Connect with us

INTERVIEWS

Stretch Armstrong Breaks Down the Formula for His Original Show

Published

on

The original Stretch & Bobbito show broke some of rap’s more iconic groups including: Nas, Jay-Z, and Wu-Tang Clan to name a few. For a full history, the Radio That Changed Lives [2015] documentary is still available on Netflix. Watch it if you haven’t already.

The show will also be forever connected with skateboarding through the soundtrack and b-roll footage in Zoo York’s Mixtape [1998], which we touched on in RB Umali’s Mission Statement episode.

Stretch Armstrong is the guest on the latest episode of the Premium Pete podcast. He talks about the golden era in the ‘90s, his NPR podcast with Bobbito, and everything in between.

At the 44:52 mark, Stretch breaks down the formula that made the original Stretch & Bob show so iconic.

We hit the ground running. We had great guests from day one. But that was largely because Bob [Bobbito Garcia] was in the industry, and I was in nightclubs. Early on we would do interviews with people. Within a few weeks we realized interviewing rappers is just so boring. Back then, the best thing a rapper would do is rap. [They would] not give great interviews. Nowadays, people are smarter, and more media savvy… So we quickly threw away the whole interview blueprint.

We were also trying to differentiate our show from other shows. If someone was going to give us their time, and stay up from 1:00 to 5:00 in the morning; we needed to give them a unique experience. And interviewing a rapper was just not going to cut it.

It was getting them to give a performance that was unique, exciting, and [would] keep the listeners awake. And let them walk to school or go to work the next day with a recording of something that didn’t happen anywhere else.

Watch the full interview above. And for a sonic trip down memory lane, revisit the Mixtape soundtrack sans skate sounds below.

Image Via Remezcla

INTERVIEWS

Kelly Bird Opens Up in Latest The Nine Club Episode

Published

on

Nike SB Global Brand Manager Kelly Bird opens up about growing up in Houston, getting into skateboarding, becoming a pro, and eventually transitioning to the industry side of skateboarding.

Before he became the global brand manager of Nike SB, Kelly worked for DC Shoes and Lakai Footwear.

Continue Reading

INTERVIEWS

Catch Up with Mariah Duran in the Latest Nine Club Episode

Published

on

Pro skater Mariah Duran has always been into sports as a young kid, she revealed in the latest episode of The Nine Club.

The goofy-footed skater from Albuquerque, New Mexico got introduced to skateboarding when she was around 10. Initially, she would borrow his brother’s board, but her mom eventually bought her a board.

She was also into softball when she was younger and basketball when she was in high school. Later on, she shifted her focus to skateboarding.

Mariah won the USA Skateboarding National Championships Womens Street in 2019, and 2021. She placed 4th in the most recent competition.

She is also a two-time X Games gold medalist for Women’s Street Skateboarding.

Continue Reading

INTERVIEWS

Nyjah Huston Talks About SOTY 2022

Published

on

Nyjah Huston has only good things to say about his rivals for the 2022 SOTY.

In the ONSTIX Episode 108 streamed on Thrasher’s Twitch channel, Nyjah described the 2022 SOTY Tyshawn Jones as the “King of Pops” for “skating over anything and everything possible.”

He also said that Louie Lopez is just straight-up creative and had a good chance of getting SOTY for many years now.

He also commended TFunk’s latest video part.

Nyjah said in the interview that he watches almost every video that Thrasher posts, even those names he hadn’t heard of.

I love watching everyone’s skating because everyone skates differently and that’s what beautiful about what we do.

Nyjah huston

Tyshawn Jones eventually got the 2022 SOTY title. He is one of the three double-recipients of the title, the other two being Danny Way and Chris Cole. He earned his first SOTY in 2018.

Watch the full interview here.

Continue Reading

How To

Guides6 hours ago

Master the Mini Ramp with this Master Class Series

Do you want to further hone your mini ramp skills? This Mini Ramp Master Class Series teaches you intermediate and...

HOWTO7 months ago

How to Clean Skateboard Wheels – Simple & Easy Tips For Skaters

Are you in search of techniques to help you clear the dirt from your amazing skateboard wheels? Has your skateboard...

CULTURE7 months ago

Watch How Old Decks Transformed into Custom Benches in this Video

Watch Welcome Skate Shop staff and their friends turn old decks into custom benches in this video released by Vans...

HOWTO8 months ago

How To Install Skateboard Trucks? Step By Step Guide

Not only the riding and doing tricks on a skateboard is fun, but the installation of its part is also...

HOWTO8 months ago

How Tight or Loose Should Skateboard Trucks Be? – Beginners’ Guide

Are you having trouble deciding how tight or loose your skateboard trucks should be? Well, you’ve come to the right...

HOWTO8 months ago

How to Fix Squeaky Skateboard Trucks – Guide For Beginners

Ever experienced a weird squeaky sound coming from the trucks of your skateboard while you are riding on it? It...

HOWTO9 months ago

Top 5 Best Solvents For Cleaning Skateboard Bearings – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Skateboard bearings need proper maintenance and if neglected, this can lead to lower speed and performance while skating over time....

HOWTO9 months ago

How to Tighten and Measure Skateboard Trucks – Easy Guide

Just bought new skateboard trucks for your skateboard or want to tighten the trucks on skateboards and now in search...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Video Archive

Trending