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

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