Stretch & Bobbito premiere “Radio That Changed Lives” in the Burgh
“Rap is not hip hop. Rap is a style of music commonly associated with hip hop, but that is not its only characteristic. Hip hop is a way of life,” legendary rapper/producer, KRS-One, once said. “Rap is something you do. Hip Hop is something you live.”
“Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives”–a film directed by culture icon Bobbito Garcia–sets out to elaborate on this mantra.
Off the top of your head: Think of the biggest rappers and hip hop artists in history. Names that come to mind might include: 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Wu Tang Clan, and a handful of others. We know them by their talents as well as their success. But they all had to start somewhere…
Some of them got a head start with a plug from two respected radio hosts, who shared their music on-the-air and paved the way in reaching a wider range of hip hop heads across the map.
On the cusp of the 90s hip hop era, two New Yorkers jumped on the airwaves to host a well-received segment sharing music from all over. Dubbed “Stretch and Bobbito,” the program was founded by the critically acclaimed author, sports reporter and film director, Bobbito Garcia, along with world renowned DJ-producer, Adrian Bartos (a.k.a. Stretch Armstrong).
Stretch and Bobbito fully embraced the great insurgence of hip hop artists while hosting their shows. They shared up-and-coming artists to the rest of the world when they were just unsigned musicians writing songs on topics they were passionate about.
Those unsigned artists went on to become some of the biggest names in the rap game–from Wu Tang Clan to Jay-Z, and from Nas to Eminem. Just to put things in perspective, the total combined record sales of every artist they premiered have reached over 300 million.
The duo’s extensive film features interviews with legendary artists like: Fat Joe, Jay-Z, Common, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan, Eminem, B-Real of Cypress Hill, and even the hosts, themselves.
Thanks to local organizers, Pittsburghers have a chance to catch a private glimpse of “Radio That Changed Lives” in addition to meeting its creators.
On Saturday, February 13 at 7PM, an exclusive screening will premiere at Row House Cinema, followed by a Q&A and meet-and-greet with Stretch and Bobbito. Tickets for the screening/Q&A ($12) are currently up for grabs online.
The fun will continue after the screening, as Lawrenceville’s Round Corner Cantina gears up to host the ultimate afterparty at 9PM.
This not-to-miss affair (21+) will include a rare DJ-duo appearance by Stretch and Bobbito as part of the RCC’s Classical Material: Sound Corner Series.
A few of the ‘Burgh’s own will be joining the evening’s entertainment roster, including: SMI, Selecta, Big Phill, DJ Nugget, Edgar Um, Bamboo, and Austrian Crossbow. You can grab $17 presales–which include the screening, Q&A + entry to the party–on Row House Cinema’s website.
Check out the trailer for the film below; then be sure to catch the screening and afterparty on premiere day.