Influential hip hop producer and DJ Calvin LeBrun, known to millions as Mister Cee, resigned from Hot 97/WQHT today. Cee announced to loyal listeners during his midday mix show that it would be his final time scratching records.
“It’s not a joke, today is my last day on Hot 97. I’m doing what I feel is right for the betterment of the station,” Cee said.
Just before Cee told his audience, the Internet lit up with word that he allegedly solicited a drag queen named Bimbo Winehouse for his services.
It is not the first time that Cee’s extremely private life crashed into his professional life.
in 2011, Cee was arrested for receiving oral sex in his car from an apparent transvestite.
Hot 97 morning co-host Peter Rosenberg tweeted his candid thoughts of Cee.
I do not think Cee needed to resign, but his farewell was epic and classic…love you brother…I will always look up to you
— IG : Rosenbergradio (@Rosenbergradio) September 11, 2013
Rosenberg also tweeted that Cee is the “best DJ of classic hip hop in radio history.”
Cee already gained fame in the hip hop universe before joining Hot 97 two decades ago. He was the DJ on Big Daddy Kane’s tracks in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He also was an associate executive producer on Notorious B.I.G.’s first album, Ready to Die, in 1994.
Alexandra Cameron, HOT 97 SVP/GM, said in a statement: “Due to some personal circumstances that have become public, after 20 years of service, Mr. Cee has chosen to resign. We feel that this is in the best interest of both HOT 97 and Cee’s personal well-being. While we do not endorse the alleged activities, he is clearly facing a personal dilemma that is for him and only him to comment on. We are saddened by his departure; his contributions here at HOT 97 were great and we know him as a friend, a caring individual and significant hip hop advocate. We wish Mr. Cee the best and will always consider him a family member of HOT 97.”
Cameron concluded with an odd comparison, linking Cee’s departure with the 9/11 anniversary.
“Moments ago, he officially signed off, on the air and will finish out his last show today on September 11, 2013, an already sad day for New York City.”