In the age before streaming, people discovered music in entirely different ways—if you were a hip-hop lover in the ’90s, you might remember finding the freshest new rappers thanks to college DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia.
Way back when, Adrian Bartos, aka Stretch Armstrong, and Robert “Bobbito” Garcia were cohosts of a 1-5 a.m. Friday morning show on Columbia University’s campus radio station, WKCR. Together, they exposed the campus—and the world—to a wave of then-unsigned hip-hop and rap talents such as Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, Big Pun, JAY Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. Though the show ended in ’98, Stretch and Bob never lost their enthusiasm for introducing the people to the unique insights and talents of diverse artists.
Now, more than 15 years later, they’re back—now with a new NPR podcast, What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito—available for streaming on Spotify. In the two-season (so far!) series, the hosts share untold stories and uncovered truths with their influential guests—from Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour to Fresh Off the Boat writer Eddie Huang, to the Roots’ front manBlack Thoughts (Tariq Trotter), to Guatemalan singer-songwriter GabyMoreno. These cultural influencers talk art, music, politics, sports and, more generally, what’s good!
Stretch and Bobbito conduct plenty of interviews themselves—so we sat down with the duo for an exclusive video on their own untold stories.
The first two seasons of What’s Good with Stretch and Bobbito are now available to stream on Spotify.