Podcast: What’s Good With Stretch & Bobbito – Episode 10 (José Parlá)
The Brooklyn-based Artist Speaks On Graffiti, Cuba, and More With the Legendary DJ Duo
Springing out of New York’s hip-hop culture in the early ’90s, DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia approach their interviews with deep attentiveness and engaging wit. In the latest episode of What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito, the duo’s new NPR podcast, the two DJs sit down with José Parlá, a Miami-born and Brooklyn-based artist who blurs lines between painting and photography, crafting works influenced by street art and the immigrant experience. Speaking with Parlá in a concise and revealing interview, the three personalities discuss taking graffiti seriously as an artform, Cuba, and the joy of digging up old music. With this interview, Stretch & Bobbito continue their unique series of interviews, which comment on the intersections between art, politics, culture, and race with candor, intelligence, and wit.
As hosts of a cultishly beloved college radio show from 1990 to 1998, they helped buoy the careers of artists such as Jay-Z, Wu-Tan Clan, Nas, Notorious B.I.G, and many more. The radio show was the subject of the Netflix original documentary Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, directed by Bobbito himself. With “What’s Good,” hosted by NPR, Stretch and Bobbito will bring their signature wit and empathetic interview questions to brand new conversations with cultural movers and shakers in art, music, politics, and sports. Previous guests have included Stevie Wonder, Chance The Rapper, Run The Jewels, Mahershala Ali, Vice TV’s Eddie Huang, actress/director Regina King, activist Linda Sarsour and Dave Chappelle, and upcoming episodes will feature even more incredible guests from the world of music, film, politics, and more. Last month, Stretch and Bobbito hosted a Reddit AMA, where they discussed their favorite emcees, the history of their classic radio show, their role as announcers for the classic video game NBA Street Vol. 2, and much more. Stretch & Bobbito recently made their first stop in a three-city podcast tour in Brooklyn with artist and designer Eric Haze and actress/activist Rosie Perez.
Catch Stretch & Bobbito live this Friday as they interview Michelin-starred chef José Andrés at NPR’s Studio One, and again next week as they interview tattoo artist Mister Cartoon in Los Angeles.
9/22 @ DC: Michelin-starred Chef José Andrés
9/27 @ LA: World-renowned tattoo artist Mister Cartoon
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