DJ Sacked For Spinning Trae Tha Truth At A Concert
6:00PM ET June 25, 2010
Contributor : Hip Hop Blog Staff
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Popular Houston radio personality Brandi Garcia reveals that she was fired for playing a song featuring rapper Trae Tha Truth after KBXX 97.9 "The Box" banned Trae's music. Garcia was let go weeks ago, but her absence is only now being explained.
In 2008, in tribute to Trae's work in the community, Mayor Bill White and City Council Member Pete Brown declared an honorary "Trae Day" in Houston. Every year Trae would kick off a festival for at-risk young people, but the 2009 event was marred by violence. Individuals opened fire on the crowd and wounded six people at the Texas Southern University show.
An argument occurred on the air between Trae and radio personality DJ Nnete Inyangumia of the Madd Hatta Morning Show regarding who was responsible for the incident. Following the argument, Trae's music was banned from the station's playlists. Trae countered by announcing that he was suing KBXX and Radio One. He alleged that the station and representatives for the company are interfering with his career by banning his music and blackballing anyone associated with him. Trae believes the station is deliberately trying to ruin him.
Garcia claims she was fired after playing waka Flocka's hit "O Let's Do It" at a concert at the Arena Theater. The song features Trae tha Truth, “I went in the office the next day and they told me I was fired for playing that song,” Garcia revealed. “It may be legal, but it’s unethical. It’s a shame this has gotten this far, that a personal problem can effect somebody’s career that they have worked so hard for for 14 years. But don’t think for one minute I am out of the game.”
Houston legend J. Prince chimed in on the ridiculousness of the Trae ban. “I had been excited about being involved with the next Trae album, but with this ban taking place, not only in his home town, but likely also in the second best place for airplay, which is Dallas, it would be impossible to promote the album,” he said. “This ban is sabotaging his career, because those cities are the foundation for breaking his records.”