Stretch Armstrong

Stretch Armstrong

Real Name:
Adrian Bartos
Profile:
Internationally renowned deejay/producer/overall music impresario Stretch Armstrong has enjoyed a nearly two-decade career that has remained as diverse, eclectic and inspired as his home city. As a native New Yorker who grew up on the edge of Spanish Harlem, he began absorbing all of the underground sounds of the city - from early hip-hop to freestyle, disco, reggae and everything else - straight from his home streets at a very early age. Having begun his interaction with rhythm as a drummer at the age of five, he purchased his first record ("Rapper's Delight") in Fifth Grade, thus beginning a lifelong affair with the 12" format. A love for both house music and New York's weekend hip-hop mix shows led him to begin deejaying during his high school years. Throwing his own, popular parties quickly moved him into New York's club underground in 1988, where he became a fast staple at legendary venues like Big Haus, MK, Love Transporter Room and Mars.

While already an established figure in the underground dance circuit, Stretch's true bridge to international notoriety came in 1990 via a humble college radio show that he began on WKCR 89.9 FM while attending Columbia University. The then-stale state of hip-hop radio led him to develop his own twist on the mix shows he was weaned on. Anchored by the voice and shared humor of friend Bobbito Garcia, The Stretch Armstrong Show w/ Bobbito The Barber quickly became the cornerstone for the burgeoning world of hip-hop. Named the “Best Hip-Hop Show of All Time” by The Source magazine, the show had both a dedicated listener fan base and a fervent distribution of home-taped bootlegs around the world. The diverse range of guests featured nearly everyone of consequence in the hip-hop industry, with Stretch and Bobbito taking directly instrumental roles in establishing the careers of Redman, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan (and, specifically, Ol' Dirty Bastard, who was a "regular"), Busta Rhymes, Large Professor, Big L, Fat Joe and Big Pun (to name a few). In addition to the WKCR show, the duo hosted an additional show for self-proclaimed "Home of Hip-Hop", HOT 97, which they maintained for five years. Stretch and Bobbito continued in this vein through 1998, when the duo split up. Besides maintaining these shows and a growing schedule of international appearances, Stretch worked as an A&R for Big Beat/Atlantic (1990-93), Loud (1993-95), brought Mobb Deep to the public, produced Lil Kim's first hit with Jay-Z, and made multiple television appearances (including Conan O'Brian and Vibe TV with Arsenio Hall and Spinbad) before a larger deal with Sony in 1996 saw him spend three years developing artists for his Spit imprint. Through his affiliation with Game Recordings, his voice was featured as one of the radio personalities on Game Radio, one of the fictitious stations featured in the popular Grand Theft Auto III video game.

By 1995, Stretch started feeling the negative effects of having been pulled too far into the hip-hop realm and set about proactively revitalizing his creative drive. Having become completely divorced from dance music as well as bored with the monotony and segregation of the club scene at the time, his desire to do something new and challenging grew. He began simply by cutting up rock records and executing creative and clever live remixes long before "mash up" was ever an official craze, and moved onto creating hugely popular parties where he played whatever he wanted, no matter how off the wall or ridiculous. And as he reinvested energy into the emerging new club sound (a mutated blend of indie rock / dance / electro) after departing from the radio, his career came full-circle to encompass a more holistic balance of his musical tastes.

While both the milieu and his focus has changed drastically since his early days, Stretch listens to, works with, creates and loves music with the same brain and ears that drew him to hip-hop in the eighties, and remains focused on evoking passionate responses from his live audiences. He plays a continually evolving, eclectic mix of club music, favoring the sounds that are most whimsical and violating of traditional genre boundaries to club goers both here and abroad.

In 2006, Stretch partnered up with dance-rock-electro luminary Dominique Keegan in his famed Plant Music label, where they are preparing several international releases from the likes of Kasper Bjorke, The Glass, Eli Escobar, Kap10Kurt and Jesse Tittsworth, amongst others.
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Stretch Armstrong Discography

Albums

none DJ Stretch Armstrong* presents Dirt Nasty DJ Stretch Armstrong* presents Dirt Nasty - The White Album (Album) Shoot To Kill Music none US 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RWK 107-1 Stretch Armstrong Hip-Hop Remixes(12") Rawkus RWK 107-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
SA - 3069 Stretch Armstrong Sooflay Of Funk '96(12") Not On Label SA - 3069 US 1996 Sell This Version
SVS001 Shady* vs. Stretch* Shady* vs. Stretch* - Shady vs. Stretch Shady Vs. Stretch SVS001 US 1999 Sell This Version
HARLP-0010 The Diaz Brothers (Doowop&Tony Touch)* / DJ Stretch Armstrong* feat. Pretty Ugly, Littles, Sha Lumi, Tragedy Khadafi The Diaz Brothers (Doowop&Tony Touch)* / DJ Stretch Armstrong* feat. Pretty Ugly, Littles, Sha Lumi, Tragedy Khadafi - Get Yo Shit Straight (Firstklas Remix) / Ape' Somethin' (Muro Remix)(12") Harlem Recordings (2) HARLP-0010 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
MT-1096 DJ EV / Stretch Armstrong DJ EV / Stretch Armstrong - Back To Back Vol. 1(12", Promo, Mixed) Not On Label MT-1096 Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

none, LSR 1601 Stretch Armstrong Spit (Comp) Spit Inc., Landspeed Records none, LSR 1601 US 2001 Sell This Version
none Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito - Stretch Armstrong Show Hosted By Bobbito - 89.9 FM New York 11/11/93(2xCDr, Comp) Not On Label none US 2007 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

none Stretch* & Bobbito Stretch* & Bobbito - Stretch & Bobbito 89,9 WKCR 08-10-1995(Cass, Mixed) Fat Beats none US 1995 Sell This Version
none Puff Daddy & Stretch Armstrong Puff Daddy & Stretch Armstrong - Bad Boy III(Cass, Mixed) Passe Passe none France 1996 Sell This Version
none DJ EV & Stretch Armstrong DJ EV & Stretch Armstrong - Back 2 Back(Cass, Mixed) Fat Beats none US 1996 Sell This Version
DOL 9901-4 Stretch Armstrong Lesson 1 Dolo Records DOL 9901-4 US 1997 Sell This Version
none Stretch Armstrong featuring Bobbito Stretch Armstrong featuring Bobbito - The Stretch Armstrong Show 7-4-96(Cass, Mixed) Fat Beats none US 1997 Sell This Version
none Stretch Armstrong Featuring Bobbito The Barber* Stretch Armstrong Featuring Bobbito The Barber* - The Stretch Armstrong Show - May, 01 1997(Cass, Mixed) Fat Beats none US 1997 Sell This Version
DOL 9902-2 Stretch Armstrong Lesson 2 Dolo Records DOL 9902-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
none DJ Whoo Kid -N- DJ Stretch Armstrong* DJ Whoo Kid -N- DJ Stretch Armstrong* - Murda Mixtape Pt. 4 Tape Kingz none US 2000 Sell This Version
none DJ Whoo Kid & Stretch Armstrong DJ Whoo Kid & Stretch Armstrong - Murda Mixtape Pt. 3(CD, Mixed) Tape Kingz none US 2000 Sell This Version
none DJ Whoo Kid & DJ Stretch Armstrong* DJ Whoo Kid & DJ Stretch Armstrong* - Murda Mixtape Pt. 5(CD, Mixed) Tape Kingz none US 2000 Sell This Version
none DJ Whoo Kid & Stretch Armstrong DJ Whoo Kid & Stretch Armstrong - Unbreakable - Dirty Money 2001(Cass, Mixed) Tape Kingz none US 2001 Sell This Version
none Stretch Armstrong T5 Soul Sessions Six(CD, Mixed, Promo) Triple Five Soul none US 2007 Sell This Version
89 TEC9 Stretch* And Bobbito Stretch* And Bobbito - Radio That Changed Lives - 3/24/94(Cass, Mixed) Fat Beats 89 TEC9 US 2015 Sell This Version
89 TEC9 Stretch* And Bobbito Stretch* And Bobbito - Radio That Changed Lives - 03/02/95(Cass, Mixed) Fat Beats 89 TEC9 US 2015 Sell This Version
none Stretch Armstrong Drugs Not On Label (Stretch Armstrong) none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Stretch Armstrong, Awesome Two* Stretch Armstrong, Awesome Two* - Live NYC Rap Radio Shows(2xCass, Mixed) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito - 10.28.93 _ 89.9 FM(2xCDr, Mixed) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version

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