Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Photos/Video from the Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Reunion

...check out what Jon Caramanica of the New York Times had to say about the reunion below (Photos by NY Times photographer: Chad Batka)

So there was unexpected resonance in the choice of that space — now Le Poisson Rouge — for the reunion of “The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show,” which ran from 1990 to 1998 on WKCR-FM (89.9), the Columbia University station, and was the most noteworthy bulwark against that move to commercialism. In the Stretch & Bobbito world, mainstream was a four-letter word.

That that resistance proved largely futile only enhanced the memory of the battle’s intensity. On Thursday night a few hundred flamekeepers — several in vintage T-shirts advertising the radio show — came out to watch a one-night revival (following a one-off radio show in October). The D.J.’s and hosts Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia were joined by a revolving crew of sidekicks, rappers and hangers-on to revisit a time when jeans were baggy, records were vinyl, and borders were heavily policed.

It was a class reunion, featuring not only performances but also the deep, long hugs of people who went through war together and had not seen one another since. Not surprisingly, the night unfolded much as the radio show used to — meandering at the beginning, intense at the middle, fizzling out at the end. There were scads of inside jokes and several videos of old shows, including a blistering freestyle session by Souls of Mischief.

(Click here to read the full article on NYTimes.com)

Puja Patel of the Village Voice also snagged some nice shots from the event,click here to see the whole set

..and last but not least, check out Masta Killa & Raekwon supporting Stretch & Bobbito

To view the rest of the videos, courtesy of 7thBoro.com, click here!

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