Wednesday, October 20, 2010
In these dark days of NYC hip-hop, where retail meccas like Records Wanted, Fat Beats and Beat Street are all but memories and the city hasn't delivered a breakout rapper worth his or her guest spot on a Green Lantern mixtape, its great news to hear of the reunion of the urban underground's greatest radio duo, DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito, hosting a surprise reunion show on their longtime home on Columbia University's WKCR 89.9 FM during their old 1 AM to 5 AM graveyard shift late tomorrow night/early Friday morning. For the majority of the 1990s some of the greatest moments in rap history went down, from legendary freestyles from some of the biggest names in the game from Notorious BIG to Nas to Eminem to the rise of the city's storied underground movement where the likes of Company Flow, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Organized Konfusion, Non Phixion, Cage, The Juggaknots and so many more got their first big break.
In anticipation for this landmark event, the duo have provided as a free download the immortal session that went down between Jay-Z and Big L on February 23, 1995, and can be copped here.
You will be able to stream the entire show live on the WKCR web site tomorrow night and, hopefully, someone will have the right mind to rip that isht onto mp3 so those of us who have an early bedtime can enjoy it as well.
Here's hoping this one-off reunion show inspires Strech and Bob to get back into it full-time and help kickstart NYC hip-hop back into fighting form.
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Bobbito reminiscing on the Stretch & Bobbito Show:
Nas' 1993 Freestyle:
Cage and Necro 1992 Freestyle:
Eminem Cage Diss:
Organized Konfusion with Lord Finesse freestyle: