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  • Stretch & Bobbito documentary on the Notorious BIG (Video)

    Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia are the focus of the new documentary film Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, which digs deep on one of the most important radio shows in the history of hip hop music. Stretch & Bob's late night show ran from 1990-1998 on WKCR and 1996-1999 on Hot 97 in New York City, and introduced audiences to legions of new artists, thereby changing the course of music as we know it.

    Ask Nas or Jay Z or Eminem or Busta Rhymes or Big Pun or Wu-Tang Clan or Cam'ron or Ma$e, and they'll tell you about either their first or an early appearance on the show and the impact that had. The Notorious B.I.G. knew too, and one of the earliest freestyles ever recorded of the Bed-Stuy legend happened on the show. He was 16 years old. More details on that below.


    Stretch: So I created a blog many years ago in hopes of getting copies of some of these tapes, including this Biggie tape. I have a really vague recollection of him actually being here though, what he looked like…

    Bobbito: I remember, he was wearing an army jacket and was eating in the studio. But that’s all I remember.

    Stretch: So we got in contact with 50 Grand to try to find the freestyle that appears in the film. We didn’t know that he had that tape until that week, and when he is handing it to us, that was the moment when we are actually seeing it for the first time. It’s incredible. We didn’t know what we were gonna hear until we put it in that tape deck. That is the first time we heard it, was on camera.

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