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Wednesday, Jun 24 2015 | 06:27
Image: 1597989 During the 1990s, the Stretch and Bobbito Radio Show
a.k.a. “89tec9” introduced the world to an unsigned Nas,
Biggie, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep and Big Pun as well as
an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, Cypress Hill, Fat Joe, and
the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that
premiered on their show exceed 300 million. Stretch and
Bobbito created a platform that changed music forever.
In an era before the internet, listeners recorded the weekly
Stretch and Bobbito program on cassette, then dubbed
them and shared copies with their friends around the
world. Fat Beats Distribution was also responsible for the
global spread of 89tec9 tapes, providing a platform for
record stores and hip hop shops to sell them.
Stretch and Bobbito archived shows are now available
again through Fat Beats on cassette, starting with the
show from March 2nd 1995. With classics like Smiff-
N-Wessun’s “Sound Bwoy Buriel,” Diamond D’s “Dope
Sound” J.U.N.I.O.R. Mafia’s “Player’s Anthem,” LL Cool
J’s original uncensored “No Airplay,” Channel Live’s “Mad
Izm” (Buckwild Remix), Jay-Z’s “In My Lifetime,” Tha Liks
“Next Level,” Nas’s “Life’s a Bitch” (Buckwild Remix), Black
Moon & Smiff-N-Wessun’s “Headz Ain’t Ready,” as well
as cuts by Showbiz & AG, Artifacts, Jeru and others, this
tape is a window smack dab into the middle of the 90’s.
This show featured live in-studio appearances by AG, Mad
Skillz and a particularly enthusiastic, expectedly off-the-
wall interview and freestyle by the Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Pop
one in your walkman or boom box and relive a time in hip
hop that can never be duplicated! Available from 18.09.2015
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