Widely regarded as the best hip hop radio program of all time, the Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show broadcast from Columbia University every Thursday night from 1990–1998. Cohosts Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia operated one of the few independent, noncommercial forums for hip hop in the ’90s, a position that allowed them to explore the furthest creative, political, and controversial reaches of rap music. By featuring exclusive demo tapes and in-studio freestyles from unsigned artists, the show introduced countless MCs to the world, including Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., and the Wu-Tang Clan. Home-recorded tapes of the Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show have circulated internationally for decades, celebrated as much for their humor and attitude as for their incredible selection and mixing. Today, contemporary websites offer exhaustive catalogues of these historic programs, reiterating their continued relevance.
In conjunction with the New Museum exhibition “NYC 1993,” Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia discussed New York City circa 1993 through the lens of rap music. Events like the election of Rudolph Giuliani and the World Trade Center bombing changed the city’s landscape, as debut releases by the Wu-Tang Clan and Black Moon established a new tone for New York rap. With unfiltered access to these artists and their concerns, the Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show provided unique documentation of New York in the 1990s, compiling a history of ideas and gestures that continue to inform today’s artists.
Journalist and author Sacha Jenkins was the moderator for this discussion. Jenkins is one of the founders of noted hip hop think tank ego trip (which has produced the books ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists and ego trip’s Big Book of Racism! as well as the White Rapper show for VH1). In 1992, Jenkins cofounded Beat Down, America’s first hip hop newspaper.
This is a short film/music video I made in support of an instrumental album I'm working on called "The Revealing". The joint is called "Believe". I made this at a time when I needed to believe in myself and find my inner strength.I'm sure a lot of you have been down that road... So it was a trip when I heard this sample and my frame of mind during that moment: It just lined up. Like it was delivered to me... What came out in the process, and the "feel of the beat"-It was a perfect translation... anyway, sorry for the sob story...I love makin beats.
Made with my Hv20 and Imovie. please enjoy:)
update: Thanks everyone for the words. for all the folks lookin for the track it's now on Itunes! peep the blog for a description of the project Beat Freaks.
Download the Mix at http://www.mixcrate.com/mix/89970/Return-of-the-Jedi-House-form-1A
I quickly put together an edited version of a section of my new mix Return of the Jedi: House form 1A. Iv'e been saying the Dicer controllers are game changers especially when it comes to adding a cool new dimension with turntable manipulation. In an age where midi controllers and Laptop computers are replacing old technology like the turntable, I thought it would be a great to demonstrate some of the old ways are still useful in a Dance music environment if used in context and flows with the genre of music you are manipulating. So peep the first episode for a new web series from ThatsThat label and myself called the MIXSET where we showcase some really cool quick mixes. Enjoy!!!