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Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito - 89.9FM New York 11/11/93

posted on Oct 06, 2005 Large Professor, OC, Pharoahe Monch, Mr. Complex freestyle (Link Expired)

Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito - 89.9FM New York 11/11/93

Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito
89.9FM New York 11/11/93 featuring Kool Keith, O.C., Large Professor, and Monch
Vintage Radio from the Private Collection

If you counted yourself among hip-hop fanatics of high school age dwelling in the greater New York City metropolitan area circa 1993 then you may have passed your Friday morning classes submerged in R.E.M. cycle sleep. For years, heads relied on Stretch and Bobbito to bless the airwaves late on Thursday nights with exclusive vinyl-only gems while trading hilarious quips with the underground’s A-list of up and comers in between historical freestyle sessions. The release of mastered versions of choice installments of this show is no minor coup, as the number of rap careers that were essentially spearheaded on 89.9 FM is staggering and includes everyone from DMX to Godfather Don. The 11/11/93 edition of 89-Tec-9 does not disappoint as an unearthed time capsule, an expertly paced musical selection, or an eye-opening all-star cipher with an inclusive, rec-room feel. Stretch and Bobbito drop megaton after megaton of ‘93 flavor, from the jams of the moment (Hard 2 Obtain, “L.I. Groove”) to bizarre but funky rarities (Company Flow, “Juvenile Techniques”) to colossal future classics just on the come up (Jeru The Damaja, “Come Clean), as well as harder album cuts from beloved middlegrounders like Black Moon and Tribe. The freestyle/banter sessions are naturally the true highlight, and they are entirely worthy of repeated rewinds: Kool Keith’s scatlogical stream of consciousness, O.C.’s deft wordplay, and Monch’s torrential wreck all sound right at home over Large Professor’s live SP 1200 manipulation of the beats that were later used to back Tragedy on the remix of “Funk Mode” and Mad Skillz on “Skillz in ’95.” While this release may not be received as a sacred artifact by every citizen of today’s aesthetically diverse and very youthful hip hop nation, there are a few moments that one can only describe as magical. Towards the end of the show, just after Kool Keith proclaims the evening to be among the most “classicest” in history, Large Professor notes that every artist packed into the 89.9 FM studio came up in the game under the tutelage of the late great Paul C. In such instances, which came about regularly on the show, we are given a glimpse into our shared musical heritage and the unforgettable personalities who shaped the progression of the hip hop genre.

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Comments for "Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito - 89.9FM New York 11/11/93"

  1. Haha, I was never awake for a Friday class around that time. I miss S & B 89tec9. Are there plans for a Stretch and Bob release of some sort? That would be nuts.
    Jay    Dec 6, 11:17 AM   
  2. Yo..I grew up in the Tri-State (Bridgeport,CT). Stretch and Bob’s show gotta go down as one of the best Hip-Hop (not rap) Radio Shows of all time. Damn, can I get my hands on the 11/11/93 show???
    Doug Fresh    Dec 15, 05:51 PM   
  3. These guys had the best radio show for hip hop of all times. I recorded every show every week, got to get music months before it came out on the other stations. Im still looking for a tape I have from them with HALF A MIL. All his unreleased songs. Anybody got it:???


    Chris C    Mar 26, 10:13 PM   
  4. I’ve been looking for Half-A-Mil material on the internet for the past six or seven years or something like that. Where the bootleggers at?


    Nikhil P. Yerawadekar    Mar 26, 11:42 PM   
  5. word!!!we need those stretch and bob tapes man…put that shit on mp3 son.lol..


    lex    Jan 21, 09:12 PM   
  6. I’ve been triing to find this Redman song that was only played on the Stretch and Bobbito show like in 94-95


    Mrs. Hemmingway    Mar 20, 01:58 PM   
  7. Hemmingway,

    Stretch runs a great new blog

    You may want to check it out and see if he can help you find the song.


    Rafi    Mar 20, 05:10 PM   
  8. stretch & bobbito is the best show on the radio ever. its just science


    — ravi    Dec 8, 03:54 AM   
  9. FIRST I WANNA SAY I’VE BEEN A FAN FOR YEARS, I’M TALKIN BOUT WHEN THE ROOTS, ODB, SUPER NAT, THE FUGEES, BIG L, JAY Z, NATURAL ELEMENTS, CRAIG G, THE WHOLE WU, ETC... USE TO COME TO THE SHOW AND RIP IT ON SOME REAL HIP HOP UNDERGROUND SHIT. I WAS WONDERIN IF THERE WAS ANY WAY TO GET COPIES OF THE SHOW OR CERTAIN FREESTYLE SEGMENTS, IF SO PLEASE E- MAIL ME ANY HELPFUL INFO IF POSSIBLE, I’M TIRED OF THE BULLSHIT OUT THERE NOW.. MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS shotgunshezee@yahoo.com


    bruchan mitchell    Feb 14, 04:50 PM   
  10. There aint no underground show out there now and never will be like Stretch & BOB Cucumber Slice. Them dudes was the foundation of underground radio shows on 88 hip hop. Big Ups To 90.1, and still 89.tech – 9 today but wit out them , now they got new cats up in there . But thats still there studio. The Sickest Beatz , Street sh*t to their sickest freestyle sessions. I even seen Stretch&Bob On Rap city back in the day. “STREET SMARTS” Medal Thingz. Cage, Eastern Confrence,ECT. “NYC STRETCH ARMSTONG NOW IN YOUR WORLD WIT EXCLUSIVE ON HOT 97 WORD UP”. YO I MISS YOU GUYS FOR REAL STRETCH & BOB 4 EVER. WORD UP. YA DUDES WAS THE SHIT ON THURSDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTZ...


    — Chris    Aug 21, 12:41 AM   
  11. for real for real that was the best radio show, i never like listening 2 radio stations and still dont cause they just keep runnin the same shit over and over, not stretch and bobbito they just kept giving new flavor after flaver that hard underground shit, yo but if there’s away i can cop some copies of the show let me now please…for real i remember that joint LOCK SHIT DOWN by DARK SKINNED ASSASSIN & RAEKWON THAT SHIT WAS CRAZY SON.... AND SOME SHIT SUPER NATURAL HAD I DONT KNOW THE NAME BUT LET ME KNOW IF U GOT COPY’S PEACE.....


    jmillz    Oct 10, 09:54 AM   
  12. FRIDAY MORNING WAS HECTIC GOING TO SCHOOL, BUT NO DOUBT I HAD THE EXCLUSIVE SHIT FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE. NIGGAZ ALWAYS ASKED WHERE I GET THE UNRELEASED,I SAIDWAIT FOR THAT SHIT TO COME OUT IN RADIO!”


    JOEY SLABZ    Oct 12, 02:12 PM   
  13. addicted to hip hop since the early ninteys, listenin with girls in tighty whiteys, slightly funny, white kid from the TO, sess in bongs, still got word of the streach and bob, nas was spittin, awesome vision, i got the same game, lots a woman, lots a ass, lots a class, tryna get my first contract… hahah


    Savage    Jan 22, 12:36 AM   
  14. Dont be mad, get a DAWG


    mikeyd    Mar 23, 12:02 AM