Jay Smooth is the founder of NY’s longest running hip-hop radio show the Underground Railroad, which debuted on WBAI radio in 1991 and now airs independently right here! He also started one of the first and most influential hip-hop blogs here at hiphopmusic.com over 20 years ago. Jay was pretty damn early in the Youtube game as well, and since 2007 he’s probably best known for his “Ill Doctrine” video commentaries there.

Jay has done many other things as well that he is too old to recall in one sitting, but some cool ones are the Crash Course: Media Literacy series, and the Think Twice: Michael Jackson podcast which was recently named by the New Yorker as best podcast of 2023. Jay is not sure why he’s writing in third person.

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