6/25/08

Who Has Cassettes?

In reading some of the comments, a number of you allude to the fact that you possess cassettes of recordings of my radio shows. I'll say it again- part of the incentive behind creating this blog in the first place was to try to find some of the more loyal original listeners from as far back as 1990 and get my hands on shows I am missing. Thus far I have been unable to find anyone who has tapes before '93. So again, if you know of anyone that has any KCR shows on tape,even a few, reach out to me. Even if you have ones from after '93, I would be interested in hearing what you have. There are some rather large gaps in my archive. In many instances, I have the freestyle sessions but not the entire shows. Just off the top of my head, I don't have the show the 1st time Ultra came up; or the show when Large Professor and Percee-P (as well as one of his many cousins) rhymed over Joe Tex "Papa Was Too". That was the time when Extra-P spit his verse from "Live at the Barbecue" and the whole time, live on air, he was sitting down reading them off a piece of paper. See, he JUST WROTE THEM at the studio. Which reminds me- video footage of this show just turned up including Extra-P and Percee rhyming. So ill. Another show that I had on DAT but can't find now is the legendary night that my man Lord Finesse and KRS-ONE (who bizarrely acted like he didn't know me the last time I saw him) were rhyming over beats being played from Finesse's SP-1200 plugged straight into the station's console. Sadly, I do not have a copy of the only appearance Biggie ever made at KCR. For those who remember that show, his demo was pitted against another demo by a group called The Bronx Zoo for the very short-lived demo battle segment (Bobbito's creation). The Bronx Zoo won, Biggie was upset, and Bobbito and I got to see all of our boys thanked prominently on the back of "Ready To Die". Now this kind of thing usually doesn't mean that much to me, but it would have been nice to get props on such a monumental piece of hip-hop history. Which reminds me, to date, Q-Tip still says Bob and I were contacted to be on the cover of "Midnight Marauders" but that call was never made homeboy. Again, that would have been nice, and appropriate, because Bobbito and I truly were the midnight marauders. Out of the thousands of hours we put in, very few took place before midnight.

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30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought you and Bob were supposed to be on the cover of Midnight Marauders because of the hook in Electric Relaxation...

"Relax yourself girl Bob's got no hair"

No?!?!

Anonymous said...

Strech:

I got a couple of joints back when Bobbito was calling you Skinny Bones.

Also, I got the show with Biggie. You played me and man's demo that night.

When I get a chance, I'll digitize the tape and email it.

DJ Reese

Anonymous said...

lol! Did anybody ever figure out what he was really saying in the chorus of electric relaxation!? Hip hop's biggest unsolved mystery!!

STRETCH ARMSTRONG said...

DJ Reese, please email me.

Anonymous said...

Reese, can you e-mail me any shows you end up digitizing. My e-mail is Jeremy@bouncemag.com. I'd really appreciate it, as I'm trying to get my hands on/listen to anything from the era...Dead up though, am not a huge fan of Biggie.

Hey Stretch!

Good to see you back man. After a couple months of searching, I was able to uncover (all in part to more seasoned sample diggers) the loop sample you used on the Nas Freestyle that's had the net buggin' for a while. You know, the one where 6-9 does his Will "Rock A Bye Homeboy" Tribute. "Rain Every Thursday" by Bobby Hutcherson--beautiful job my man.

On a completely unrelated note, Godfather Don is among my favorite MC's. I've recently read a few interviews, all which have him mentioning how he'd just hand out tapes to cats in his 'hood, wouldn't bother to back them up, and now obviously doesn't have them! I can't even imagine how much dope stuff of his is lost forever.

Thanks-

Jeremy Ripley

matt said...

that's funny about how krs acted as if he didn't know you...i remember you talkin smack about him on Bob's last show..."a real mc....a real dj....."...yeah right whatever ...preciate all the goods Stretch...peace

DJ MIKE NICE said...

RELAX YOURSELF GIRL PLEASE SETTLE DOWN

ELYESKOBAR said...

i sent you an mp3 of that krs-lord finesse show dude!

DJ KRXL said...

Its "relax yourself girl please settle down." Thats what the hook was for Electric Relaxation.

Anonymous said...

I don't know bro... "please settle down" is not what I'm hearing... to me it sounds more like "relax yourself girl, let yourself clear"

johnny said...

now, now stretch. you know you've taken a few shots at krs. maybe dude just doesnt like you anymore because of it or something.

Dirty Waters said...

Stretch please post that KRS Lord Finesse Eli sent you fam! I'd pay for a rip of that!

I sent a rip of a show from April 1994 if interested, its about 120 minutes no pauses...

madnice said...

what up with the mister magic disco showcase?

Boogie Man said...

I always thought it was "Relax Yourself To Our Preset Plan"


Stretch,
Is the KRS and Finesse rhyme over the Marvin Gaye Lets Get It On instl. circa '96 ?

josh said...

qtip said once in an interview on WQHT-T-T-T-T that it was "please settle down".

marshall said...

yo fam,thanks keeping the culture alive w/the classic mixtape and live club posts...i learned how to dj from the kid capri mixtape era...clark was and still is my man...good looks bro,im zoning out rite now...good looks.

Anonymous said...

yo fam,thanks keeping the culture alive w/the classic mixtape and live club posts...i learned how to dj from the kid capri mixtape era...clark was and still is my man...good looks bro,im zoning out rite now...good looks.

Boogie Man said...

Relax yourself to our preset plan...

I think that's what Tip says.

Anonymous said...

considering i was only 3 years old when this show started i never had a chance to listen to it live. i heard some live clips off of big L's CD, then eventually found this blog. i listen to these shows religiously so send your shows in people!! this show needs more exposure as alot of people who arent from NY probably dont know about stretch.

on a side note i think DJ stretch is probably the best dj ive heard. always has a good baseline and doesn't over do it on the drums.
peace

Brik Mason said...

word. Yerahhhhhh

STRETCH ARMSTRONG said...

Yes, KRS and Finesse rhymed over a crazy crackly sample of Marvin Gaye "Let's Get It On." It came off of Finesse's SP-1200, skillfully chopped up into a 2-bar instrumental.

(thee) Mike B said...

"Preset plan"... that what i always heard too.

Anonymous said...

Ayo stretch found you! saw you and your lady on a night last week and DAMN son. You got it like that?!? yous one lucky nigga yo

lonecatalyst said...

call me crazy but i always thought i heard "relax yourself world peace at plan" on electric relaxation..

=lc=

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna piss on you! I'm going to piss on you!! ha! yo man what's good with a gg allin post?

Antuan said...

Yo...some people just wanna be shouted out! What's with a lil thanks for this and that? Yeah yeah...this is the kid who sent you the ARSENIO VHS joint? No shouts.... nothing. I got mega tapes kid! Lemme get a shout out! Plus the other kids who send in what ever...I can do some serious goldmining if I can get a shout! Peace kid! Honolulu

Neoteric said...

the hook to electric relaxation has been heavily written about

its relax yourself girl, please settle down, and thats an Extra P sample!

Anonymous said...

My shit was when Kool G Rap came p and played a new joint. Can't recall the name. It was something like, "Don't Bother Me When I'm Smackin My Bitch" Shit was HARDCORE!!!! Who has it?

Cro said...

the G Rap tune your talking about is Hey Mr Mr produced by T-Ray, white label only 12"

Anonymous said...

I have your "Bad Boy 3" hosted by Puff Daddy !!
Daaaam i miss theses old dayz...

Francesco from Paris.