Ebro Darden

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Ebro Darden
Born Ibrahim Jamil Darden
(1975-03-17) March 17, 1975 (age 43)
Nationality American
Occupation
  • Media executive
  • radio presenter
Years active 1990–present
Known for

Hot 97 radio presenter

Beats1 DJ
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Children 1

Ibrahim "Ebro" Darden (born March 17, 1975) is an American media executive and radio presenter. Until 2014, he was Vice President of Programming for Emmis Communications' New York contemporary urban station WQHT (Hot 97). He is currently a co-host on the Hot 97 morning show, Ebro in the Morning, alongside Peter Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez. As of 2015, Darden also hosts a hip hop music-based radio show on Beats 1.

Early life[edit]

Darden was born to a black father and a Jewish mother. He attended a Pentecostal church and Hebrew school while growing up in Oakland and Sacramento.[1]

Career[edit]

Start in radio[edit]

Darden began his career in radio in 1990 at KSFM in Sacramento, California, while he was still a teenager. At KSFM he worked in research and as a sales runner until moving into programming as an intern, and later co-hosting for KSFM's night and morning shows. In 1997, he worked at KBMB in Sacramento as Programming and Music Director, as well as an afternoon host. Eventually, Darden became Operations Manager at KBMB, while also co-hosting mornings at KXJM in Portland, Oregon, in 1999.

Hot 97[edit]

In 2003, Darden became Music Director for WQHT, ultimately becoming the Program Director for the station in 2007.[2][3][4]

Darden worked alongside several past WQHT Hot 97 morning show co-hosts including Miss Jones, DJ Envy, Sway, and Joe Budden from 2004 to 2007, and introduced Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg to the AM drive in 2009. He rejoined the Hot 97 Morning Show in 2012, alongside Cipha Sounds, Peter Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez.

As Programming Director and on-air host, Darden was the main voice of several events at Hot 97 including Nicki Minaj's relationship with the station, and her alleged sexual relationship with the host; Hurricane Sandy; and Mister Cee's personal life.[5]

In 2014, VH1 announced a new unscripted comedy series, This Is Hot 97, which featured Darden and fellow presenters including Angie Martinez, Funkmaster Flex, Peter Rosenberg, Cipha Sounds, Miss Info, and Laura Stylez.[6]

Beats 1[edit]

In addition to his current on-air role at Hot 97, Darden is now one of three anchor DJs on Beats 1, an Internet radio service from Apple Music.

Feuds and controversy[edit]

The rivalry between Darden and fellow accomplished radio personality Charlamagne Tha God of Power 105.1 has been ongoing for years. In May of 2017, Darden clarified his stance on the matter, stating, "The stuff we do on the radio is stupid. It's for fun. I make fun of you for fun. That's it. It's not that deep.. Me and that dude don't have a personal problem... a personal relationship".[7]

Darden was mentioned in Remy Ma's "shETHER" diss track, on which Ma insinuated that he slept with Nicki Minaj by stating "Coke head, you cheated on your man with Ebro". After jokingly going back and forth with both Ma and her husband Papoose on social media, Darden denied the rumors, stating that he and Minaj had only a professional relationship.[8]

Ebro has been in an on an going feud with Brooklyn artist 6ix9ine. Ebro referring to 6ix9ine as "Trash" [9] and "6ix9ine" shooting a response on his record "Stoopid" [10]

Personal life[edit]

Darden has a daughter, Isa, born in 2014.[11]

Recognition[edit]

In 2013, he was recognized by Radio Ink as a future African American leader.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Love & Hip Hop Himself Guest star
2014 This Is Hot 97 Himself Main cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ COSCARELLI, JOE (June 9, 2015). "Radio D.J.s Offer Comfort and Community After Charleston Church Killings". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Rhythm Up Close: WQHT (Hot 97)/New York PD Ebro Darden".
  3. ^ "At 32, Ebro's ready for the Hot seat".
  4. ^ "Ebro Darden Named VP/Programming at Emmis New York".
  5. ^ "The Okayplayer Interview: Hot 97's Ebro Darden On Hurricane Sandy + Sex Scandals".
  6. ^ "VH1 Show line up".
  7. ^ "Radio Wars: Ebro Blasts Charlamagne for Refusing to 'Acknowledge' Him". BET. May 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Saponara, Michael (February 27, 2017). "Hot 97's Ebro Shuts Down Rumors He Had A Romantic Relationship With Nicki Minaj". Vibe.
  9. ^ "6ix9ine and Hot 97's Ebro Darden Exchange Disses on Instagram - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  10. ^ http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "Tekashi 6ix9ine Takes Aim At Ebro Darden On "Stoopid" Single". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  11. ^ Hawkins, R. (August 9, 2014). "Ebro Darden helps deliver newborn daughter in a bathroom". rollingout.
  12. ^ "Radio Ink Future African American Leaders 2013" (PDF).