Years ago, before Youtube, I used to look for rare hip hop videos the same way people look for hard to find sneakers: on Ebay. One night, I stumbled across someone selling a DVD of Jay-Z live at the famous NYC nightclub The Tunnel, filmed right around the time In My Lifetime Volume 3 came out. It was fairly cheap, so I ordered it, figuring it would at least be something cool to have in my collection of hip hop memorabilia. Anyway, I was going though some of my old stuff recently and I pulled it out to watch, and it’s doper than I remembered. Sometimes footage like this gets better with age. And since I couldn’t find it anywhere else on the web, I figured I’d put it up here on Westcheddar as an exclusive. My DVD has no tags or credits so I have no idea who filmed this and I don’t remember who sold it to me, but whoever did, PROPS ARE DEFINITELY DUE. It’s pretty good video and sound quality and shot right from the stage so you can see everyone up close and also get a feel for how off the hook The Tunnel crowd used to be during the late 90’s/early 2000’s (I never went but I’ve heard stories). The four part video of the full set (about 40 minutes long) features the original Roc La Familia in full effect, including Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Amil, DJ Clue, and even Pain in da Ass. Enjoy. It’s the Roc!!!!
Pt. 1 “Pain in da Ass Intro”, “It’s Hot”, “Jigga My Ni$a”, and “So Ghetto”
Pt. 2 “Can I Get A…”, “Money Ain’t a Thang”, “It’s Alright”, “What You Think of That”, and “Bleek Is”
Pt. 3 “What a Thug About”, “45 Freestyle”, “Who You Wit”, “Ain’t No Ni$a”, “Imaginary Player”, and “Jigga What, Jigga Who”
Pt. 4 “Money, Cash, Hoes” and “Do It Again”
As a bonus, here’s a throwback song I did over Jay-Z “It’s Hot”, off my 2006 DJ Roz mixtape Real Breezy:
And for those of you visiting this blog for the first time, yes I’m a rapper, but I wear other hats. I actually have a full time job directing youth programs here in Westchester County, and I also am a freelance writer. In fact, I used to write for XXL during the Elliott Wilson years for their MOVE THE CROWD section, covering live shows up and down the east coast. Check out a couple of my favorite clips HERE. And please, scroll through the rest of the blog too when you have some time (check out the interviews section). Thanks for visiting Westcheddar…