A couple of 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 its 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."
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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.