The Legendary Stretch & Bobbito Reminisce On Rare Hip-Hop Moments, 'What's Good?!' & 'Lyricist Lounge' [Interview]
Stretch & Bobbito sit down with @Okayplayer to talk about the hip-hop culture they’ve documented for the past 20-plus years.
If you haven’t heard the names Stretch & Bobbito then you might be on the wrong site (or just born after 1992). To know of these two hip-hop legends is to be familiar with the roots (no pun intended) of this billion dollar, worldwide culture. Hell, it has been almost 20 years since these two New York natives have been heard on the airwaves, after ending their local WKCR radio show at Columbia University’s campus.
Born Adrian Bartos (Stretch Armstrong) and Robert Garcia (Bobbito) — these two hip-hop super-nerds would geek out on those local college airwaves as guest such as Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. made their underground debut way before hitting the big time. As Stretch & Bobbito took off, they would debate obscure hip-hop sides using pointed opinions on what made the culture tick.
Having met at Def Jam Records as interns, Stretch and Bobbito had a hip-hop pedigree cut from the cloths of Mr. Magic and Kool DJ Red Alert. Those graveyard shift hours proved to be hip-hop history in the making. Unfortunately, those times didn’t last, but after a long hiatus, Stretch and Bobbito are back on the airwaves with the NPR-backed show, What’s Good With Stretch & Bobbito. Already clocking in classic stories from “some of the biggest players in music, sports, and entertainment,” legends—both established and budding—such as Dave Chappelle, Chance the Rapper, Stevie Wonder and Mahershala Ali have made appearances on the new podcast, which aired its first episode on July 19.
With their must-see documentary, Radio That Changed Lives available for viewing on Netflix, @Okayplayer was able to get these two titans of the culture to sit down and talk with us about rare moments they’ve experienced, their NPR podcast and share a story about a Lyricist Lounge song that Okayplayers still love to this day.