Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Mix - Mixed by DJ Act Like You Know

You come to this blog to hear Highly Recommended mixes like this one that will get shine nowhere else (first).  Description and tracklist of mix after the jump.

Basically, I'm a child of 90's hip-hop. I always have been and always will be. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of dope hip-hop on the market today (mainstream and underground), but to me, the eight-year period spanning from 1990 - 1998 was a hip-hop Renaissance that will probably never be duplicated. And DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia (AKA Cool Bob Love, AKA DJ Cucumber Slice, AKA the ten thousand other nicknames this dude has) were probably two of the most influential people in the game at that time. I'm not gonna go into a long history regarding their show on WKCR, but from 1990 - 1998, during the hours of 1-5 AM every Thursday night / Friday morning, these two, for lack of a better term, "smashed the airwaves" of the New York metropolitan area. Their show was responsible for launching the careers of Nas, Mobb Deep, Big L, Jay-Z, Big Pun, Fat Joe, The Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest, The Beatnuts, Black Moon, Redman, The Wu-Tang Clan, and the list goes on and on. Since I was too young during the show's heyday, I've had to feed my addiction for this show by scouring the internets for uploaded tapes from listeners from back in the day. What I did with this mix was try to showcase some of the joints that were spun on their show beginning in 1990 and ending in 1998. I compiled all the tracks to make it seem like you're listening to an actual taping of the show. All of these tracks were played on WKCR at least once (some more than others). I even threw in some of my favorite freestyles and exclusives, which were taken directly from old cassettes. I've got a ton of these old recordings, and it was really difficult to decide what to include/exclude, but hopefully, you'll get a sense of their legendary show and the evolution of classic hip-hop over a legendary eight-year period. Also, shout out to the good peoples at for supplying me and the rest of the Stretch & Bob fiends with hundreds of old tapes. Turn that shit up....

Note: I let some of the freestyles run for an extended period since some of them are just too legendary to cut short.

1. Intro from WKCR
2. Main Source - Live at the Barbecue (Feat. Nas, Akinyele, & Joe Fatal)
3. A Tribe Called Quest - Spirits
4. Lord Finesse - The Funky Technician
5. Showbiz & A.G. - Party Groove (Instrumental)
6. Showbiz & A.G. - Soul Clap
7. A Tribe Called Quest - Footprints
8. Masta Ace - Jeep Ass Niguh (Bizcappella)
9. Gang Starr - B.Y.S.
10. Dr. Dre - Puffin on Blunts and Drinkin Tanqueray (Feat. Daz, Kurupt, & Rage)
11. Akinyele - The Bomb
12. Wu-Tang Clan - 7th Chamber (Original Demo Version)
13. Hurricane G - Milky (WKCR Exclusive Demo)
14. Company Flow - Juvenile Techniques
15. The Beatnuts - Reign of the Tech
16. Kool G Rap - F@#$ U Man
17. Pete Rock and CL Smooth - One in a Million
18. Kurious Jorge - Walk Like a Duck
19. Nas - WKCR Freestyle (10.28.93) (PRE-ILLMATIC)
20. A Tribe Called Quest - Mr. Incognito
21. The Notorious B.I.G. - Dreams
22. Jeru Tha Damaja - Come Clean
23. Outkast - Southernplayalisticadilacmuzik (Diamond D Remix)
24. Artifacts - Flexi Wit Da Tech (Nique)
25. The 45 King - Brainstorm (Feat. Latee)
26. Group Home - Supa Star (Instrumental)
27. LL Cool J - No Airplay (Dirty Promo Version)
28. Das Efx - Microphone Master (41st Side Remix) (Feat. Mobb Deep)
29. Redman - How U Get Down?
30. Lord Finesse, KRS-One - WKCR Freestyle (11.02.95)
31. The Fab Five - Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshkah
32. Smif-N-Wessun - Bucktown
33. Raekwon - Incarcerated Scarfaces
34. Big L - Put It On (LG Remix)
35. Jigmastas - Beyond Real
36. Big L, Bloodshed, Ma$e (yeah, the same Ma$e who made this) - WKCR Freestyle (04.18.96)
37. Natural Elements - Shine
38. Large Professor - Ijusswannachill
39. O.C. - What I Represent
40. Big Noyd - Usual Suspects (Stretch Armstrong Remix)
41. Mobb Deep - Street Life (Feat. LES & ACD)
42. CNN (Capone-N-Norega) - LA, LA (Kuwait Mix) (Feat. Mobb Deep)
43. Juggaknots - Clear Blue Skies
44. DITC - Dignified Soldiers
45. Slum Village - Players (Instrumental)
46. Eminem & Royce da 5'9' (Bad Meets Evil) - Scary Movies
47. Eminem & Royce da 5'9' (Bad Meets Evil) - WKCR Freestyle (08.20.1998)
48. Outro (DJ Spinna Instrumental)


p76 said...

keep 'em comming! dope shit man!

Anonymous said...

Well this looks like total heat. Props to Pipo and DJ ALYK for this one.

Anonymous said...

great stuff- thanks

convert flv to mp4 free said...

DJ ActLike You Know is the best! He can make literally anything sound gorgeous. I really adore him and this track in particular, thanks for sharing!