Stretch and Bobbito are Back
Legendary radio DJs debut NPR podcast this summer
As a rapper in New York City in the 1990s, there were two things you needed to attain to be taken seriously: a gold chain, and an slot on Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia’s Columbia University-helmed radio show, Stretch & Bobbito. The duo will forever be remembered for the classic moments they set forth, including the mythical Jay-Z and Big L freestyle, but they aren’t ready to see their jerseys swinging from the rafters just yet. In a brand new video trailer, NPR has announced a new podcast from the duo, which will debut this summer.
In the trailer, El-P summarizes the importance of Stretch & Bobbito thus: “We looked up to you guys as the most important thing that you could possibly do,” says one-half of the prolific Run the Jewels duo. “For rap music, you weren’t ish until that moment.” Afterwards, Garcia and Armstrong, who’ve maintained their relationship through the last couple decades—and even produced an acclaimed documentary—reminisce over their humble beginnings, which included using a 1960s radio console when they manned Columbia’s WKCR station. During their tenure at the Ivy League station, they played host to a slew of legends, including The Notorious B.I.G., Nas and Eminem in addition to the aforementioned Jay and Big L. Their interviews set the tone for rap’s narratives, and the freestyles that emanated from their sessions grew to a level of importance that rivaled actual record releases. When an artist pulled up at Stretch and Bobbito, unforgettable moments ensued.
The new podcast will be called “What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito.” In an era where the credentials of prominent radio hosts are always being called into question—sorry, DJ Akademiks—this pair of consensus pioneers are sure to be welcomed with open arms.
Enjoy the NPR trailer above.