Jay Smooth

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This article is about the blogger and radio host. For the hip hop and reggaeton singer, see J Smooth.
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]

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

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. ^ http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/11/jay_smooth_interviews_drake_about_his_racial_indentity.html
  8. ^ "Sexiest Man Living". Salon.com. 

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