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No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999 (Book)

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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For as long as I’ve known him, Evan Auerbach aka Ev Boogie of UpNorthTrips has wanted to turn his passion for archiving hip-hop history into a book. We’ve had countless discussions about it throughout the past six years of our friendship, so to watch his hard work pay off truly makes me proud.

For No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999, Ev teamed up with legendary DJ/radio personality Stretch Armstrong to compile a definitive collection of classic nightlife flyers from the pre-social media era of New York City, when buzz spread hand-to-hand. For hip-hop heads, it’s filled with gems—A Tribe Called Quest and Jay Z album release parties, Funkmaster Flex nights at The Tunnel, Eric B. and Rakim live at The Muse, and the list goes on. And trust, it’s bigger than just hip-hop—this book encapsulates it all.

Do yourself a favor and cop before it sells out on Amazon, again. Or pick it up at your nearest Barnes and Noble. It will look dope on your coffee table, and will also make for a great holiday gift.

Get it now, here.

Revolutions On Air: The Golden Era of New York Radio 1980-1988 (Documentary)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Here is a must-watch new documentary on the prime years of New York City radio from the Red Bull Music Academy as they gear up for their upcoming NYC Festival. Although it clocks in at under 20 minutes, it’s still a pretty comprehensive look at the Golden Era of Dance and Rap radio in the country’s biggest market during a time of musical breakthroughs.

Radio legends like DJ Spinna, Stretch Armstrong, Kool DJ Red Alert, Marley Marl and Merlin Bobb explain the innovations and influence of pioneers such as Frankie Crocker, Tony Humphries, Ted Currier and Shep Pettibone. From Tony Moran of The Latin Rascals showing us how he used to manually chop up reels, to tales of Boyd Jarvis playing live keyboards over on-air mixes, and the rise of Mr. Magic and Red Alert, this is a fascinating chronicle of a bygone era. Narrated by MC Lyte.

Previously: DJ Red Alert Remembers Mr. Magic

Video: Stretch & Bobbito’s 20th Anniversary Show

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Stretch tells a crazy story about running into Biggie and realizing that he still listened to their show, well into super-stardom. Bobbito also recalls that Large Pro wrote his verse for “Live at The Barbecue” while he was up at their show. All of that happened within the span of this 5 minute clip, the entire show was 5 hours long and includes another Biggie gem towards the end about how come Stretch & Bobbito were left out of the liner notes of Ready to Die.

Stretch Armstrong, Bobbito Garcia, Lord Sear, Sucio Smash, DJ Homicide, DJ Riz, DJ A-Trak, DJ Eclipse, Large Professor and the hidden but credited DJ Soul at the 20th Anniversary reunion show for the Stretch & Bob show.

Courtesy of LTD Mag. As you can see, there were several other cameras in the room that night so expect to see more footage. After the jump, Busta Rhymes talks about Dante Ross (who was also one of the show’s guests) live on stage at last week’s Funkmaster Flex showcase at B.B. Kings that Stretch mentions when introducing Large Professor.

Previously: Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito’s 20th Anniversary Show

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Audio: Big L & Jay-Z – Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show Freestyle (10 Minute Version)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

How’s this for a rare gem. We’ve all heard the legendary, 7 minute, back and forth freestyle session between L and Hov from the February 23, 1995 episode of the The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR. Shit, most of us can probably spit it word for word. But unless you were listening or recording that night, you probably haven’t heard this extended, nearly 10 minute version.

Two of the best lyricists of all time. Pay homage:

Big L & Jay-Z – Stretch Armstrong & Bobitto Show Freestyle (10 Minute Version)

Big doofy props to DJ Premier Blog & HecticEclectic for the liberation

Video: Stretch Armstrong Remembers a 16 Year Old Named Nasir

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Walking back from a shooting in Harlem, we bumped into Stretch Armstrong, right in front of WCKR (!)
That’s the station where he started -in 1990- what would later become the “Stretch and Bobbito Show”, which many consider the best show ever.
The guy NORE used to call “the albino ostrige” recalls a number of great moments and a greater number of (then) unsigned rappers who blazed the show : cats like Jay-Z, Eminem, Big Pun, ODB, Big L, Biggie, and also a 16 y.o kid in shorts named Nasir…

Props: Media Gasface

Video: Stretch Armstrong Remembers DJ AM

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

DJ Stretch Armstrong, a longtime friend of AM’s, told MTV News: “I was trying to think of an analogy in music to AM and the only group I could really think of is the Beatles. Everything the Beatles did, they knocked down a door. Every year there was something new, whether it was what they were recording or the technology and techniques they were employing. And it’s kind of like that with AM. He knocked down and opened so many doors that had never even been knocked on by DJs. These doors might be open but there’s no one that can walk in them right now, and who knows if there will be? He was a singular talent in that way.”

DJ Premier said he’d known AM for over 14 years and spoke about their relationship on his radio show.

“I met him when he was 14 years old at a Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Whooliganz show. He was with Alchemist and Scott Caan, James Caan’s son … and we took pictures. The other day, he sent me the pictures, and I’m gonna make a T-shirt of that.

“I already heard people are trying to hate like he wasn’t important, like he wasn’t a dope DJ,” Primo added. “Let me tell you something: He is the fuckin’ shit. This dude’s a fuckin’ maniac on turntables, for real. You have to experience this dude’s tactics on turntables — he’s sick with it. And if I cosign it, fuck any DJ who disagrees. You either haven’t seen him spin … and this dude’s history, his knowledge of music, was intense.”

“AM was really dope,” DJ Green Lantern told MTV News. “He was dope on another level. He innovated the live DJ experience a bunch of ways. His transitions from song to song were clever to the point you might be like, ‘Damn, why didn’t I think of that?’ He did that while rocking the crowd.”

“AM just brought a crazy energy to his parties,” Just Blaze agreed. “The way he’d put together the perfect blends of hip-hop, rock, dance and so many other genres is what gave him such a mass appeal. He was one of the few DJs that knew how to cross genres and boundaries without losing the crowd. That’s one of the hardest things to do as a DJ. You please one part of the crowd, and then end up losing another. He knew how to keep the energy at 10 for the entire night. And while his team-ups with Travis weren’t the first time a DJ teamed up with a musician for live sets, it was their common understanding of knowing how to blend genres that made their combination so great and easy to appeal to the masses. You’ve got to play for the people but separate yourself from the thousand other DJs out there. And he’d mastered that.”

Link: DJ AM Remembered By Premier, Stretch Armstrong, Clinton Sparks, Whoo Kid, Jermaine Dupri, Greg Street, Khaled + DJ AM’s Turntable Skills Revered By Drama, Just Blaze, More DJs

See Also: A-Trak’s Remembrance

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