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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!”

To sample Hip Talk Radio, click here.

To download Addicted, click here.

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‘Hip Talk Radio’ Host Jon Parrett: A-d-d-d-dicted to BlogTalkRadio

Thanks to Jon Parrett, BlogTalkRadio now boasts its very own rap anthem – and a smokin’-hot one at that!

The Hip Talk Radio host recently wrote a hip-hop track titled Addicted, which affectionately bemoans his inability to quit the world’s largest online radio network.

“Every single day it’s like I’m tappin’ the bar. Open up the laptop, loggin’ onto BTR,” raps Jon. “And tonight, yo, I’m sippin’ 40s, smokin’ cigarettes. Gotta get Keisha, my homegirl Annette. I’m dialin’ up Midnight like, Yo, what’s your beat? To be hip, your membership’s restricted. I gotta log off but I can’t – #%$&@, I’m addicted!”

Jonsin’ for our hosts.

Jon: Jonesin’ for our hosts.

Jon, an amateur rap artist and producer who by day works for the Stein Mart department-store chain, says his tune is true to life:

“BlogTalkRadio has replaced TV and other media for me. It’s the best-kept secret out there – though I imagine not for long: Whenever I turn anyone onto the service, they become addicted, too.”

Indeed, Jon himself came to BTR last year after the host of Shytown Radio asked him to cut an intro for the show.  Since then – word of his production prowess having spread – he’s produced on-air promos for a host of other BTR hosts.

“I don’t charge them,” the Chicago resident, 38, tells us. “I do it for free because I like hearing quality work on the network.”

Jon, who fancies himself an “old-school rap” aficionado, is also quick to point out that his own twice-weekly show is nothing if not multifaceted.

“Yea, we play hip-hop on Hip Talk Radio. But it’s not just a music show. We’re also a talk show. We interview unsigned artists, as well as established stars like Redman and Wu Tang Clan’s Raeqwon.

And we do skits.”

To download Addicted now, click here.

To sample Hip Talk Radio, click here.