The legendary Tunnel nightclub was the host to many hip-hop parties and concerts in NYC in the early 90’s. Funkmaster Flex was a regular DJ there and around 1am he would play the hottest song in NYC at the time! The club also had one of the first unisex bathrooms… I’m sure many stories could be told! The Tunnel was also featured in the opening scene of director Hype William’s Belly.
One of the most talked about performances at the Tunnel has to be the Jay-Z & The Roc concert. They performed such tracks as “Money Ain’t a Thing”, “Can I get a…”, “It’s Alright”, “Imaginary Player”, “Do It Again” and much more. Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek and Amil controlled a majority Brooklyn crowd! This is definitely a legendary performance. Shout out to Stan Ipcus aka whiteplainsdoggy on YouTube for the concert footage, he may possibly be the only videographer to catch this on tape.
Tunnel was forced to close its doors in 2001 due to non-payment of rent and NY mayor Rudy Giuliani’s quality-of-life campaign, but leaves some great memories for hip-hop fans who got a chance to experience it.
VIDEO: Jay-Z and the Roc “Live at the Tunnel” PART I: