Happy Birthday, Cipha Sounds!

Happy Birthday, Cipha Sounds!
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Today, April 19, is the brithday of one of New York’s most notable and hilarious radio personalities, Cipha Sounds.

Cipha Sounds, born Luiz Diaz, hails from the Bronx, New York and started in New York radio business under Wildman Steve and DJ Riz of New York’s Flip Squad. He found his home at Hot 97 in the late ’90s spinning with Funkmster Flex and eventually getting his own show. He is hailed as being the first New York market DJ to play Rihanna, Rick Ross, and more.

In January 2015, Cipha announced he was leaving Hot 97 after seventeen years due to job frustration. Later in that same month, he announced that he had signed to Roc Nation.

Besides radio, Cipha is known to be such a jokester, he brought his talents to comedy. In 2007, Sounds started his own monthly hip-hop themed comedy series called “Don’t Get Gassed” and an improv show called “Take It Personal” at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He also has a podcast with former Hot 97 co-worker Peter Rosenberg called Juan Epstein.

Happy 40th Birthday to the multi-talented Cipha Sounds!

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