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.

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

DJ Stretch Armstrong Show with Bobbito &Lord Sear – WKCR 15 June 1995 [Studio Guest Special Ed]

These less than legit Tape Kingz copies were hissy 2nd or 3rd generation UK versions of tapes made available through Fat Beats, Bobbitos Footwork and other key stores around the time in New York City. Far away from the Brooklyn based Tape Kingz mixtape HQ on Flatbush Avenue, these recordings were [thankfully] bootied during the 90s by opportunistic record store owners & staff,  and were a lifeline for many outside NY at the time. As ever, Lord Sear steals the show with Powerule on Freestyle/ Crunchtime session towards the end but the banter with Stretch and Powerule is jokes.

Tape 2 Side A –

AZ – Your World Don’t Stop
Bushwackass – Caught Up in the Game
Powerule – Rock Ya Knot Quick
Ten Thieves – Black Reign
Special Ed & Killer Team – ’95 Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle
Special Ed – Freaky Flow
Special Ed – Lyrics
Special Ed – Just a Killer ft. Bounty Killer
Special Ed – Talk
Mad Skillz – Extra Abstract Skillz ft. Large Professor & Q-Tip
Crooklyn Dodgers ‘95 – Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers

Tape 2 Side B –

Mobb Deep – Keeping It Real
Powerule – Talk
Powerule – Dawn to Dusk
GZA – Labels
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Harlem World
The Roots – Proceed V [Da Beatminerz Remix]
L-Swift – Check Da Style
Common – Resurrection Mix
Powerule & Lord Sear – Freestyle