Ex-Box DJ Klean Cutt Talks About Kracker Nuttz's Firing

The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail it to introducingliston@gmail.com.

Courtesy of DJ Klean Cutt
The Kracker Nuttz

Regarding the alleged banning of Trae by 97.9 The Box, here's what we know to be true:

  • Following the shootings that occurred at Trae Day last year, Trae and N'Nete engaged in a less-than-amicable on-air interview on 97.9 The Box.
  • Trae released a mixtape called The Incredible Truth afterwards that contained a couple of jabs at N'Nete.
  • In roughly the seven months that followed, no songs by Trae or featuring Trae have been played on The Box.
  • Last week, the remix of Chamillionaire's "Won't Let You Down," which features several Houston rappers including Trae, was played by the Kracker Nuttz, a 12-year veteran DJ team at the station. Shortly thereafter, they were fired.
  • The Box's official stance is that they will not comment on the situation.
Regarding the alleged banning of Trae by 97.9 The Box, here's what we think:

  • There is indeed a ban in place. Even if Trae had never had any airplay on the station before (he has), it certainly seems odd that his latest single, a radio-friendly track featuring Lil' Wayne and Rick Ross that has been playing heavily on MTV and its subsidiary stations, has not earned any airtime.
  • The Kracker Nuttz, long known for deviating from their scheduled playlists, were fired for playing a song that featured Trae.
Klean Cutt of the Kracker Nuttz made himself available to discuss the situation, namely confirming that there is (or was, at least) an official ban on Trae set in place, and the truth behind why he believes they were fired.

Ask A Rapper: The main reason we're calling is because of the rumors that you guys got let go from The Box. Is that true?

Klean Cutt: Oh yeah, it's true. We got let go Wednesday [April 21].

AAR: Was that because you all played the Chamillionaire song ["Won't Let You Down" remix] with the Trae verse on it? Like, was that the actual reason?

KC: I would like to think so. It pretty much is. I mean, it was a song that we ended up playing and the excuse that they gave us was - the Kracker Nuttz are known for playing music we don't get permission to play. We always get in trouble for that, you know. I mean, it's not like the song wasn't something that the station never played before. But, um, yeah, we got in trouble for that song, pretty much.

AAR: So when did you all actually play the song?

KC: We played it at 9 o'clock or so. It was about, maybe, 9:30 [p.m.]. I'm just estimating.

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