On Monday, March 24, VH1 gave the green light on the first episode of This Is Hot 97, which premiered at a screening party at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City.
The consensus amongst everyone in attendance was that nobody really knows what to expect from a Hot 97 reality television show. After all, this is another one of Mona Scott Young’s many productions. Though her shows are notoriously fueled by controversy, it was to our pleasant surprise that This Is Hot 97 is actually funny — and dare we say, innovative. It was pure entertainment, in fact, sans the chromed out wheels and big-booty vixens.
This Is Hot 97 offers viewers an inside look at the daily grind that breathes life into New York’s staple radio station, as it simultaneously follows the day-to-day rituals of radio personalities like Angie Martinez, Funk Flex, Cipha Sounds, Peter Rosenberg and more, including the ringleader behind all this, “Old Man” Ebro Darden. That said, here are nine things we learned after watching the first two episodes.