Two young MCs by the names of Lamont Coleman and Shawn Carter, better known as Big L and Jay-Z, would change the rap music game on February 23, 1995 with their appearance on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show. The New York City-based radio program was thee show for anything and everything hot in the up and coming East Coast rap scene.
One of the hardest to find moments of Stretch and Bobbito features an outstanding freestyle by the late rapper and another young spitter who would become one of the most respected figures in the hip hop industry. Until today, the elusive clip known as the “7 Minute Freestyle”, had not been available in it’s full glory at nine and a half minutes. After a listen, I can understand why many fans are calling it the greatest moment in the history of hip-hop radio. Their short, yet incendiary performance showcases an impeccable timing that even some of the best musicians cannot duplicate.
The released audio clip comes at the perfect time for publicity as AllHipHop.com dropped news that a posthumous Big L record of previously unreleased material is in the works. The late rapper’s family has signed off on the album which is scheduled to hit the web and the streets on November 23rd.
Give your ears a treat and listen courtesy of the DJ Premier fan blog.