After 8 years of broadcasting, Emmis Communications and Power 106 have canceled Friday Night Flavas, a signature Los Angeles Hip-Hop show hosted by the legendary Fantastik 4our.
On Wednesday (Jan. 4) Power 106 canceled the famed Hip-Hop show, which aired on 105.9 FM (KPWR) in Los Angeles every Friday night from 12am to 3am since 1998.
For the past 8 years the Fantastik Four Crew, which features DJs Mr. Choc and J. Rocc of the Beat Junkies and C-Minus and Truly OdD, has provided a critical outlet for underground Hip-Hop in the www
nation's second largest market.
According to Fantastik 4our group members, there was no official warning of the cancellation and that listeners will not receive a farewell show.
"One of my main concerns is what's going to happen to the LA Hip-Hop movement now? There's no more radio shows besides The Wake Up Show that caters to underground music," Mr. Choc told AllHipHop.com. I feel like a lot of the artists that are trying to make a difference have lost their home."
Shortly after its exception, Friday Night Flavas experienced major success and helped Power 106 to open its door to Hip-Hop and drop their slogans "Dance Now" and "Pure Energy" to the slogan "Where Hip-Hop Lives."
While Power 106 has not indicated reasons for the cancellation of the weekly three-hour show, industry insiders speculated that the reason for the move is to make room for a more commercial oriented radio show.
"We would like to thank the Los Angeles Hip-Hop community, all our listeners, fans and supporters of the Fantastik 4our," Fantastik 4our said in a statement. "All of the artists, DJ's, producers, graff artists, labels, street teams and all who have graced the airwaves with us. We repped for the Hip-Hop culture and we hope that you enjoyed listening as much as we enjoyed bringing it every Friday for the last 8 years."
While the radio show has been yanked from the airwaves, Mr. Choc said the there were no internal problems with the Fantastik 4our and that they would continue as a collective.
"The guys I do the show with are my best friends," Mr. Choc said. "It's hard to work with people when they don't share the same passion as you do. I never had that problem with the Fantastik 4our. J Rocc, C minus & Truly OdD are some of the best DJ's on the planet hands down!"