NYC’s legendary KISS FM went off the air on 4/30. Here’s DJ Red Alert’s final mix for the station. Thanks for the memories, KISS FM.
If you live in the New York metropolitan area, no doubt you know the legendary KISS FM went off the air early this morning after 30 years in the game. If you never had the opportunity to hear KISS, without a question you felt its impact. It was one of the first major metropolitan FM stations to openly embrace rap music as a viable radio format. It was a cornerstone in the evolution of hip-hop, particularly in the 80’s and early 90’s. If you love hip-hop from that era, KISS FM had an influence on you one way or another. Kool DJ Red Alert was one of the station’s most iconic personalities. He played a major role in the careers of A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, The Jungle Brothers and Black Sheep. It was only fitting that Red Alert do the final mix to close out the station’s broadcast. You can listen to that mix, The Thank You Mix, in its entirety below. Part 1 is classic R&B and Part 2 is classic Hip-Hop. Here’s a 2-finger salute to KISS FM. It was PEACE before deuces. Related: Ed Lover’s Yo! MTV Raps Old School Mixtape