On Friday, July 6 the MATATU Music and Film series continue with NYC native and world-renowned DJ Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love. The longtime MATATU collaborator returns to Oakland for the California premiere of his new feature film Rock Rubber 45s! Bobbito and Nina Sol(constellations/elements) play an all-vinyl dance party following the film.
Co-presented by FUSICOLOGY & Red Bay Coffee!
ROCK RUBBER 45s explores the impact of the global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyles through the lens of NYC culture orchestrator, Bobbito García. The film highlights the challenges of García’s childhood and his ascension through self-determination to becoming an internationally recognized freelance creative.
NYC native Bobbito García is a freelance creative who has put an indelible footprint on multiple urban movements.
During the 1990s, the legendary air personality was one-half of the “Stretch and Bobbito” program on WKCR. The duo introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, and Wu-Tang, as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their platform exceed 300 million. In 1998, the Source Magazine voted them as “The Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All Time.”
As the progenitor of sneaker journalism, García penned his landmark Source article “Confessions of a Sneaker Addict” in 1990, then in 2003 became the critically acclaimed author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 (Testify Books). In 2005, ESPN’s “It’s the Shoes” series, hosted by Bobbito, became the first show on the subject in broadcasting history.
A former professional basketball player in Puerto Rico, García performed in the ground breaking 2001 Nike “Freestyle” commercial. In 2007, the brand released seven co-designed Air Force 1 sneakers bearing his name. The voice of EA Sports popular NBA Street video game is also a world-renowned DJ, who has spun World, Soul, and Jazz music at Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage (NYC), and the Kennedy Center (DC).
As an award-winning filmmaker, García has directed Doin' It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC and Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, which premiered on PBS and Showtime, respectively. His third film, Rock Rubber 45s, releases this summer.
A founding member of the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’s Hip Hop Culture Council and recent Wesleyan University “Distinguished Alumni Award” recipient, “Kool Bob Love” currently produces his b-ball tournament Full Court 21™ in four continents, and co-hosts NPR’s “What’s Good with Stretch and Bobbito” podcast.
Nina Sol, a nod to her Afro-Latina heritage & warm and sunshiny disposition, delivers a genre-bending soulful sound that resonates with audiences locally and across the globe. A vinyl enthusiast that traverses time and texture, Nina's insatiable curiosity for music discovery keeps her sets fresh and unexpected. Currently based in Oakland, Nina holds monthly residencies at Constellations, a party dedicated to past and present artists born under the zodiac sign of the month, and Elements throwing down underground dance music alongside soulful house DJ veteran, Patrick Wilson. She has opened for artists including Rich Medina, Solange, Pete Rock, Jose James, Vikter Duplaix, and many others. Sol has contributed to music sites such as Music is My Sanctuary and mainstay parties namely thePeople, Jump N Funk, Makossa Brooklyn, The Matatu Film Festival, Motown on Mondays, & Black Weirdo. Nina Sol brings a profound energy to dance floors while spreading messages of justice, freedom, and love.