Apollo Brown & Skyzoo Pay Homage To Radio Legends On “Stretch & Bob”

JLBarrow • November 18, 2016 • No Comments


Originally published on WatchLOUD.com.

On Friday September 30th Apollo Brown and Skyzoo released their long awaited collaborative project The Easy Truth. After connecting on previous songs like “Neva Eva” and “Things I Should’ve Told My Friends” they’re serving up fifteen cuts which push the boundaries of what fans of both have become accustomed to. One stand-out is the imaginative “On The Stretch & Bob Show,” which pays homage to the classic hip-hop radio show founded by DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia that began on Columbia University’s WKCR in 1990, and is the subject of the documentary “Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives.”

“I grew up on Stretch and Bob, but I was really young during the Columbia (University) days,” says Skyzoo, a Brooklyn native.  “Once Stretch got to Hot 97 I was maybe in high school so I every Sunday night that was the focus. You gotta stay up late for that, you can’t fall asleep. It was that kind of thing. Then I recently saw the documentary and it was ridiculous. I went to a screening here in New York and at the end of it I said I wished I was old enough in that era, in 92-93 when it was happening. But I said hey, we do have technology. Maybe we can cut and splice this a little bit.”

Once he explained the idea to Apollo Brown, the Detroit producer went digging for a classic break beat that would emulate the now vintage freestyles on the show from hip-hop’s luminaries in their neophyte days. 

“He just spit over the break and then I went through probably twenty or twenty five hours of the Stretch and Bob show audio to make a 3-minute song,” Apollo reveals. “I went crazy going through the tapes, but I learned  a lot. Not being from New York I knew about them but I didn’t get to listen when it came out. I wish I lived in New York at that time.”

One of the frisbees we caught in the 4-minute blitzkrieg was a boast that he was “Charles Lee Ray on the break,” a nod to the villain in the Child’s Play horror movie who possessed a doll to exact murderous revenge.

“It’s a weird little thing but them Chucky lines is some of my favorite lines,” Skyzoo says with a smile. “A lot of people don’t know that my biggest fear in life was Chucky. He scared the life out of me for three years. I saw it when I was six and I was done. I had the black “My Buddy” doll I beat the My Buddy up, stabbing him with a pen. My father was like ‘What are you doing?’  Chucky ruined my life for three years.”

Thankfully it didn’t deter him from a career in entertainment and we’ve got more great music to look forward to. Peep the full video above.

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