Jay Smooth

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Jay Smooth
Born John Randolph
New York City
Occupation Writer, DJ, radio personality, blogger

John Randolph, better known by his deejay name Jay Smooth, is the founder of New York City's longest-running hip hop radio program,[1] WBAI's Underground Railroad.[2]

He is also known for blogging on the website hiphopmusic.com and hosting Ill Doctrine,[3][4] a hip hop video blog. Ill Doctrine features Smooth's commentary on hip hop, politics, and social justice as in the "Soulja Boy Presidential Debate Remix" or the spot "How to Tell People They Sound Racist". Smooth also occasionally provides music commentary on NPR,[5] and founded one of the world's first hip-hop websites, hiphopmusic.com.[6]

The son of an African American father and a white mother, he grew up in New York City and credits his mixed racial heritage for putting him in a "unique position to travel between different worlds".[7] He chose the pseudonym "Jay Smooth" as a teenager when he started his radio program.[7]

In 2008 he was chosen as one of Salon.com's "sexiest men living."[8]


  1. ^ "Panels at SXSW Interactive 2009". Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Underground Railroad – Jay Smooth". Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Black Video Stars". Blackweb2.0. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ Albrecht, Chris. "Ninja Tops iTunes Podcast List (Again)". Newteevee.com. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Commentary by Jay Smooth on NPR". National Public Radio. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "About Ill Doctrine – Youtube". Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Jay Smooth: On Hip-Hop, Blogs And Race," All Things Considered, National Public Radio (June 29, 2009).
  8. ^ "Sexiest Man Living". Salon.com. 

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