An unseen footage of rap star Eminem recording when he was not yet famous is released in a documentary film about college DJs in the 1990’s.
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives is a documentary released in 2015 about two underground DJs in the 90’s who hosted a rap radio show out of a low-budget studio at Columbia University.
Rap then has a very limited exposure from the mainstream media and with the duo’s vast hip-hop knowledge and rap connections, the show became a hit in New York. After establishing itself on the airwaves, aspiring rap artists would guest on the show looking to make a name for themselves.
The former college DJs introduced the world to the yet unsigned Biggie Smalls, Nas, Big Pun and Wu-Tang as well as the then unknown Eminem, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and the Fugees. Eminem recalled that it was their dream to be introduced via The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show.
“Stretch and Bobbito, that was our dream. Look, we made it. This is it,” Slim Shady said in the documentary. “The fact we had a chance to be on it was crazy. It was certainly a highlight and a boost for my career and self esteem. We felt like we made it.”
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The said Eminem footage was recorded on August 20, 1998, five months before he achieved mainstream popularity with The Slim Shady LP which eventually earned him his first best rap album in the Grammy Awards.
In the said clip, Marshall Bruce Mathers or better known professionally as Eminem, asked DJ Stretch to keep the same beat before launching into a freestyle rap. An excerpt from the Lose Yourself rapper goes:
“I look at my life in a new light, f*** it give me two mics. I write songs for me, f*** what you like. You probably hear me rap half-hearted because I don’t even like rap anyway. I’m just trying to get my porn career started.”
To hear the whole rap verse from a very fresh-faced Eminem, check out the video below.
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