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The top 5 hip hop radio shows in Toronto

Posted by Markit / January 10, 2014

Hip Hop Radio in TorontoThe top five hip hop radio shows in Toronto share a few things in common - they're mostly in the evening (no one wants to wake up to hip hop? Not buying that) and they're almost all on CIUT - which isn't a bad thing. Yes, many people still listen to the radio, but in a world where the airwaves are overwhelmingly dominated by Top 40, it can be hard to know how to get yourself into that hip hop state of mind. We've done the digging for you - here are the best hip hop radio shows in Toronto.

Stylistik Endeavours 89.5FM CIUT - Fridays - 8pm - 10pm
With musical selections from DJ Fase, longtime staple of Toronto's club and radio DJ scene, alongside Sweet Touch Foundation and host Theo 3, this show shines light onto hip hop culture across its various forms. You'll hear both new and old, popular and underground, as well as a sprinkle of local talent. Tune in!

Back Road Radio 105.5FM CHRY - Mondays - 6pm - 8pm
Monday nights just got better - DJ Big Jacks and DJ Royale of Grand Groove DJs make some mean mixes on a weekly basis, all of which get posted online for free download after the fact. These guys keep their ear to the underground and definitely showcase some of the grittier side of rap music - to get an idea of their play selection check out their final show of 2013 here.

Higher Ground 89.5FM CIUT - Thursdays - 8pm - 10pm
As we all know, at its inception hip hop music was heavily influenced by breakbeats and samples from other genres, so although you might not hear hip hop on these two shows, they zero in on the sounds that built the genre's foundation. On Thursday nights Jason Palma takes listeners on a journey through the world of jazz, soul, raregroove, house, and more.

Stolen Moments 89.5FM CIUT - Tuesdays - 3pm - 5pm
If you're already a fan of Stylistik Endeavors but want to get your figurative fingertips dusty then you should tune into DJ Fase's other show on Tuesday afternoons. He lets you dig through his crates filled with jazz, funk, soul, R&B, reggae, and house. Producers who aren't scared to sample could walk away from these shows with some serious ideas.

Masterplan Show 89.5FM CIUT - Saturdays - 8pm - 10pm
No Toronto hip hop radio show list could be complete without mentioning the Masterplan Show. They've been doing their thing since 1989 bringing 15,000 watts of hip hop power banging in your head top. Rolling into their 26th year on the air, DJ Romeo and Lodi Dodi steer the ship right now.

Photo of Jhené Aiko by John Kivellote & Rose Joy Kivellote



doorhandle / January 10, 2014 at 02:33 am
89.5 CIUT friday nights are required listening..
glenn storey / January 10, 2014 at 09:12 am
meh. this is better.
Duthie / January 10, 2014 at 09:20 am
It's to bad The Real Frequnecy show left 88.1 for Flow a few years ago, only to be cancelled.
Steve / January 10, 2014 at 10:28 am
I definitely want to wake up to hip-hop. & now with Dean Blundell gone...
mar / January 10, 2014 at 10:43 am
thank you for the excellent list. I'd say drill squad deserves a spot on this list but this is a handy list to have
Bunky / January 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm
All legendary shows in this city, keeping the legacy moving!

Nobody from those shows actually get paid for doing them, so its getting done from the heart, something lacking in the music industry/hiphop in 2014.

Shouts to the Real Freqs, and OTA Live who also brought the heat til Flow went down the tubes!
WhatThe / January 10, 2014 at 02:49 pm
Why is Jhene Aiko in the picture? She doesn't perform hip hop. She's more electro urban soul type.
JB / January 10, 2014 at 02:51 pm
It's also to bad Mixtape Massacre was kicked off the air when 88.1 folded. We put a lot into our show bringing the best hip hop and interviewing legends and up and comers in hip hop too. We all miss it.
Bigg Moe Caesat / January 10, 2014 at 03:13 pm
You forgot the Drill Squad on 89.5 Tuesday mornings from 6:00 to 9:00! Check it out Orlando Hines!!!
John / January 10, 2014 at 04:02 pm
How on earth did this list miss the Bricktop show on 106.5 Voices? That's by far the best hip hop show on Toronto airwaves today.
Chrissie / January 10, 2014 at 04:25 pm
Missing The Drill Squad on this list! I listen from Germany and have friends listening from Kenya and the USA via! We love Dread-E Maximum, Magic Tricks and their 3-hour high energy show full of vibes on Tuesdays from 6 am to 9 am EST!
FROSTY KRONIX / January 10, 2014 at 05:46 pm
Afiyf replying to a comment from JB / January 10, 2014 at 09:30 pm
Go and kick Ron Nelson's Ass
Word / January 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm
The sound junction and bigger than hip hop show CIUT Thursday nights
rudy replying to a comment from Bigg Moe Caesat / January 11, 2014 at 12:52 am
set / January 11, 2014 at 03:51 am
Drill squads been on from the project bounce days. Its put in time, consistency and quality. Cant forget about Droppin Dimez either.
Lala / January 11, 2014 at 01:05 pm
Nice to see Backroad on here...but how could you not mention Droppin Dimez?!?!? One of the best hip-hop shows period! And Jhene Aiko is not hip-hop.
Julien replying to a comment from mar / January 11, 2014 at 11:03 pm
Yes, I agree Drill Squad should at least have a mention. Dread-E is Sick... I still miss the Beat Junkie dayz...

Michael / January 12, 2014 at 12:29 pm
The after party means no one is up early enough to do a morning hip-hop show.
Jamie / January 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm
Droppin Dimes and Bricktop are missing and wondering wtf the person who made the list has been missing out on.
Frazer replying to a comment from JB / April 4, 2014 at 01:42 pm
Where is the team now?
Dumpsta Love / April 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm
Hey whats up?, my name is Jeremy they call me "Dumpsta Love", and I am a Travelin Hobo Hip Hop blue grass, folk punk artist (Lol)...And was wondering on submission? I will leave a few links( I do currently have an EP out, with Two Videos made for the EP)...and if you can get back to me I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Again
Jeremy (aka) Dumpsta Love
diggitliveradio / July 28, 2014 at 03:01 am
Check out my station, WE should be on this list Why? We support Canadian Artist 100%, like some other stations as well internet stations that is... The stations on this list is bull shit!! why, They play more American artists then their own Canadian artists. Canadian DJ's are force to play a certain amount of Canadian content, Why is there a law to support your own. CRAZY!! just saying.... "The Marc-Anthony Show" on We care and Support!!
Tim / November 4, 2015 at 07:41 pm
miss the good ol days of the Powermove show.... still the best in my books
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