Skyzoo’s New Video Plays Out A Childhood Dream Of Performing On Stretch & Bobbito’s Show
Last month, Hip-Hop Heads rejoiced to learn that Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito The Barber are returning to radio, thanks to an NPR podcast. The move is the latest in a story that extends nearly 30 years, back to their post on Columbia University’s WKCR airwaves. For New Yorkers and surrounding antennas, the overnight show captured the magic of MCs like Nas, Eminem, Jay Z, Big L, Biggie Smalls, and countless others long before these lyricists were signed to labels and putting out records.
By the time the show eventually disbanded in the late ’90s, a legion of five borough MCs were too late to follow in their heroes’ footsteps. Presumably, Skyzoo was one rapper who wanted that shot, with deserving bars. The Brooklyn, New Yorker would start making strong industry noise in the mid-2000s with cosigns from 9th Wonder, Sean Price, and DJ Premier. Part of the last days of the Underground Hip-Hop boom, S-K-Y still was past the days of Stretch & Bob. On his latest album, The Easy Truth with producer Apollo Brown, the MC captured the cloth he’s part of with “On The Stretch & Bob Show” and imagines the moment, doing what his influences did.
The video is more literal than the lyrics. Using child actors, they recreate the moment: young Stretch Armstrong, young Kool Bob Love, and young S-K-Y, even with an onlooking Camcorder. The synching comes correct, just like the verse:
#BonusBeat: Stream the whole Skyzoo & Apollo Brown 2016 album below:
This released on Mello Music Group (Oddisee, Rapper Big Pooh, Wise Intelligent).