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Bobbito Garcia AKA Kool Bob Love: Hoop Jams

60 minsRecorded 1 May 2017Next Headphone Highlights Tomorrow at 12:00am EDT
Courtesy of Bobbito Garcia

Bobbito got game: The legendary radio host, filmmaker and b-ball enthusiast picks some ankle-breaking jams to shoot jumpers in yo face to.

Much like the late great Big Pun, Bobbito Garcia AKA Kool Bob Love is not a player. But a certified pick-up artist, he is. The legendary radio host, label head, and cultural activist has dabbled in the fine art of shooting hoops for decades – be it reporting courtside from the Knicks, lending his voice to video games or performing some serious, ankle-breaking power moves on the court himself. Now he has teamed up with French videographer Kevin Couliau to create Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC, a must-see documentary depicting the pick-up street ball scene of New York City. Together they’ve visited no less than 180 (out of allegedly 700+) courts of Gotham, catching up with the elder statesmen and future legends of a buzzing basketball community that has little in common with the shenanigans of today’s professional sport circuit. For his Headphone Highlights, Bobbito reveals his personal selection of jams that keep him running up and down the blacktop. Whoop. There It Is.

The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show was the best hip-hop radio show of all time, period. Broadcasting out of Columbia University’s WKCR every Thursday night from 1am to 5am, between 1990 and 1998 Adrian ‘Stretch Armstrong’ Bartos and Robert ’Bobbito’ Garcia launched the careers of countless East Coast MCs, including Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Big Pun, and Busta Rhymes, to name but a few. The show was the epitome of ‘90s New York rap, the backbone of an industry, and it still ranks as one of the greatest documents of that era. Kool Bob Love’s reputation goes beyond radio-fame, though: He also served as the grey eminence behind the underground rap powerhouse Fondle ’Em, which propelled MCs like MF DOOM and the Arsonists into the limelight; shares supreme b-ball knowledge via ESPN/ESPNU or the seminal NYC court documentary Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC he co-produced alongside Kevin Couliau; and runs a vinyl-only imprint, Álala Records.


Interview by Julian Brimmers
Produced and engineered by Denis Hürter

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