Star DJ flashed gun
IF you want to clean up the music industry, it helps to be armed, says veteran DJ Paul Porter.
Porter, who worked at BET for 10 years as program director, consultant and on-air talent, reveals in his book “Blackout” how rapper Master P — unhappy he couldn’t get his songs on the air — once arrived at Porter’s office with two enormous associates.
“I opened the desk drawer and showed him my Smith & Wesson 6906 and said, ‘We’re not going to have any problems, are we?’ They smiled,” Porter told me. The two ended up on friendly terms. “Master P liked my style,” Porter said. “He even tried to give me a gold chain as a gift. I told him I don’t wear gold chains.” While cocaine and prostitutes were once common bribes, in Porter’s era, “it was all cash,” he said. “Every Saturday, you’d get a FedEx from [the alias] ‘Karen Kline’ with a white envelope with cash in it. Now it goes direct deposit.”
Porter stopped taking payola, but, “They find legal ways to pay you,” he said. “I once got $10,000 for making an ad for [a record label] that never ran.”
Porter refused to play songs that glorified drugs, violence and misogyny. “The dumber the music is, the dumber the kids are,” he said. “We went from lyrics to the lyrically challenged.”
Chuck D of Public Enemy calls Porter a “visionary” and says, “‘Blackout’ will truly explain why things are the way they are.”
Master P tried to use muscle when his songs weren’t airing.