Jay Smooth

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

John Randolph, better known as Jay Smooth, is a cultural commentator best known for his Ill Doctrine web video series.[1]

He is also the founder of New York City's longest-running hip hop radio program,[2] WBAI's Underground Railroad.[3]

He blogs on the website hiphopmusic.com.[4] 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] He also hosts a series on media literacy on the YouTube Crash Course channel.

Smooth, the son of a white, Jewish mother and a black father,[7] grew up in New York City, and attended Ethical Culture Fieldston School.[8] He chose the pseudonym "Jay Smooth" as a teenager when he started his radio program.


  1. ^ "Black Video Stars". Blackweb2.0. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Panels at SXSW Interactive 2009". Archived from the original on March 18, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Underground Railroad – Jay Smooth". 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. ^ cl_admin (November 9, 2011). "Jay Smooth Talks to Drake About Racial Identity". 
  8. ^ "Post by Jay Smooth on Facebook". Retrieved April 24, 2016. 

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