so passionate and educated on hip-hop music. They always send me a note along the lines of “I didn’t know you were white!” I love oldies, rock and pretty much all genres of music.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Courtney, Carrie, Missy, Sunny, Kenny, Mike or Melissa. OK, that’s my shameless way of mentioning the rest of the Hip Talk team. Really, Phil Donahue. He was straight hip-hop!

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

I would book Rakim because he is the illest emcee to ever bless a microphone.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Khakis, a button-up shirt, and dress shoes (while doing my day job).

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

I was baby-talking to my pug, and my wife ran in and said, “You’re not muted!”

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