Stretch & Bobbito – Radio That Changed Lives [In Theatres Now]

If you are under the impression that the ‘elements of Hip-Hop’ are key to the culture, think again. The spirit, energy, enthusiasm and just as important, the humour of what true Hip-Hop is about, are clearly presented in this film.

Starting in 1990, armed with nothing more than their ever-expanding and ever-loyal community of listeners to spread the word, DJ Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia presented a radio show in New York City.

You can read more about my opinion of the movie here

As the show gained interest, people within the Hip-Hop establishment from all over the planet were swapping cassettes, and by the mid-90s, both the pre-recorded tapes that were distributed by the pair to indy record stores [EG. Bobbitos’ own Footwork & Fat Beats] and dubs of the 4 hour weekly show were passing hands on the regular. Some people including myself would make annual trips to New York to get our fix of the culture; the performances, the garms, the gear, the kicks, and just as importantly, the radio shows. And yes, we would buy boomboxes specifically to record those shows….

The DJ Stretch Armstrong Show, and these recordings, featured independant Rap, old school Rap and sometimes the building blocks of the music that Rap was formed of; Soul/ Jazz/ Funk et cetera. But an integral part of the show was the artists that rolled up to the studios of the Columbia University college station WKCR 89.9 FM. Some were invited, some werent, but the majority of guests that rhymed wanted to rhyme on air, and as the mic was continuously ‘open’ to MCs that wanted some shine [both signed and unsigned], the ‘quirky friends’ created the ultimate platform for Rap to blossom. The show was later awarded the title “Best Of All-Time” by the Source Magazine in January 1998.

Now in 2015, just days before the 25th Anniversary of the first ever show [Broadcast on Thursday 25th October 1990], the accomplishments of the 8 years can be seen in a truly illuminating documentary which highlights the ‘gut-busting humour’ that the community thrived on, as well as the talent on display at the time. Alot of that talent [Eminem/ Jay-Z/ Biggie Smalls] have become household names across the world, so if you have ever enjoyed Rap as a soundtrack to your life, regardless of when, regardless of how old you are, or what you think the cultures foundations are, this documentary is a ‘must-see’.

Tickets are still available for the London screenings [if you own a neck-brace] and all international screenings are listed here:

You can pre-order [Release date is 22 October 2015] here:

Our archives have been removed from the web recently but you can find dozens of shows and hundreds of hours worth of shows courtesy of the Phila Flava Unit [Jamo/ Chris Miller and Dom Locc] below:!eJ4x1YYR!MdevFAOrdp5GsXceIyazAw!58hjhajK!QdklIh8tT_hBln94QUs7uw!h4xwSBhI!IeccXUVNZPZBoWf-DiOBHw

Humunganoid propers to Stretch & Bobb and of course, Lord Sear.

DJ Stretch Armstrong Show Feat Bobbito & Lord Sear – 30 November 1995 [Studio Guests Pete Rock and more]

This one was originally shared from a crappy sounding cassette that we copped in the days of wayback, way back in the days. It was another 27th generation copy from the Underground Flavas crew out of West London. This time, RRR have blatantly boosted the full 4 hour show from the DJ Eclipse rip which had been shared on the web a few years back [and subsequently been deaded in terms of linkage], we’ve bumped the EQ, compressed it a touch and tweaked it for your listening pleasure.

As well as the great music and tight mixing, this vintage classic includes a special remix from Stretch, unreleased gems from the Chocolate Boy Wonder and the studio guests include Pete Rock, 2/3 of The Fugees, Myschief and more. Get those matchsticks in the eye sockets cos you have to stay up for the PNB sample sale info and Kool G Rap on the erm, request line. This show is a great example of why Stretch is held is such high esteem by his peers within the industry as well as the listeners, he may have been a DJ and a host, but the actual mixing, blends and turntable based doo-dads are tight like duck-butts throughout this show. No gobble.

Tr’mungous sized shouts to DJ Eclipse, DJ MK, Derrick from Underground Flavas, Krisch, Aleph, Nes, Big Sleep, Serch, Ev Boogie, Stretch, Bobb & Sear.

Full tracklisting on the Soundcloud.

Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show - November 30 1995 Tape Cover

Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito – 28 September 1995

From all indications the tape below, purchased from Bobbitos Footwork store back in 95, is extra duty goofy cos its from Stretchs Birthday. Bobb & Daddy Reef are in the studio, and there’s alotta muckin’ around which leads to some great music, some random version excursions from Stretch [& Mighty Milo] as well as having MF Grimm & Kool G Rap drop into the studio.

Its all about those hand-printed Fat Beats J-Card inserts. Classic 9-Cinco shit !

Stretch & Bobb - 28 September 1995 J-Card

Stretch & Bobb - 28 September 1995 Tape