Peace! Stretch and Bobbito here, 25 years after our first WKCR broadcast. We’re amped to share the history of our landmark show in a feature length documentary titled STRETCH AND BOBBITO: RADIO THAT CHANGED LIVES (www.stretchandbobbito.com). The film, produced by Omar Acosta, was co-produced by us with Kool Bob Love directing and Stretchy music supervising. A classic combo, yo!
During the 1990s, we introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, Fat Joe, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on our show exceed 300 million. Our film is a story of how we—two quirky friends who were real nerds—became unlikely hip hop legends by engaging our listeners and breaking the biggest rap artists ever.
This is the second film Bob has directed. His first, DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC (www.doinitinthepark.com), had a successful Kickstarter campaign and went on to premiere on PBS television nationally, screen in six continents, and win the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2012 Urbanworld Film Festival.
STRETCH AND BOBBITO was produced independently, and with your involvement, we plan on releasing the film in theaters/digitally worldwide on the Do-It-Yourself tip as well! Whatever funds you contribute will help towards:
-Archive music/photo/footage license fees
-Translations for subtitled versions
-Costs to create/market/promote/advertise our own theatrical bookings
-DVD mastering/manufacturing costs
-Original score soundtrack vinyl release
We have some great rewards to offer!
Here's what some important audience members have said about our film:
“UNBELIEVABLE! Can’t wait to see the film a second time, loved it that much!”
Jon Hock, nine-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker
“The film changed my whole outlook on what hip hop is!”
Scarface, rap artist
“Is as hip hop and warm a film I’ve ever seen . . . feels like what we most love about the culture.”
Peter Rosenberg, Hot 97 radio personality
“ . . . an epic window into a cultural time now long gone over to commercialism . . . made me emotional.”
Eric HAZE, legendary Graffiti Writer/Graphic Designer
“Footage is LEGENDARY!!!”
Jonathan Mannion, Photographer
“This documentary is absolutely insane and beautiful!!!”
José Parlá, Artist/Painter
“Brought me back to a time when I really LOVED hip hop, and that was a good feeling.”
Sarah Honda, Complex Media Brand Director
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge right now is to ensure that our film reaches as many deserving viewers as possible on every platform imaginable from theaters, to festivals, to television, to digital download/stream/rentals, to Video On Demand, to DVDs, to original score soundtrack, to merchandise (posters/t-shirts/cassettes) and whatever else we might be forgetting!
In 1998, the Source Magazine voted us “The Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All Time.” What we created in that era can’t ever be replicated, however we have found a way to share those special times with potential audiences in the form of a narrative that explores our history as radio personalities/DJs, the stories of the unknown artists who we helped catapult to fame, and just as importantly the fond memories of our loyal, and sometimes wacky, listeners.
This history needs to be shared. Let's make it happen!
We hope that you all have the opportunity to see our film very soon :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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