A couple weeks ago, we brought you the welcome news that DJ Stretch Armstrong and 'Bobbito' Garcia, or rather Stretch & Bobbito, had taken to SoundCloud to unearth some classic freestyles. With a documentary on the legendary radio duo, entitled Stretch And Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, slated to premiere later this summer, it's as good a time as ever to reflect on the show and the numerous esteemed emcees who counted on it's exposure as a doorway to success.
Just days ago, the duo decided to bless hip-hop heads with a few more rarities, uploading a trio of JAY Z freestyles circa 1995. Most notably, of course, is the illustrious session between Hova and Big L, oft-discussed as one of the greatest of its kind. Chances are good that you've heard it once, if not countless times; it's become required listening for any longtime hip-hop fan.
Of course the two artists were young and hungry, but I always think it's interesting to remember just how unknown the pair was back then. As Stretch told Vibe in 2012, "We had no idea Jay-Z was going to be a platinum artist. In ’95, these dudes were just up-and-coming cats, no different than Kage or Pharoahe Monch."
The other two freestyles, while not quite as revered, are still classic Jay that will take you right back to '95. As fans, let us collectively pray that Stretch & Bobbito continue their generosity and let loose even more material from the vaults in the time to come.
[By Brendan Varan. He hopes this becomes a regular thing for Stretch & Bobbito. Follow him on Twitter.]