A New Film Shows How Stretch & Bobbito Helped Launch the Careers of Nas, Jay Z, Big Pun & More (Video)
In the 90s, Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia hosted a seminal radio show every Thursday night (technically early Friday morning) that would become one of the most important platforms in Hip-Hop. Throughout the decade, they served as de facto ambassadors, introducing audiences and the world to unsigned and undiscovered artists like Biggie, Eminem, Jay Z, MF DOOM, Wu-Tang Clan, and Nas. This year, the two celebrated the 25th anniversary of their inaugural year on the air (the show debuted in October) with an event in New York City but now Heads around the world will have the chance to join in on the party, thanks to a new documentary called Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives.
Directed by Garcia, the film celebrates the history of the duo’s iconic program which, amongst other things, showcased exclusive demo tapes and aired in-studio freestyles from some of the biggest names in the scene before they blew up, including Big L, Big Pun, Fat Joe, the Fugees, and of course the aforementioned MCs. Named the “Best Hip-Hop Radio Show of All Time” by The Source in 1998, the show not only contributed to the exposure of some of the music’s biggest talents, but also to the popularity of the Hip-Hop radio format, complete with in-depth discussions about the culture and its influence. Available for purchase for $12.99, Heads can now watch the trailer. Check it out below.
What was your favorite Stretch & Bobbito moment?