What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito on NPR – Review

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DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia, two legends from the Rap radio game have returned to splash the airwaves, this time, on NPR with a brand new show by the name of What’s Good. This first episode is an interesting, imaginative and unsurprisingly amusing conversation with Dave Chappelle and Donnell Rawlings, two incredibly funny comedians.

Listening to the opening few minutes of the show is alarming, but simply due to structure. Hearing them behaving seriously, even as they preface the show with station acknowledgements is jarring, simply cos they don’t burst into laughter. It sets the tone for a great opening episode. These new epiosdes are not live, they’re pre-recorded, yet they are still the same goofball pals when the shows broadcast. It’s a show where listeners will hear discussions, exchanges and cultured conversations with stimulating people, ‘about art, music, politics, sports and a whole lot more’.

The Samsung shows they did last year were evidently extemporaneous, they featured the same organic ad-hoc flex that was so popular during the WKCR days. But that was two decades and change ago. On What’s Good, don’t expect freestyles from some bummy MC you heard a demo from in 95 !!

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In the trailer for the show, they make note that they will be parlaying with ‘cultural influencers, movers and shakers’, yet that’s exactly what they are themselves. This alone has RRR ‘bugging lovely’, considering the kinda guests that might feature in the future. Cross ya fingers they sit down with some of those Samsung guests again ! Forthcoming NPR guests already include the legendary musician Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, Eddie Huang, RTJ and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. These two are movie-makers, these two are authors and music consultants, DJs and parents, and partly because of their knowledge and history, this show a truly enjoyable listen. For those that only remember the pair from their bugged out days on WKCR, some buggin is evident, and as you may have predicted, the show is on NPR, therefore it’s grown, cultured, and dare we call em this without expecting to receive hella snaps, but it’s sophisticated. The warmth of their individual characters is evident throughout the convos with Donnell and Dave, and their passion for all things positive follows the same trend.

Real talk, a fair percentage of older WKCR listeners must admit that some of the most entertaining sections of the 4 hour shows that aired between 1990 – 1998 were aired between 4-5am, commonly known as crunchtime [kiddies]. This was the part of the night were no music was played, just studio guests and callers gettin castigated, joked and snapped on, sometimes with enough comedic posture that they had the people at home cryin with laughter. So it’s beautiful to hear them again, and it’s a great format for the pair, just breakin bread with good folk. Thankfully, they break bread in the most astute, down-to-earth and refreshing way, as you should expect. It’s grown folk talk from an intelligent Hip-Hop viewpoint. And cmon, how many Rap radio legends use the word extemporaneously ? Harrrdy harr !!!

This first episode is hopefully the first of many, halalulu !

If you haven’t watched the movie mapping their time on the award winning show on WKCR, sort your life out. It can be watched on Netflix in 190 countries, and you can also get involved here.

 

 

DJ Stretch Armstrong Show feat Bobbito [1990 & 1991] Feat Percee P & DMX Freestyle [REMASTERED]

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As the pair are returning to the airwaves on July 19th 2017 with a podcast on NPR, we thought we’d raid the RRR stash and share some of ‘the shit you just cant f**k wit’. This short testimonial collage is a ‘quick little excerpt’ featuring 30 minutes of segments from the embryonic elements of the award winning DJ Stretch Armstong Show Feat Bobbito. EVERY part used was broadcast in either 1990 or 1991. The focus is on the classic freestyles, from Percee P &, as he known at the time, DMX The Great.

After their 8 year run, The Source Magazine presented the DJ Stretch Armstrong Show Feat Bobbito with ‘The Best Hip Hop Radio Show Of All-Time’ award. The show was enjoyed by 1000s of people, whether they were tuning in live, or fortunate enough to be checkin out a dub of the show on a tape. But it wasnt just the music that won over their audiences. The show was presented with a warmth, a spirit of community and true friendship, and the unapologetic humour of NYC stoops.

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The show ran from 1990 – 1998, and just as the documentary movie ‘Stretch and Bobbito:Radio That Changed Lives’ documented the history, the middle-aged man-fans that grew up with the show, are still fiending for that goodness [FYI. If you consider yourself a fan of Hip-Hop or Rap, you are cheatin yourself if you havent seen this doc]. With language like ‘Good lookin Moneydooks’ and ‘You know we Buggin you lovely’, these shows are what RRR is all about, the language of Hip-Hop. As well as recounting the mic breaks, and the understandably unsophisticated approach, there’s a bit of music in here too, some Bolaji on Zakia Records, 45 King productions from Lord Alibaski and Chill Rob G, and a slice of BDP, live from Japan. They also mention ‘gettin good listener response’, which is adorable in the scheme of things. Chino BYI gets a shout as does someone called E-Bro #hardyharr

For RRR, hearin Kurious mistakenly refer to Stretch as Skinny Bones, highlights just how early some of this footage actually is. And with language like ‘Good lookin Moneydooks’ and ‘You know we Buggin you lovely’, these shows are about Hip-Hop, by Hip-Hop heads, and for Hip-Hop heads. As well as recounting the mic breaks, and the understandably unsophisticated approach, there’s a bit of music in here too, some Bolaji on Zakia Records, 45 King productions from Lord Alibaski and Chill Rob G, and a slice of BDP, live from Japan [Stretch would often tease listeners by playing cassettes of performances like this]. They also mention ‘gettin good listener response’, which is adorable in the scheme of things. Chino BYI gets a shout as does someone called E-Bro, and the whispers in the studio make mention of UltraMagnetic showin up as guests.

Big shouts to Billy Jam, D-HAM [‘Disco’ Dave the Culture Man], Nes @ Dirty Waters, DJ Step One, Michael Buchanan, Stretch & Bobbito & Ambassador Bonz Malone from Navarone !

Percee P & DMX Freestyles
Mic Break & Shouts w/ Kurious & Bobbito
Bolaji – Massive Material
WKCR Skinny Bones Show IDs
Chill Rob G – Motivation
The Source Magazine Mind Squad w/ Daddy Reef/ Disco Dave
Beasley B-79 Freestyle
Mic Break w/ Bobbito
UltraMagnetic MCs – Feelin It
BDP – Live in Japan
Mic Break w/ Stretch, Daddy Reef & Kurious
Lord Alibaski ?– Lyrics In Motion
Mic Break & Shouts w/ Stretch & Bobbito

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 http://www.sneakerfreaker.com/2015/10/a-reintroduction-to-stretch-and-bobbito/

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: http://stretchandbobbito.com/screenings

You can pre-order [Release date is 22 October 2015] here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/stretchandbobbito/140348043

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:

https://mega.nz/#F!eJ4x1YYR!MdevFAOrdp5GsXceIyazAw

https://mega.co.nz/#F!58hjhajK!QdklIh8tT_hBln94QUs7uw

https://mega.co.nz/#F!h4xwSBhI!IeccXUVNZPZBoWf-DiOBHw

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