During South African hip-hop’s budding years, heads would wait until the night on a weekend to hear the music they loved on the radio—mostly on community, campus and independent stations.
But in 2017, hip-hop is one the most popular genres in the world, and in South Africa. Hip-hop isn’t played at night anymore. Some hip-hop shows play during the day, others even during primetime. With trap being the most popular sub-genre of hip-hop, it goes without saying that it’s prevalently what you hear on the radio, even on hip-hop shows.
A majority of old hip-hop heads are feeling disgruntled about the fact that the type of hip-hop they favor isn’t getting airplay.
Durban-based DJ Q1 is one of those heads. He recently launched an online hip-hop radio station called Radio Steez, joining the likes of Beat Bangaz Radio and VenRap Radio, among a few others, who are making a killing in their small corners. – OkayAfrica
If you’re into old school South African rap or modern rap with those sensibilities, you’ve come to the right place, as that’s all you’ll hear on an average day on Radio Steez.
Q1 is an avid hip-hop head–a DJ, a crate digger, beatmaker and just overall hip-hop fan. He loves collecting vintage gear, magazines and other old school hip-hop collectibles. You can check out his Instagram for a glimpse into his world. – OkayAfrica
He prefers more golden-era sounding hip-hop music, and even though that type of rap isn’t the most popular at the moment, he believes there is still a market for it.
Q1 has a passion for radio, having hosted a show on Alfred Nzo Community Radio station in 2012. He has been trying to get back to radio since he moved to Durban from the Eastern Cape five years ago.