September 29, 2015
by Stephen Smith-Contreras
Los Angeles, CA
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives had its Los Angeles premiere on Monday night (9/28), at the Regent Theater. Playing to full house that included Talib Kweli, Noriega, Peanut Putter Wolf, and DJ Babu (Beat Junkies), Stretch and Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives recounted the magical story of how two friends produced what the Source Magazine has since named ‘The Best Hip Hop Show of All-Time.”
From 1990-1998 on Thursday Nights/Friday Mornings from 1:00am-5:00am in a small broadcasting room at WKCR (Columbia University), The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show was the cornerstone show of non-commercial, underground hip hop. The show eventually became a space where MC battles and Demo Mix tapes flourished, and where unsigned artists like Nas, Busta Rhymes, the Notorious B.I.G, Wu-Tang Clan, BIG PUN, Big L, Jay Z, Fat Joe, Eminem, and many others would come to display their skills, as the NYC Hip Hop community tuned in.
Stretch and Bobbito Radio that Changed Lives truly captures and tells the story of the Golden Era of Hip Hop. For many who lived this era, and for those that were directly affected by it, the excitement of recording live radio broadcasts to tapes, and tweaking your radio dial and antenna to find that minute signal during the pre-digital/pre-internet made us all nostalgic for an era lost.