Jay Smooth is a veteran hip-hop DJ, cultural commentator and videoblogger at illdoctrine.com. Jay started his career at WBAI radio, where in 1991 he founded New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad. On the Railroad Jay helped break artists including the Wu Tang Clan, Naughty by Nature, Jean Grae and Natural Elements, and was recently cited by Chuck D as home of “the best hip-hop conversations.” Jay founded his website hiphopmusic.com in 1997 and was pivotal in launching the hip-hop blog scene.
Since 2007 Jay is best known for his social commentary in the Illdoctrine.com video series. Jay’s mix of humor and incisive analysis has garnered millions of views and been featured by NPR, CNN and MSNBC where Rachel Maddow hailed him as a “genius.” Ill Doctrine videos including “How to Tell Someone They Sound Racist” have become part of the curriculum in many schools and universities, and Jay’s TEDx talk, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Talking About Race” among the most widely viewed on the TEDx website.