Why Hardbody Kiotti is known as the ‘Radio Boss’ in Houston

Hardbody Kiotti (Photo credit: Charming Charlton)

Jerrel “Hardbody Kiotti” Brown is a radio personality and DJ at 97.9 The Box in Houston. He took a moment to sit down with rolling out.

When did you start deejaying?

Sticky “JR” Promo gave me my first job. He had a club called Plush, and he let me come in. He gave me a shot and ever since then, I’ve been rocking.

How did you come up with your DJ name?

When I first started deejaying, I didn’t want people to put DJ in front of Kiotti because I did so much that when I first started my DJ gig, I told them, “Nah, just say Kiotti.” [They kept saying] DJ Kiotti. So I just was like, it is what it is.

What albums do you listen to when you’re not working?

I definitely like Daniel Caesar, Summer Walker, Teyana Taylor, Ella Mai, [and] Rick Ross, “Deeper Than Rap”. I listened to Slim Thug SDS all the way through.

 What makes working at 97.9 The Box special to you?

As far as the behind the scenes, I really see how much stuff that we do for the community. If you grew up in Houston, 97.9 was your station. If you were able to play for the dynasty in any sport, 97.9 is the dynasty. PERIOD.

What songs would you recommend for working out?

Anything trap.

What songs would you recommend for weddings?

Mary J. Blige — anything from the Share My World album; “POV” by Division; and Summer Walker’s “Girls Need Love.”

What songs would you recommend to start your day?

My [phone] alarm is “Get You” by Daniel Caesar.

Where’s the best place to go for food at 2 a.m. in Houston?

Velvet Taco restaurant for spicy tika chicken. They are open until 4 a.m. Also, The Breakfast Klub. They reopen from 10 at night until 3 in the morning.

Where the best place in Houston to eat, period?

For breakfast, it would have to be The Breakfast Klub. Lunch, the Turkey Leg Hut or Soul Food Vegan. Favorite ‘hood spot would have to be Lotus or LA Fisherman.

What are the top places to listen to good music in Houston?

The hot spot is the Address right now or Diablo Loco.

The best way to move a crowd is …

Cater to the ladies. Women are the engine of the club. Don’t forget that.

That odd track I throw in my mix to catch the crowd off guard is …

“Tennesse Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton.

Practice and research in my field are important because …

Music comes out so fast now. [There are] always songs you are going to miss. You gotta stay in touch with the community and the kids.

Instagram: @HardBodyKiotti

Twitter: @HardBodyKiotti

Facebook: Kiotti “Radio Boss” Brown

Rocky Rockett

Blogger/ Writer

Growing up, Rocky Rockett listened to a wide range of music in the house from Depeche Mode and Janet Jackson to Enya and Luis Miguel. There was just something extra special about hip-hop to her. At a young age, she’d listen to 97.9 The Box and would make her own “mixtapes” by recording music off of the radio and onto cassette tapes. Rocky is a lover of all music, but has made a dedication to change the hip-hop industry by bringing compassion and unity to the table. She wants to ensure that any music artists she works with has a deep understanding and appreciation for the legends of their genre and help them tap into their true potential in their own raw, unfiltered talent. As an Blogger, Activist and Philanthropist in both her Black and Hip-Hop/ Music communities, her missions are attached to the social media hashtag, #SchoolOfRocky.



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