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DJ Stretch Armstrong on Westwood 1FM Rap Show 1995

DJ Stretch Armstrong on Westwood – 1FM Rap Show SIDE A 1995

Side A is straight banger after banger. Stretch does his thing, they discuss varying topics; exchange rates, the yen, benihanas and how to record a four hour radio show on a video cassette amongst others. Even the stunted cross-atlantic mis-communications between the two of them are entertaining.

DJ Stretch Armstrong on Westwood – 1FM Rap Show SIDE B 1995

Side B is painful. Its the part of the show Tim referred to as the MIC CHECK section. Ostensibly, it was amateur night at Radio One, every week. There are MCs in the studio, and MCs on the phone-lines, and its mostly horrendous, but funny as all hell. Shouts to Andy for the tape.

DJ Stretch Armstrong Show featuring Bobbito the Barber on WKCR – 28 September 1995 [5th Anniversary show]

Stretch Armstrong Show featuring Bobbito the Barber on WKCR – 5th Anniversary Show segment –
September 28th, 1995 [Feat Kool G Rap & The Grim Reaper/ MF Grimm]

This Fat Beats distributed tape features a segment of the 5th Anniversary celebrations, this may have been heard before but I thought I’d throw this up as its a top tape; Top choice tracklisting, G Rap Freestyles, there are 2 random mixes that Stretch did himself, and ostensibly cos it just looks cool as fuck . The thin coloured card cover with the 2 authenticating super-rockin inked stamps is sick [I wonder how many they did of each of these tapes], and the upside down label on the cassette just adds to the whole thing. I think this was bought at Footwork. Nine-cinco sickness. Simple as. Big shouts to Serch and Verge over at Philaflava.

Stretch & Bobb – 28 September 1995 5th Anniversary Show LABEL SIDE:

Stretch & Bobb – 28 September 1995 5th Anniversary Show NON LABEL SIDE:


GZA – Labels [Rare remix]
L – Swift – Check Da Style
Rakim – Livin For the City
Junior Mafia – Get Money
Blahzay Blahzay – Danger [Stretch Armstrong Remix]
The Fab 5 – Leflaur Leflah
Group Home – Livin Proof
Mobb Deep – Cop Hell
D & D Project – 1, 2, Pass It [Stretch Armstrong Remix]
Mad Skillz – Nod Factor [Remix]
Stretch/ Bobb Intros
Bizmarkie – Benny & The Jets
KRS-One – Rappaz R. N. Dainja
Bad Influence – That’s The The Way Life Goes


Das EFX – Microphone Master
Redman [& Roz Noble] – I Get Down Like That
WU – Ice Cream
Kool G Rap chit-chat
MF Grimm & Kool G Rap Freestyle [over Incarcerated Scarfaces]
Kool G Rap – 456
Real Live – Real Live Shit
AZ Feat Nas – Gimme Yours
Powerule – Dawn to Dusk
Fab 5 – Blah
DJ Krush Feat themuns from The Roots – Meiso
Da Bush Babees – Brooklyn Movements
Mad Skillz Feat Large Professor & Q-Tip – Extra Abstract Skillz

DJ Stretch Armstrong Show featuring Bobbito the Barber on WKCR – 26 October 1995 [presented by DJ Roc Raida]

Aside from the sibilance of Side B compared to Side A, it’s a pretty good quality tape. I didnt edit any of it, its exactly as the original Fat Beats cassette, but there are chops in there… not guilty. There’s no Stretch in the studio and pretty much all the vinyl is dropped by Roc Raida, naturally he tore it up…

Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Feat DJ Roc Raida


AZ Feat Nas – Gimme Yours
Method Man Feat Redman – How High [Original Version]
KRS One Feat Das EFX – Represent The Real Hip Hop
Crooklyn Dodgers ’95 – Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers
Mic Geronimo – Lifecheck
WU – Ice Cream
[Bobb intros Roc Raida]…
Sadat X & Akinyele – Loud Hangover
? – Freestyle [MC on his lunch-break?]
KRS1 – Rappaz R N Danja
Show & AG – Medicine
Junior Mafia – Get Money


Non-Phixion, Serch, Sabac, Goretex and Necro et cet [Live/ Freestyles]
Rakim & Eric B – Eric B for President
Superlover Cee – Girls I Got Em Locked
Run DMC – Peter Piper
Group Home – Livin Proof [Instrumental]
Necro, Sabac, Serch, Goretex [Freestyles]
OC – Ozone
Crime Fam – Scotch On The Rocks
Biggie – Dead Wrong
Dr. Octagon – Biology 101

Stretch Armstrong Show featuring Bobbito the Barber – 2nd November 1995 [Part One]

In recognition of the significance and the influence Fat Beats had over many a baggy pant wearin consumer through the years, here’s an old Fat Beats distributed Stretch and Bobb show from late 95, originally posted on Philaflava

The first cut, the The Greatest MC demo by Jigga, is a bit of a rarity by all accounts. The rest of the tape is a mix of random mid-90s fodder, some prowlers, some howlers. Just a balanced selection of good and great tunes from then. The Young Zee brought me back to that ubiquitous black card 12″ sleeve with the shaded sick black and green type-face on the sticker in the corner, even though I never owned it. I always had a soft spot for Omniscence, even though he got dropped faster than Adrian Chiles. Redman appears with his sister Roz, who knew? Leflaur Leflah is still shit in my eyes, I cant help noddin my head to it, but I will use fast forward I cannot lie.  Stretch blesses Braggin Writes by givin it a cheeky rub and the Double XX Posse remix is a doozy.

The freestyle session is a true classic, not just KRS on his inaugural trip up to 89TEC9, but look at the line-up, and they’re rhymin over beats Finesse layed down via 2 MPCs. The beat that opens Side B is the instrumental of Lets Get It On by Marvin the G, Steinski also used the beat on his Nothing to Fear alblum. Finesses’ version excursion of Joe Tex – Papa Was Too, is SAVAGE, offical double-duty nuts

Classic show, peep below for the freestyles. Our advice, somehow transfer this mp3 onto a ferric or preferably chrome 60 minute tape [embrace the hiss], throw on yer dusted old Jansport, get yer thickest hoody, get yer old Sony Walkman out, dust off that acidic erosion shit inside, get fresh batts and walk tall

Get over to for the double truth and an accurate timeline mapping the history off all the shows courtesy of the Philaflava mobb

Biggest shouts to the one BigSleep

Side A –

Jay-Z – Greatest MC [Demo]
Ill Biskits – God Bless Ya Life
Young Zee – Milk
Fat Joe -Success [Premier Remix]
The Fab 5 – Leflaur Leflah
Kool G Rap – 456
Mobb Deep – Temperatures Rising
J-Live – Braggin Writes
Cella Dwellas – Good Dwellas
Omniscence – Amazin’
Double XX Posse – Stop That Playin [Remix]
Stretch/ Bobb/ KRS/ Finesse – Intros

Side B –

KRS One/ Lord Finesse/ Supernatural – [15 minutes of Freestyles]
GZA, U-God, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah – Investigative Reports
Q Ball & Curt Cazal – My Kinda Moves
Redman [& Roz Noble] – I Get Down Like That
Real Live – Real Live Shit
Rakim – Remember That
Mic Geronimo – Train Of Thought
Lord Finesse ft. KRS-One & O.C. – Brainstorm
Supernatural – Buddah Blessed It

KRS One/ Lord Finesse/ Supernatural over the Funky Mans’ SP Beats MP3

Boogie Down Productions – Live at the Town & Country Club, London July 13th 1989

As well as puttin you lot up on the latest greatest in Rap singers and the usual nonsense, more and more of you are contacting us requestin the rarities from the HOTASBALLS Rap radio archives, for the few that say please, i’ve culled this wee number.

It’s 4 live cuts broadcast the night after the show above by Tim Westwood on the Capital Rap Show on Capital Radio.

Still Number One
Criminal Minded
My Philosophy
P is Free [Reggae Version Excursion]

The show was at the Town and Country Club, as opposed to whatever corporate branded trench-foot ridden hole its known as today. The T&C Club was THE venue of choice during the late Eighties for Hip-Hop [and even Go-Go] outfits playing to a larger crowd than the usual pokey sweat-soaked low-ceiling spots in London town [The Trouble Funk show that was featured on the Say What! alblum on Island back in 86 is a perfect example of the raw excitement that ensued under the T&C roof].

This show, was THE best Rap performance I have ever witnessed in the flesh, without question, and i’ve seen a few in my time let me tell ye. It wasnt because I was bouncing up and down like some lanky lunatic, rhymin along with almost every other lyric with my mates, or spiritedly throwing bows down the front, but simply because KRS had already honed his skills and created a persona for himself as the number one performance Rapper at the time, and let’s face it, not many have come close to perfecting his presence or delivery on-stage since. The clarity of virtually every rhyme was as clear as crystal that night, his phonetics were unfuckwitable, that may sound standard, but think of how many shows youve been to and that hasnt been the case.

As outta-towners attending gigs in London, the inevitable radio shows that came with travelling to the mainland from Ireland were as important to document as anything else we were at. By any means we’d record the Westwood shows, or Max n Dave or Dave Pearce or even Delroy Briscoe on Sky Community Radio, whoever was playing Rap at that moment in London, I wanted to be able to hear it at home, back in sunny Belfast. One of my best mates Andy even bought a portable radio/ tape deck in NY on one trip, just to catalog the Stretch & Bobb late night sessions on WKCR. We’d get off on the trips to 4 Star General, hangin out with and after a while, snappin on George, in his Gucci loafers and shitty nylon grey socks, we”d stock up on vinyl at Groove and head to all the Hip-Hop spots of choice at the time but the radio shows were imperishable and evidently lasting, so we’d do anything to tape em.

This show was broadcast on the Friday night, the evening after the gig, that’s a pretty impressive turnaround even by todays standards. Me and my muckers were ecstatic as we tuned to 95.8, nodding our heads to the show that we were all at just the night before, but the element that has made it an even longer lasting memory was listening to it on a roof-top across the bloody road from the venue, in North London, with it’s high Irish population. Shouts to Robin and Robins brother who let us hang out on the roof hurling abuse, amongst other things, at passers-by below til the wee hours.

The same live session from the Thursday night was also used for three cuts on the LIVE HARDCORE WORLDWIDE alblum, none of the tracks I have upped today were on that release so this is probably the first time these wee numbers has surfaced from this gig.

If you want more of this kind of thing, leave comments and you never know what might appear next, by just ripping the shit and runnin, youll never know what else could be round the corner. Enjoy.