As part of their “Get Weird” monthly music series the New Museum in New York City is playing host to a discussion with legendary radio personalities and disc jockeys DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia. In a discussion moderated by our own Sacha Jenkins, the dynamic duo of college radio will take us 20 years into the past to talk about music, culture, politics and New York City as they experienced it on the much-lauded underground radio program “The Stretch Armstrong Show hosted by Bobbito.” Their influential show didn’t just introduce the world to megastars like Wu -Tang Clan, Biggie and Jay-Z, it also laid the foundation for today’s weird new New York scene by creating a forum for artists like Mobb Deep, Company Flow and MF DOOM. The event takes place at the New Museum on Feb. 22 at 7 P.M.
From the New Museum:
Widely regarded as the best hip hop radio program of all time, the Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show broadcast from Columbia University every Thursday night from 1990–1998. Cohosts Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia operated one of the few independent, noncommercial forums for hip hop in the ’90s, a position that allowed them to explore the furthest creative, political, and controversial reaches of rap music. By featuring exclusive demo tapes and in-studio freestyles from unsigned artists, the show introduced countless MCs to the world, including Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., and the Wu-Tang Clan. Home-recorded tapes of the Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show have circulated internationally for decades, celebrated as much for their humor and attitude as for their incredible selection and mixing. Today, contemporary websites offer exhaustive catalogues of these historic programs, reiterating their continued relevance.
In conjunction with the exhibition “NYC 1993,” Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia will discuss New York City circa 1993 through the lens of rap music. Events like the election of Rudolph Giuliani and the World Trade Center bombing changed the city’s landscape, as debut releases by the Wu-Tang Clan and Black Moon established a new tone for New York rap. With unfiltered access to these artists and their concerns, the Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show provided unique documentation of New York in the 1990s, compiling a history of ideas and gestures that continue to inform today’s artists.
“NYC 1993: An Evening with Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia”
Feb. 22 at 7 P.M.
New York, NY 10002