As of noon on Monday, Cumulus Media kicked news talk station The Torch out of the 98.3 FM airwaves in central Iowa.
Enter: The Vibe, a classic hip-hop station spinning smash hits from decades past. Des Moines' thirst for Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott and countless others is now being quenched — in the form of nonstop classic hip-hop on 98.3 FM.
Focusing on late-'80s to mid-2000s hip-hop, the station is part of Cumulus' national classic hip-hop programming, said Sean Elliott, The Vibe's program director. He said a lot of music will be drawn from 1995-99. What unforgettable records were released in that period? Oh, just The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Life After Death," Dr. Dre's "2001," Jay Z's "Reasonable Doubt," OutKast's "Aquemini," and Eminem's "The Slim Shady LP" to name a few.
Juice can't promise any tracks from those records will make it onto The Vibe's airwaves — that's for the station to decide. Instead, here's a look at the first five tracks the station played when switching the airwaves over.
The station broke into Des Moines airwaves dropping a classic track from MC Hammer. The song's the title track off Hammer's third studio release.
To the window, to the wall with the second song from the station. This dance club anthem dropped in 2002.
Be prepared to dust off the classic chorus from this 2001 mega hit. The song reached no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the early '00s.
This Dr. Dre single comes off the massively successful record "The Chronic," released in 1992.
Slick Rick breaks into The Vibe's rotation with this quintessential '80s track. The song was released on "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick" album.
Okay, okay. The list is supposed to be the top five songs, but the sixth song was Tupac, so it's got to make the list. The song comes off the rapper's 1996 record "All Eyez On Me."
Note: Some of the tracks linked in this list may contain profanity.