Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives explores the social impact of what the Source Magazine in 1998 voted, “The Best Hip Hop Radio Show Of All-Time.” The documentary film is the story of quirky friends who became unlikely legends by engaging their listeners and breaking the biggest rap artists ever.

Also Known As: Stretch e Bobbito: Quando la radio ti cambia la vita, Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

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  • alexis-summers
    alexis summers

    the rawest practitioners for distribution of the greatest form of musical expression ever. coming to your ears from the underground during the golden age of real American hip hop and exposing the world to poets and artists that remain unmatched in skill and vision to this day. the heart and soul of the east coast music scene was based in New York city ( no matter what anyone tries to argue )and these two guys were a driving force for an entire industry. they found people that were at the outside edge and gave them a platform to expose an audience to what they had to offer. and were also sought out by others that could get no love from more mainstream radio stations.thank you stretch and bobbito…

  • korolev-mikhei-artiomovich
    korolev mikhei artiomovich

    Excellent documentary, capturing the true essence of hip hop, Garcia did an excellent job directing, just like the legendary show this documentary itself feels incredibly organic. After hearing these shows for years on countless tapes and dubs (which I still play in the Walkman to this day) it was really nice to finally see actual footage of the show in action, really puts everything into perspective and was really interesting. Loads of hip hop legends feature here, and the captions under each were clever and funny (especially Sears) to any hip hop head, and those who don’t are shown in old archive footage of freestyles and interviews, but there are too many underground acts that featured on Stretch & Bob to fit in one documentary, it’s up to the watcher to dig through the tapes and find more old shows and gems from this golden age of hip hop (Natural Elements, Artifacts, red eyed crew, the list is genuinely endless). Undoubtedly the greatest hip hop radio show ever. Was cool seeing the MCs listening to their own freestyles, especially OC, who almost instantly felt it all come back to him, and Nas’ reaction to his off the top was hilarious. Really funny seeing them interview Keith too, wish he was in it more. Tributes to those who were taken too young are done well here to. Perfect documentary, does the legacy of the show justice, and the end credits seems to give a list of all the instrumentals and 12″s used in the documentary, which is helpful for those desperately looking for the crazy beats they used to pull back in the day. DVD also includes a commentary by Stretch and Bobbito which I am really looking forward to watching in the near future.

  • angelina-abisoghomonyan
    angelina abisoghomonyan

    I’m pretty sure I’ve got a shoebox or two of endless minutes of recorded-off-the-radio hip hop from the Nineties. Sadly, growing up in Luton, I had to make do with Tim Westwood’s ‘Radio 1 Rap Show’ every Friday night at 11-2AM and every Saturday, 9-midnight. The Friday night show was usually better. Every week, I would record all six hours, sometimes adding some minutes from Big Ted and Shortee Bltiz’ show on Kiss FM. I would then edit them down, eliminating what I already had or what Lil’ Kim had ruined. This was pretty much my life circa ’98- ’01. If, however, you were (un)lucky enough to have grown up in New York throughout the Nineties, you would have been able to do the same thing, though to the selections of the much better ‘Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show’. If you were one of them there rappers with any ounce of skill, you would probably have made your way on to their college broadcast show every Thursday; a show from which the titular pair made little to negative money, but created a lifetime of memories. Now, in 2015, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of their first broadcast together a week away, or something, Bobbito Garcia has trawled the archives of the video and tape recordings of the show to tell the story of the ‘greatest radio show of all time’ according to someone. With a documentary such as this, you don’t need too much of a story around it: all you need is some interviews with some people involved and the music will speak for itself. This was the approach for ‘The Art of Rap’ and is Garcia’s approach here. Though there is some contextualising.To start, we are introduced to the two men themselves: Adrian ‘Stretch Armstrong’ Bartos and Robert ‘Bobbito’ Garcia, with interviews with their parents, photos of their school days and some brief storytelling as to how they both found hip hop and in turn each other. Then, they decided to make a college radio show together. What then follows is about an hour of the duo interviewing various hip hop heads that appeared on the show, all with an accompanying walkman to play the classic freestyles they once said about two decades ago. The likes of Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, Raekwon, Redman, as well as people you’ve heard of, all take time to listen to the memories and wax lyrical about just how important the show was for MCs in launching their careers. But, with a rap radio show only being as good as the rap music on offer, from 1996 onwards, with the decline in the quality of music felt by both, as well as criticism arising from their switch to Hot 97, the pair started a passive aggressive battle of wills, with the more beat-minded Stretch playing increasing ignorant raps to intentionally annoy the more lyrically-focused Bobbito. The show, therefore ended with the decline in hip hop, before a twentieth anniversary reunion show was made in 2010. So, with the twenty-fifth anniversary, they made a documentary. Everything about this documentary is fun. This is two people doing what they do for the fun of it, loving every minute and barely earning a dollar for the privilege. This is reflected in the film, with both in good spirits throughout the interviews, showing the good rapport they had on the show, and with the hip hop elite. The music speaks for itself, with endless clips of live freestyles from some of the best wordsmiths available, leaving the audience to HOLLLLLLLLERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! This is probably one more for true heads, who will love it, but can provide an education for those less in the know. It brings back memories and will show you some things you may have missed. This is hip hop for the sheer joy of it and a reminder as to why we followed that path. politic1983.blogspot.co.uk

  • enzo-teixeira
    enzo teixeira

    This show was not only hilarious, real, raw, and groundbreaking but when you see the list of Emcees they broke to the masses or at least put on radio in NY for the first time ever it shows you they knew what was dope and only cared about what was dope/fresh, not what was marketable b-c from 1990-98 that stuff didn’t matter NEARLY as much and even if it did Stretch and Bob didn’t care.Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, Big L, Jay-Z, Big Pun, Eminem, Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Lord Finesse, Redman, Souls of Mischief, and MANY more. Anyone who knows great hiphop knows that the Emcees i just listed are all ELITE GOAT Emcees and they also brought on legends from 80s like Kool G Rap, KRS-One, Qtip (Tribe), etc.Amazing doc and amazing radio show. Even if you don’t like HipHop this movie is enthralling/engrossing, never boring with great cinematography!