Bobbito Garcia is a radio host, filmmaker and basketball enthusiast whose voice and passion guided an entire generation. As one half of The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show, broadcasted out of Columbia University’s WKCR weekly between 1990 and 1998, Bobbito helped to launch the careers of hip-hop legends like Nas, the Notorious BIG, Jay Z and Big Pun. But while the man also known as Kool Bob Love is often remembered for his contributions to hip-hop culture, his reputation goes beyond: He has also served eminently behind the scenes, via his vinyl-only imprint Álala Records, as a b-ball pro for ESPN, and most recently as a documentary maker and producer.
On the couch of the Red Bull Music Academy Session in Plovdiv, the indefatigable New Yorker retraces a life of hoop dreams, music discoveries and new learnings.
4:13 - Elenita Ruiz Con Conjunto – “Ya Nada Me Importa” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NkcO0jQMPI
28:24 - Biggie Smalls demo tape, The Stretch & Bobbito Show, 1991 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ewcu9qkyjU
45:29 - Big L and Jay-Z freestyle, The Stretch & Bobbito Show, 1995 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYfKMIdoJL0
7:32 - Latin jazz upbringing
17:20 - Basketball
20:01 - Def Jam
22:47 - The Stretch & Bobbito Show
38:28 - Rock Steady Crew
46:22 - Big L and Jay-Z
52:29 - Eddie Palmieri
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