Stretch and Bobbito in 3 Minutes
They introduced us to hip-hop icons such as The Notorious B.I.G. and Eminem back in the day.
Stretch (Adrian Bartos) and Bobbito (Robert Garcia) are just two buddies who were entertaining enough to make it big in the world of radio. They got their start on Columbia University's campus station, where they were able to do their own weekly four hour hip-hop program.
They were only allotted the four hours from 1am until to 5am, and the station they worked for was not an easy one to stumble upon, so listeners had to intentionally seek them out. Given those factors, the twosome where allowed pretty much free reign to play uncensored versions of tracks, and host interviews with hip-hop artists who were yet to be signed to a record label.
The show grew quickly in popularity due to Stretch and Bobbito's creatively different, yet well-organised segments that included and highlighted the talents of up and coming artists like Notorious B.I.G and Eminem. The show became so well-known that in 1998, The Source named The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show as the "Best Hip-Hop Radio Show of All Time".
Almost nineteen years have passed since their show was on the air, where they were bringing fame to unknown artists during the late (or early) hours of the day. But the two are now back at it again with another radio gig, this time with an entirely different twist.
The show, rumored to return for season 2 later this year, titled "What's good with Stretch and Bobbito" will continue to reunite and focus more on today's culture and politics, art and sports, and of course, discussions surrounding the hip-hop community and other popular music today.
Whether or not you are familiar with the duo, this show will be worth listening to. But of course, patience is a virtue, and the season 2 premiere date has yet to be announced. We do know that it will air on NPR in the United States, which is easily accessible from Australia.
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