*UPDATE: Fat Beats has made a Stretch & Bobbito show from March 2nd, 1995 available for purchase on their website.
If you’re reading this, we pray you know how important Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito are to hip-hop. In 1990 they started a radio show on WKCR, and eight years later The Source named it The Best Hip-Hop Radio Show, topping foundational radio programs like Sway and Tech’s Wake-Up Show, Mr. Magic, and Red Alert.
It wasn’t just dope music. They’d have underground emcees up there before they even got a record deal, spitting freestyles with rhymes never to be heard again. There was also the outrageous humor, thanks to Bobbito’s quirky personality and the late night phone calls from listeners. Lost to time, those recordings simply float around corners of the internet now, and you’re lucky to find any at all of good quality.
But if you’ve been looking for Stretch and Bobbito tapes, we’ve got some good news for you. Ahead of their scheduled 2015 release for a documentary about the radio show, Stretch and Bob are making some of their old tapes available for purchase through Fat Beats. The proceeds will go towards funding the documentary, and while the legal ramifications of selling old radio shows might be sketchy, we don’t give a fuck. We just want those tapes.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more, but for now, check out some of the illest freestyles that went down on the legendary radio show below.