Star DJ flashed gun

New York Post - - NEWS - Richard John­son rjohn­son@ny­ @Head­lineJohn­son

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.

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