Chance The Rapper on What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Chance The Rapper is the latest guest on the What’s Good podcast with Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito. Over the course of a half hour or so, Chance speaks on being the “ambassador” for #BlackBoyJoy, being influenced by Freestyle Fellowship and Souls of Mischief early in life, how Kanye paved the way for his own particular brand of positive Rap and escaping the cesspool of LA for Chicago. He also details his own efforts to improve the Chicago public school system as well as his involvement in politics in his hometown and his plans for influencing the 2018 midterm elections.

Listen below.

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Stretch & Bobbito Launch New Podcast with Guest Dave Chappelle

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Legendary mixshow hosts Stretch and Bobbito launched their new podcast What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito today on NPR with guests Dave Chappelle and Donnell Rawlings. The two OG comedians speak on their own relationship, coming up in D.C., working on Chappelle’s Show, Dave’s episode of SNL and the mood in the writer’s room on election night and his upcoming Radio City Hall residency. At the end, Erykah Badu does a surprise call-in.

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Big Pun & Fat Joe on The Stretch & Bobbito Show in 1995

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

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This right here is a clutch move on the part of DJ Eclipse. If you’ve seen the new Stretch and Bobbito documentary, you know there’s an amazing moment where the pair play a #veryrare Big Pun verse for Fat Joe. I cited that moment as a great example of Stretch and Bob’s legacy and influence in my post about the film, but it’s also a pretty amazing freestyle and a historic moment in NYC Rap radio history.

Well Pun would’ve turned 44 today, and in honor of his born-day Eclipse has liberated the full audio from that August 31st, 1995 show.

He explains:

I always recorded my guest sets on KCR so I couldn’t for the life of me understand why I wouldn’t have the one Riz and I did when Fat Joe brought up Big Pun for the first time (along w/Armageddon & Keith Nut). Come to find out I forgot to label the tapes with the date. Anyway, seems only fitting to post this today on Pun’s birthday. Joe starts the interview (151:40) and plays some joints off his album before introducing everyone to the mic (167:42). I threw on “Broken Language” and Pun set it all off. Other dope moments were the Pumpkinhead, Natural Elements and O.C./Poops promos that Bob started off the night with before Riz got on (10:20) and showed off (see Nas Remix). Bobbito plays a demo set in the middle of the show (113:15) before Terror Squad arrives and then I close it out (179:22). And what would a Stretch & Bobbito show be without comedy from Lord Sear (228:30) For more insight on this Pun appearance check out the movie “Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives”.

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Stretch and Bobbito on Juan Epstein

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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Stretch and Bobbito meet Juan and Mr. Epstein. Still on a promo run for their new film, the legendary radio pioneers chop it up with Rosenberg and Ciph about a bunch of shit that didn’t make it into the movie. This is a great listen.

Gems include:

  • Bobbito on how Rock Steady invented the practice of breakers using cardboard boxes and linoleum by swiping trash from the furniture store across the street from their park.
  • The time Bob tried to confiscate a promotional copy of Fear of A Black Planet at Bleeker Bob’s.
  • How Flex influenced Stretch’s on-air style and some later static between the two after some comments made on London radio.
  • Bad Boy’s run as the catalyst for the underground/commercial Rap divide.
  • Ciph calling out Stretch for producing the remix to Lil Kim’s “Big Momma Thing” and Stretch’s explaination of how it came to feature a Jay Z verse and two empty bars at the end.
  • The Kim conversation then leads to Bob hearing Stretch’s “LA LA” remix for the first time in his life and Stretch telling the story of how he accidentally erased part of Havoc’s verse and had to travel to QB to get him to record it over.
  • Tragedy Khadafi has been to Stretch’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Stretch and Bobbito’s Radio That Changed Lives Documentary is a Testament to Their Legacy

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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There’s a scene in Radio That Changed Lives, the new documentary about Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito’s seminal 90’s radio show, where the pair play a Big Pun freestyle for Fat Joe that he hadn’t heard since the night Pun laid it live on air. As he listens, a look of absolute delight creeps across his face which is soon replaced by that telltale look of disgust every Rap fan displays upon hearing a particularly ridiculous verse. That moment encapsulates everything that was great about the iconic show, because that’s how we all felt every week as we listened in.

Joe explains that people ask him all the time if he has any unreleased Pun verses, and until then, he thought he knew every one that existed by heart. Moments like that, where the nicest MCs of the era laid some of their most amazing verses, were common during the show’s nearly decade long run. But if you weren’t listening at the time, with your finger on that record button, there was a good chance you were going to miss out. Additionally, you had to be within range of the antenna that sat atop the World Trade Center or you were shit out of luck.

Long before mixtapes became the default distribution method for the streets, recordings of this show were traded across the United States and eventually the world. That exclusivity, coupled with the mind bogglingly on-point curation of up and coming talent, is precisely what made listening to WKCR every week such a religious experience for 90’s Rap fans.

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Stretch And Bobbito – Radio That Changed Lives (Trailer)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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Bruh. I knew this was coming but this trailer has got me hype now. Radio That Changed Lives tells the story of Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito and their groundbreaking radio show on WKCR. Has there ever been a more appropriately titled documentary? Because I think it’s fair to say that show is a big part of why many of us in and around the music industry do what we do today.

The film is currently being screened in select cities and will be premiering in new markets throughout October. This new teaser features teasers of interviews with Jay Z, Eminem, Nas, Raekwon, Fat Joe and several other now iconic artists who got their first break on The Stretch and Bob Show.

Watch below.

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Audio: Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Reunite on WKCR

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia, arguably the two most influential Hip-Hop radio hosts of all time, reunited on their original station WKCR 89.9 last night for a special one off show. The broadcast was put together in support of the NYC1993 event that is going down tonight at the New Museum. I am so mad  that I am only just now hearing about this event, as it is already sold out.

Props to Culture King for the rip.

Spotted: GrandGood

Previously: Stretch & Bobbito’s 20th Anniversary Show | More Highlights From The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show Reunion

Video: More Highlights From The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show Reunion

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Here are a couple more highlights from the Stretch and Bob reunion courtesy of Sucio Smash of Squeeze Radio. They talk about the first song they ever played on air (one of my personal favorites), the origins of “ayo/pause”, Biggie ‘Yoyoyoyoyo’n Stretch one day on Houston and Broadway and Large Pro spits.

Previously: Stretch & Bobbito Reunion Show Footage From Dante Ross | Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito’s 20th Anniversary Reunion Show (Full Audio)

Video: Stretch & Bobbito Reunion Show Footage From Dante Ross

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Dante Ross provides some footage from the Stretch and Bob reunion show.

Says him:

I was honored to be invited to the reunion show the other night. In classic D Ross style I showed up semi late and semi drunk. The snaps were flying and the flashback machine was in full effect. It was a special night and a special little week, it’s not often that you and your peers get to be celebrated and celebrate each others legacy in our own life times. I give thanks that I got to see my brothers Stretch, Bobbito and Lord Sear rock one more time.

In part 1 above, they talk freestyling, crate digging, and why Stretch never rapped on the show. Part 2 after the jump.

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Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito’s 20th Anniversary Reunion Show

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Stretch and Bob reunited last night on WKCR, along with Lord Sear and a slew of special guests, from 1 to 5am (and then to 6) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first time they got on the air. I only caught the last few hours of it, and eskay originally wanted to post this, but he had to run out and he hasn’t had the chance to it listen yet.

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Download: Full Show

Split up: Rapidshare 1 + Rapishare 2 | Multiupload 1 + Multiupload 2

He’ll update the post later and I’ll add different download links too.

Props to AltRap for the rip.