XXLMag.com Presents: Top 10 SMACK DVD Moments

When SMACK DVD debuted in 2003 at the height of hip-hop’s street magazine craze, the name SMACK (Streets Music Art Culture and Knowledge) rang in hoods across the country and worldwide.

With a permanent ear to the streets, SMACK co-founders Tony “Smack” Mitchell and Eric Beasley documented hip-hop culture with a rawness that captivated fans from the bricks to the ‘burbs. Preceding the explosion of YouTube, Twitter and rap blogs, SMACK was the streets’ go-to source for battles, beef and exclusive interviews throughout the last decade. SMACK’s unprecedented access to the game’s hottest artists and edgy shooting style provided countless unforgettable moments and gave fans a glimpse into the lives of their favorite rappers long before they were only a tweet away.

In celebration of a unique era in hip-hop journalism, XXLMag.com got Smack and E to reflect on their 10 Greatest Moments in the DVD series’ history. From an impromptu push-up contest on DMX’s block to a freestyle rap battle-turned-melee, SMACK’s trademark shaky camera was there to catch it all. No host, no fancy editing and no rules.

Well, as Smack and E will tell you, there was one rule: “Always keep the cameras rollin’!” –Calvin Stovall

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  • caino

    Ahh memories! lol

    Jae Millz won!!

    Damn X man saying ‘ l’m not putting myself in a situation that puts you in handcuffs, l aint putting on handcuffs’………..damn if only he knew!

    waka always been wack!

  • DH

    damn where would we be with out these videos?? Thanks smack. This is the reason we get to see all these rappers out side of magazines and shit. They get on a video, talk shit on a nigga, and then theres beef, which means better music. Hood affairs, cocaine city, all this shit, is just like sour diesel, straight fire. Thanks smack.

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Respect to DMX

  • lucas

    mr west kills us again with songs

  • DiilGang

    This is Hip-Hop history in the making right here. Smack went into the streets where it’s all at

  • P

    SMACK was the shit. Always had the best footage.