Stretch & Bobbito, or Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia, do one of those dope Red Bull Music Academy sit-downs (not dope because it’s Red Bull Music Academy) with the sagely Chairman Mao as the host/moderator (that’s more like it).
Ah, the days of 89Tec9. Staying up late with your tape(s) ready whilst praying that the auto-reverse on your deck (or alarm clock, if you didn’t have a newer hi-fi system/boombox) doesn’t fail you in one of the many ways it could. Those morning-after moments where the tape went right into your walkman as you started your day’s journey and heard everything with a much clearer head (pause/ayo). The first time you gathered enough courage to call-in during “Crunch Time.” Your second call-in when you tried to heat back Lord Sear. The “best of” tapes you and your crew made off of the show’s live freestyles and various demo joints. The third time you called in, a year later, because you thought that “things will be different since I got better with my rhymes.”
This is required viewing for all of you PTP heads as there are so many poignant jewels being dropped throughout…and as previously noted in my post regarding last year’s reunion, it’s just plain good to see how the duo has maintained their veritable sense of comradery and “working chemistry” (pause, again). Regardless of what clash caused the show’s demise in the late 90′s, 4 (hours)-times-52 (weeks)-times-8 (years) spent in a windowless room with one another is a lot of bread broken. Thankfully, neither Stretch nor Bob has murdered the other, further proving the old bit about “what won’t kill you…”
About 30:21 into it, where they are describing the regular call-in masochists, and Bob tells the story of the cat who had just shot someone… yeah. A-fucking-mazing.
To those of you who have compared Fresh Out The Box to Stretch & Bob? You guys are far too fucking kind and, perhaps, a little delusional (but we really, really thank you as that is probably the highest compliment next to “FOTB stops global hunger and bad parenting”). There’s plenty more trail for Note and I to cover in order for that comparison to be even remotely possible, and hopefully we can discover something completely unique to us (in terms of approach)…or maybe we have already…while at it.
Props to Nasty Vaz TCK for the heads up (pause, again x 2).