Ok, let me be the one to clarify in a non-kiss-assey way. The so-called rap that you play sucks. And you do not play hip hop. You are urbanly confused, yo. The closest you get is Beastie Boys and any long-time listening Beastie fan (such as myself) knows without much debate that the newest album is their worst album. It may as well have been the Democrats political agenda put to a ba-ba-boom. Where's Pauls Boutique? Wheres Sabotage?
The crap you are passing off as rap or hiphop is offensive to my (arguably most of our) ears. There's no Smalls, no Snoop, no Game, and not even any Smith. You give us Sage Francis, Ultrafunkula and some eigth grade dropout duet singing like pixie fairies and call it a palette cleanser and spoof about how its the musical revolution? The Dyno guys laughing at themselves a la Beavis and Butthead put to a plastic pail drum beat would be better. I do listen to rap and urban regularly, I know it isn't really the kind of "stuff" played here.
Four most active community members complained about the quality/quantity of rap within 3 hours. While that might be a small sampling of actual listeners I can look through the requests and see that there is not a single request for any rap or hip hop - ever.
Dude, Howard, with all due respect because I do respect what you do here, anything worth doing is worth doing well. And you'd be well on your way to admit that the shitastic rap that you play is the worst rap has to offer - so why bother? I'd bet a good sized donation that you get most that shit from promo CD's so I'm not entirely buying the idea that you're "going against the structurefreaks telling you what to play".
I don't think anyone here wants to be locked into a single subgenre, that isn't what I'm saying. In fact, that's one of the magical pluses of wazee. But I will advise that if you're going to meander into a different genre, ie: rap, thrash, at least pull in the best instead of the worst. With the college/mod/alt/rock realeases plus the (fantastic) WMD alone you have more than enough playlist to satiate the thirstiest music lover - I just don't understand why you'd want to splash vinegar on my tongue to remind me how bad it tastes.
But, you're right, it's your station and you can do what you want. But the rap you play still sucks and I'm not afraid to say it. Bring on the "Real nigga"...