Video Vault: 7 Classic SMACK DVD Clips

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Some of you younger folks may find this hard to believe, but back in the days before the ubiquity of Youtube and that other low rent video streaming site, finding fresh visual content from your favorite rappers used to demand a certain amount of effort on the part of the viewing public. At some point during the early 2000s, a guy from Queens named Smack started putting out regular mixtape magazine style DVDs that featured uncensored interviews, freestyles, battles and low budget music videos from all of the hottest rappers of the moment.

These DVDs gave fans a rare and unfiltered look into the lives of their favorite artists, often in their natural habitat, and were passed around the hood like the local jump off. The influence of SMACK DVD can still be seen in the content that now floods the web on a daily basis: I’m willing to bet those “In-Studio” performance videos probably wouldn’t exist if not for them and Smack’s follow up venture, the Ultimate Rap League battle franchise, is as popular as ever.

For the first installment of our new Video Vault series, we collected a few epic moments from the heyday of the SMACK era for your entertainment.

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Video: Cory Gunz – A Cappella Freestyle (SMACK)

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Video: Budden in the Booth (SMACK)

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Joe laying his verse for “Wait A Minute”.

Video: Kurupt – Why They Want to Hate (SMACK)

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Kurupt – Why they want to hate

Video: Joe Budden – Roll Call (SMACK)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Joe Budden Freestyle

Previously unreleased street video Budden did for “Roll Call” off Mood Muzik 3.

Previously: Buckshot – Ready (Brand Nu Day)

Video: Buckshot – Ready (Brand Nu Day)

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Buck links with SMACK to do a street video for one of the cuts off him and 9th Wonder’s The Formula.

Video: Talib Kweli – Holy Moly

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Here’s a video Kweli shot with SMACK for “Holy Moly” off his Ear Drum LP.