News: Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 Rival Busted By Police, Arrested In NYC

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 12:10PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex might have some words for former radio comrade and current station rival DJ Clue during his show tonight (April 3) after news of the deejay's New York arrest has surfaced online.

According to reports, the former Hot 97 radio deejay found himself in handcuffs on numerous charges Wednesday morning.

A Power 105 DJ was busted for drugs this morning at an NYPD checkpoint in Manhattan, authorities said. DJ Clue, whose real name is Ernesto Shaw, was driving in Greenwich Village when he was stopped at 2 a.m. on Varick Street, cops said. Shaw, 39, was driving with a suspended license and when police searched him they found three pills wrapped in foil in his pants pocket, cops said. The famed radio DJ has had his license suspended eight times, law enforcement sources said. He was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said. (New York Post)

Prior to joining rival station Power 105.1 a few years ago, Clue made a name for himself at Hot 97.

DJ Clue launched his career in the mid-'90s with signature mixtapes that were high-quality production and featured exclusive songs. One 1994 tape featured unreleased work by The Notorious B.I.G., accelerating his rise to fame. DJ Clue joined Hot 97 as a radio personality in the late 1990s before releasing two major label releases via Rock-A-Fella/Def Jam. He later created his own label, Desert Storm, and left Hot 97 for Power 105.1. (NBC New York)

Last year, Funk Flex took to his nightly radio show to go off on Clue.

"I get the records in this town first! ... This radio thing is NOT your arena, ok? ... People only put their faith in you 'cause they hope that you're the next Flex!... You can't keep up with me, boy! ... Fam, you got about 2 wins in 52 weeks and that's what you get hyped for? You been losing for so long that that's what you get hyped for? ... Who you mad at, me or you, man? ... I been doin' this a long time. You can't beat me at it, man. You make yourself sound stupid braggin' about two weeks out of 52. Really? That's what you got? ... My radio game is at level 20. Boy you betta go back to the drawing board 'cause you lost tonight. ... Classic loser status. ... I know he's good at what he does, man, but he ain't better at this right here. ... Now don't let me have to talk to you like this again. You clown. ... You listen to me good -- I aint hold this crown for so many years for some boxhead cornball to get a record tonight that you thought you was gonna get. Now you just shut up. OK? ... How many times does this have to happen to you, Charlie Brown?? You'll never kick the football!! NEVER!! ... Hot 97, I reign supreme nationally in this radio thing! Let me know if you want a lesson." (Soul Culture UK)

Tensions reportedly rose when Flex got his hands on rap star Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap" record before Clue last year.

Funkmaster Flex went on an epic rant earlier tonight (March 20th). It seems Hot 97's longtime HDJIC was peeved that DJ Clue--who handles his business at rival Power 105.1--was popping ish the previous night over besting Flex in the ratings. Then there was more chatter, amongst the bomb drops, about who gets records first in NYC (Flex claims he bogarted dropping Nicki Minaj's "Beez In The Trap" first) and all that. (Hip Hop Wired)

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