Best Hip Hop Radio Stations

37 Best Hip Hop Radio Stations 2024

True hip-hop aficionados know the radio is still one of the best places to hear new rap music, alongside classic songs from the past couple of decades. As well as music, radio still stands out over streaming platforms through their talk shows, interviews with artists, freestyle rap performances and DJ mixes.

Here are the best hip-hop radio stations around.

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Hot 97 (WQHT)

Hot 97 (WQHT)

Location: New York City, NY

Frequency: 97.1

We have to start with Hot 97. It is arguably the best hip-hop radio station in the world. Broadcasting out of the Mecca of hip-hop, New York City, it has been a powerhouse in the hip-hop radio scene since the early 1990s. Their on-air talent includes the legendary Funkmaster Flex, Dj Enuff, and rising star Nessa.

For Hot 97, it’s all about the culture. They play the newest music – and do interviews with – the top artists in hip-hop. Many aspiring rappers dream their music will one day appear on Hot 97. Every summer the station hosts its Hot 97 Summerjam Concert, where the best rappers in the world come to perform.

Power 106 (KPWR)

Power 106 (KPWR)

Location: Los Angeles, CA

FM Frequency: 105.9

If Hot 97 is the best on the East Coast, Power 106 is their equivalent on the West Coast. Broadcasting out of the Burbank suburb of Los Angeles, CA, Power 106 has been the best hip-hop radio station in CA since 1986.

They focus on new rap music and classics while often giving the spotlight to local West Coast rappers. On-air talent includes Nick Cannon, DJ Felli Fel, and Justin Credible.

Hot 97 has a popular show with the LA Leakers (a play on words from the local basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers). Justin Credible and DJ sourMILK host the show and often play new songs before their official release date. Top artists often stop by the show to perform impressive freestyle raps and to promote their new albums.

Power 105.1 (WWPR)

Power 105.1 (WWPR)

Location: New York City, NY

FM Frequency: 105.1

hip-hop music is all about rivalries and that extends to the radio scene too. While Hot 97 is the best, they have strong competition from their crosstown rival Power 105.1. Power 105.1 broadcasts from the Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan. Their on-air talent includes hip-hop legends Angie Martinez, DJ Clue, and Charlemagne Tha God.

The station plays a combination of new hip-hop songs and the classics from the past few decades.

Power 105.1 is the flagship station for the Breakfast Club, a nationally-syndicated morning show that broadcasts in 90 radio markets across the country. Charlemagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee are the main hosts. The Breakfast Club does interviews with anyone in the pop culture scene, including rappers, singers, actors, and politicians.

Real 92.3 (KRRL)

Real 92.3 (KRRL)

Location: Los Angeles, CA

FM Frequency: 92.3

Real 92.3 (KRRL) is another hip-hop radio station broadcasting from the Burbank neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. It is one of Power 106’s main competitors in the Southern California market. The station was previously named 92.3 The Beat in the early 1990s. Real 92.3 plays a blend of current hip-hop hits and the classics.

On-air talent includes Big Boy, DJ AY-OH, Chuck Dizzle, and DJ Lezlee. The station is the home of the popular morning program Big Boy’s Neighborhood, a nationally-syndicated show featuring Big Boy. Along with Power 106, Real 92.3 is one of the two stations that 2Pac references in To Live & Die in L.A.

107.5 (WBLS)

107.5 (WBLS)

Location: New York City, NY

FM Frequency: 107.5

107.5 (WBLS) is the sister station of Hot 97, broadcasting in a shared studio space in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. 107.5 is an urban adult contemporary format focusing on R&B, soul, urban sound, reggae, and rap music. Their tagline is #1 for R&B in New York.

The popular comedian and TV show host Steve Harvey hosts a morning show called the Steve Harvey Morning Show that broadcasts on 107.5 daily from 6 am-10 am EST. The station also broadcasts the DejaVu Show with coach and media personality Deja Vu. Popular musicians and pop culture stars often stop by for interviews.

93.5 KDAY (KDEY)

93.5 KDAY (KDEY)

Location: Los Angeles, CA

FM Frequency: 93.5

KDAY 93.5 is the reincarnation of Los Angeles’ first hip-hop station, 1580 KDAY. Broadcasting out of the Burbank neighborhood of LA, the station focuses on classic hip-hop and rap songs. Their tagline is hip-hop Back in the Day.

Like its regional competitors, KDAY features a heavy dose of West Coast-based rappers like 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, The Dogg Pound, Ice Cube, and The Game. Their current old-school format started in 2009.

On-air talent includes Cece & Romeo – who also host the KDAY Morning Show – Baka Boyz, Demi Lobo, and DJ Ecto1. The station does frequent interviews with hip-hop stars, athletes, and other figures in pop culture.

106.1 KMEL (KMEL)

106.1 KMEL (KMEL)

Location: San Francisco, CA

FM Frequency: 106.1

106.1 KMEL, broadcasting from the South of Market district in San Francisco, CA, is the top hip-hop radio station in the Bay Area. The station has been in its current hip-hop format since the 1980s.

The on-air talent includes BIGVON, Shay Diddy, Cuzzin Dre, Lady Ray, ROW, G-Biz, and Street Soldiers. The station also broadcasts its morning show, The Sana G Morning Show with host Sana G. The station plays the best new hip-hop and rap songs.

K104 (KKDA)

K104 (KKDA)

Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

FM Frequency: 104.5

K104, one of the leading stations in the Dallas-Fortworth area, has been broadcasting for 46 years. It specializes in hip-hop, rap, soul, and R&B. Their on-air talent includes Ariel Grind, Bay Bay, and Cat Daddy. It also has a popular morning show called DeDe in the Morning, with host DeDe Mcguire.

K104 plays an assortment of today’s hottest hip-hop songs and mixes in some classics. Rappers, singers, athletes, and actors often stop by the station for interviews. The station has a cross-town rivalry with fellow Dallas-based 97.9 The Beat.

97.9 The Beat (KBFB)

97.9 The Beat (KBFB)

Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

FM Frequency 97.9

97.9 The Beat is a hip-hop radio station broadcasting out of the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area. On-air talent includes Jazzi Black, The Flight Zone, and Hollywood Zay. The Beat’s current playlist features the top names in hip-hop today with an emphasis on new music – a lot of the songs are currently on the charts.

The station’s website has an Artist Music Promo section where aspiring hip-hop rappers or singers can get their music on The Beat’s Instagram page, Facebook page, or home website. The Beat has a cross-town rivalry with the other hip-hop titan in Dallas, K104.

97.9 The Box (KBXX)

97.9 The Box (KBXX)

Location: Houston, TX

FM Frequency: 97.9

97.9 The Box is the leading hip-hop radio station in the Houston, TX area. It has been broadcasting in its current format since the 1990s. On-air talent includes Keisha Nicole, J-Mac, Jessica Jeanz, G-man, DJ J-Que, and Young Jas. Keisha Nicole and J-Mac host the morning show, Good Morning H-Town, which won Best of the Best in the Houston Chronicle.

The station plays a heavy dose of rap music including new songs and classics. It also shows love to local Houston artists like Z-Ro, Lil’ Flip, and Scarface, who stop by the station for interviews.

99 Jamz (WEDR)

99 Jamz (WEDR)

Location: Miami, FL

FM Frequency: 99.1

99 Jamz is a hip-hop radio station that broadcasts from the Hollywood, FL suburb of Miami. It has been broadcasted in its current format since 1990 – before that, it was Starforce 99. 99 Jamz plays today’s top hip-hop, rap, and R&B songs. On-air talent includes DJ Nasty 305, Radio Big Mack, Juelzz, DJ Entice, Supa Cindy, Waggy T, and CeCe.

99 Jamz is the home of the Pac Jam Morning Show which broadcasts live from the Hollywood studio on weekdays from 6 am-10 am EST. DJ Nasty 305, Radio Big Mack, and Juelzz talk to some of the biggest performers in hip-hop.

103.5 The Beat (WMIB)

103.5 The Beat (WMIB)

Location: Miami, FL

FM Frequency: 103.5

103.5 The Beat is a powerhouse hip-hop radio station in the greater Miami area. Broadcasting out of nearby Miramar, FL, The Beat has been its current hip-hip dominant format since 2013. On-air talent includes Stichiz, Papa Keith, T-Roy, Dre, DJ Bulletproof, and Roxy Romeo. The station plays mostly new hip-hop and classic rap but mixes in some R&B also. They also broadcast the syndicated The Breakfast Club.

Vibe 92.7

Vibe 92.7

Location: Miami, FL

FM Frequency: 92.7

Vibe 92.7 is a newcomer to the hip-hop radio scene in Miami, but it has quickly made its mark. The station carved a lane in a busy market by focusing exclusively on classic and old-school hip-hop and R&B music – called The Golden Age of hip-hop.

The independent station started broadcasting in 2017 and plays music all day without commercial interruptions and limited DJ interruptions or public service announcements. The music-heavy format means it does not have the typical slate of famous on-air talent. DJ Drastic X is the creative force behind the station.

104.5 The Beat (W283AN)

104.5 The Beat (W283AN)

Location: Orlando, FL

FM Frequency: 104.5

104.5 The Beat is the top hip-hop radio station in Orlando, Florida. The studio is in the Maitland suburb of Orlando. The station, on air since 2014, plays a combination of new and classic hip hop, rap, R&B, and urban music.

On-air talent includes a mix of local DJs and nationally-syndicated hosts, including Koiya, D-Strong, DJ Prostyle, T-Roy, Kelly V, Chuck Dizzle, Stichiz, Papa Keith, and Big Sue. 104.5 is Orlando’s home for the nationally syndicated The Breakfast Club.

JAM’N 94.5 (WJMN)

JAM’N 94.5 (WJMN)

Location: Boston, MA

FM Frequency: 94.5

Broadcasting out of Medford, MA, JAM’N 94.5 has been the best rap station in Boston – and one of the best in all of New England – since 1993. The station plays a combination of current rap and R&B, old-school rap and R&B, and everything hip-hop-related in between.

The on-air talent includes Ashlee, Santi, DJ Pup Dog, and DJ 4eign. The station broadcasts Ashlee and the JAM’N Morning Show with DJ 4eign and Santi. The top artists in hip-hop visit JAMN or will call for interviews, often with DJ Pup Dog.

Hot 96.9 (WBQT)

Hot 96.9 (WBQT)

Location: Boston, MA

FM Frequency: 96.9

Hot 96.9 is a hip-hop station broadcasting out of the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, MA since 2013. The station focuses on old-school and classic rap, hip-hop, R&B, and urban music. A crosstown rival of the dominant JAM’N 94.5, Hot 96.9 poached several former on-air talents from the more successful station.

Ramiro Torres, Pebbles, and DJ Roy Barboza all previously were at JAM’N 94.5 before joining the station. Hot 96.9 has a morning show with Ramiro, Pebbles, and Melissa called the GetUp Crew. Ramiro and Pebbles previously hosted the Ramiro & Pebbles Morning Show on JAM’N 95.5.

Hot 93.7 (WZMX)

Hot 93.7 (WZMX)

Location: Hartford, CT

FM Frequency: 93.7

Hot 93.7 is a hip-hop station broadcasting out of the Farmington, CT suburb of Hartford. The station has played hip-hop music since the 1990s but has been in its current format under the 93.7 banner since 2001. Hot 93.7 plays hip-hop, R&B, and pop music. On-air talent includes DJ Buck – who hosts the station’s morning show called DJ Buck & Friends – DJ Bigg Mann, Kid Fresh, and Linda Reynolds.

Hot 107.9 (WHTA)

Hot 107.9 (WHTA)

Location: Atlanta, GA

FM Frequency: 107.9

Outside of New York City and Los Angeles, Atlanta is a powerhouse in the hip-hop radio scene. Broadcasting directly from downtown Atlanta, Hot 107.9 is one of the power players – this is the station where Ludacris launched his career as an on-air DJ.

Current on-air talent includes Mo Nicks, J Nicks, and Incognito. The station focuses primarily on rap music while blending in some R&B and Urban music. Their morning show is the syndicated The Morning Hustle from 95.7 JAMZ in Birmingham, AL.

Streetz 94.5 (W223BF)

Streetz 94.5 (W223BF)

Location: Atlanta, GA

FM Frequency: 94.5

Streetz 94.5 broadcasts from downtown Atlanta, GA and has been in its current hip hip format since 2012. The station plays a heavy dose of today’s hottest rap music. They also play hip-hop classics and R&B. Atlanta-based Rapper Yung Joc – famous for It’s Goin’ Down – leads the morning show called Yung Joc & The Streetz Morning Takeover with MZ Shyneka and comedian Shawty Shawty.

105.3 The Beat (WRDG)

105.3 The Beat (WRDG)

Location: Atlanta, GA

FM Frequency: 105.3

105.3 The Beat is a hip-hop radio station broadcasting from the Brockwood Hills neighborhood of Atlanta. The station is a relative newcomer to the Atlanta hip-hop scene, in its current format since 2020.

On-air talent includes Ashlee Young, DJ Loui Vee, DJ Scream, Zach Boog, and Shay Diddy. The station primarily plays new and charting hip-hop, rap, urban, and R&B music. It is the only Atlanta hip hip-hop station that broadcasts The Breakfast Club.

93.9 (WKYS)

93.9 (WKYS)

Location: Washington, D.C.

FM Frequency: 93.9

93.9 is a Washington D.C. hip-hop radio station that plays a mix of today’s top hip-hop, rap, R&B, and urban music. The station has been broadcasting in its current hip-hop format under the WKYS banner since the mid-1990s.

On-air talent includes QuickSilva, DJ Flava, Little Bacon Bear, Aladdin Da Prince, DJ Reece, DJ Jo’lyce, theprblmchild, Jackie Paige, Chey Parker, DJ Schemes, and Dominique Da Diva. QuickSilva hosts an afternoon show called The QuickSilva Show with Dominique Da Diva.

102 JAMZ (WJMH)

102 JAMZ (WJMH)

Location: Greensboro, NC

FM Frequency: 102.1

102 JAMZ is a hip-hop station broadcasting out of Greensboro, North Carolina. They have broadcasted in the current format, focused on rap and hip-hop, since the early 1990s.

Their on-air talent includes Big Mo, Fat Jeez, Marky Marc, J-Flex, Roxie, DJ Lil’Vegas, and Drankins. Its popular morning show is called The Morning Mafia. The former host of BET’s 106 and Park, Terrence J, previously was on-air talent at 102 Jamz.

K97.1 (WHRK)

K97.1 (WHRK)

Location: Memphis, TN

FM Frequency: 97.1

K97.1, broadcasting out of Memphis, TN, is the top hip-hop radio station in the Memphis area. The station has a mix of syndicated content and local DJ shows and has been in its hip-hop format since 1996. K97.1 plays a mix of today’s hottest hip-hop, rap, R&B, and urban. On-air talent includes Big Sue, Mic Tee, and other syndicated talent. K97.1 is also the Memphis home of the nationally syndicated The Breakfast Club morning show.

107.5 (WGCI)

107.5 (WGCI)

Location: Chicago, IL

FM Frequency: 107.5

107.5 is the top hip-hop radio station in Chicago, IL. Broadcasting from its Illinois Center studio, the station caters to the Chicago and northern Indiana areas. 107.5 plays today’s top hip-hop, rap, R&B, and urban songs. It has been a hip-hop-dominant format since the 1980s.

On-air talent includes Charmaine, Tone Kapone, Zach Boog, Trey White, KeKe, DJ Mike P, Dani D, Jamal Smallz, Princess, and Lil Cruz. The station has a morning show, called the WGCI Morning show, with hosts Leon Rogers, Kendra G, and Kyle Monday.

97.9 WJLB

97.9 WJLB

Location: Detroit, MI

FM Frequency: 97.9

97.9 WJLB is a hip-hop station broadcasting out of the Farmington Hills suburb of Detroit, MI. It has been in its current format since 1988. The station plays the newest hip-hop and rap songs while sprinkling in some hip-hop classics and oldies. On-air talent includes Dani D, Dr. Darrius, Hollywood Unlocked, DJ 33 ⅓, and Stichiz. 97.9 is the only station in Detroit that broadcasts The Breakfast Club.

105.1 The Bounce

105.1 The Bounce

Location: Detroit, MI

FM Frequency: 105.1

105.12 The Bounce is a hip-hop radio station in Detroit, Michigan that plays classic hip-hop music, focusing on music from the 1980s, 1990s, and the early 2000s. The station has been broadcasting in its current format since 2016. On-air talent includes Babs, J Steele, Tune-Up Man, Justin Luvv, The Official Jinx, and Scorpion. The station has a morning show called The Morning Bounce

Hot 93.3 (WHHH)

Location: Indianapolis, IN

FM Frequency: 93.3

Hot 96.3 is a hip-hop station broadcasting out of downtown Indianapolis, IN. The station plays hip-hop, rap, R&B, and urban music, and has been in its hip-hop format since the late 1990s. On-air talent includes Ashmac, B-Swift, and a syndicated show from Incognito. The station also broadcasts the syndicated morning show The Morning Hustle.

Q93 (WQUE)

Q93 (WQUE)

Location: New Orleans, LA

FM Frequency: 93.3

Q93, broadcasting from downtown New Orleans, LA, is the top hip-hop radio station in the New Orleans area. The station plays the top hip-hop, rap, R&B, and urban songs of today and mixes in some classic hits. On-air talent includes Wild Wayne, Trey White, and Uptown Angela. Q93 also broadcasts The Breakfast Club.

Hot 97.5 (KVEG)

Hot 97.5 (KVEG)

Location: Las Vegas, NV

FM Frequency: 97.5

Hot 97.5 is one of the top hip-hop radio stations in the Las Vegas area. With a studio right on the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Hot 97.5 (KVEG) has been broadcasting since 2001. On-air talent includes Mike P and Lady G – who host the Hot 97.5 Morning Show – Elena, Jucee Liu, Spin Dizzy, DJ D-Money, DJ Losso, Lauren Cakes, and EJ. The station plays new hip-hop, rap, R&B, and urban music.

101.1 The Bounce

101.1 The Bounce

Location: Phoenix, AZ

FM Frequency: 101.1

101.1 The Bounce is one of the newest hip-hop radio stations on this list, broadcasting from Phoenix, Arizona in its current format since 2021. The Bounce is a classic hip-hop station focusing on music from the 1990s and 2000s. On-air talent includes Deanna Regalado, Crisco Kidd, Rascal, and DJ Laggz.

Hip-Hop Nation

Hip-Hop Nation

SiriusXM Radio Channel 44

Hip-Hop Nation, broadcasting under the title hip-hop Hits XL, is a Sirius XM hip-hop radio station. Of the SiriusXM hip-hop options, Hip-Hop Nation plays the newest and hottest hip-hop hits. These are mostly songs that are on the charts and trending right now. On-air talent includes Nina 9, Gray Rizzy, Swaggy Sie, Torae, and Pretty Lou & DJ Hollywood. The SiriusXM on-air talent often appears on multiple stations across the platform.

Shade 45

Shade 45

SiriusXM Radio Channel 45

Shade 45 is a SiriusXM hip-hop radio station from rap legend Eminem – whose alter ego is Slim Shady. Eminem started the station in 2004. It plays uncensored and uncut hip-hop music.

The station does include new hip-hop in its playlist, but it has a heavy dose of the 1990s and Early Aughts hip-hop when Eminem and his cronies were always atop the charts. The station also has a morning show with Sway Calloway, previously of MTV, called Sway in the Morning.

LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells Radio

LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells Radio

SiriusXM Radio Channel 43

LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells Radio is the old-school, classic hip-hop SiriusXM radio station. LL Cool J, one of the pioneers of hip-hop music, launched the station in 2018. It plays the top hip-hop songs from the late 1980s and early 1990s when LL was still one of the biggest performers in hip-hop. On-air talent includes Roxanne Shante, Torae, DJ Mister Cee, and hip-hop legend Too Short.

The Heat

The Heat

SiriusXM Radio Channel 46

The Heat is a hip-hop station on SiriusXM that incorporates the full spectrum of hip-hop with a heavy dose of today’s rap and R&B. The R&B and melodic hip-hop playlists separate it from its sister station Hip-Hop Nation. On-air talent includes Mina SayWhat, Swaggy Sie, DJ Steel, Herkules, Dion, Deja Vu, and Joshua “J1” Raiford.

Cadillacc Music

Cadillacc Music

Dash Radio Network

Cadillacc Music is a free online hip-hop radio station on the Dash Radio Network. hip-hop legend and one of the best of all time, Snoop Dogg, started the station in 2015. It plays hip-hop, rap, R&B, soul, and funk. The station plays 24/7 without talk or commercial breaks. 

BIGFM U.S. Rap & Hip Hop

BIGFM U.S. Rap & Hip Hop

BIGFM.DE (online station)

While hip-hop music and culture started in the United States, it has become a worldwide phenomenon over the past thirty years. One of the best hip-hop radio stations is BIGFM U.S. Rap & Hip Hop, a free online station based in Germany. BIGFM plays the top hip-hop songs of today and the past couple of decades, focusing primarily on rap music. It is a free station that broadcasts 24/7.

Hot 108 Jamz

Hot 108 Jamz

(Online station)

Hot 108 Jamz is a free online hip hop radio station based in New York City that plays today’s top hip hop music. The station caters to die-hard rap fans – the playlist is rap-centric with little else – and it plays 24/7. The program director is Joey B and the music director is Perry J.

Top Hip Hop Radio Stations, Final Thoughts

If you’re looking to explore some new radio stations to get your hip-hop mix, you can’t go wrong with any of the above. Pop on one of the best hip hop stations and let the beats take you away.

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