Motorola pager x Method Man x Ghostface in the studio with Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia, circa 1994

Way before Zoo York gravitated into the realm that Eckō Ltd. stepped into in 2000 (i.e. "the mainstream"), they were known for being deeply saturated in Hip-Hop culture. To the Hip-Hop purist, the name summons memories of graffiti splattered over subway cars in New York City. They were also profoundly submerged in core skateboarding culture as well, with greats like Harold Hunter (R.I.P.), Jeff Pang and Vinny Ponte representing the team / brand / culture. In 1998, they released their first video titled Zoo York Mixtape I on VHS, which married Hip-Hop music (and video footage from ’93 & ’94) with skate footage filmed in 1997.

The video starts off with a vignette of the late, great DJ Roc Raida (of the world famous X-Ecutioners) cutting and juggling like only he knows how, then segues into Jeff Pang's Mix (part) accompanied with footage of a pre-Terror Squad Fat Joe freestyling with the hilarious & shocking Keith Nut. The freestyle footage was recorded by Eli Genser while lurking at the Stretch & Bobbito show (back when Stretch Armstrong was known as DJ Skinny Bones). Eli Gesner is to blame for the loss of lots of classic Hip-Hop video footage that many would die to see these days, including the acclaimed Jay-Z & Big L freestyle and Large Professor writing a rhyme and freestyling it for the first time before it became his verse for Main Source's Live At The BBQ. Shame on him!

Although the full video of this has been on the internets for awhile now, I just recently stumbled on it, so I'm assuming there are other heads who have yet to see it in it's entirety themselves. Props to the original uploader. Enjoy this nostalgic piece of skateboarding and Hip-Hop history, and you can read a behind-the-scenes interview with Jeff Pang & Eli Genser over at T.R.O.Y..

DOWNLOAD: Zoo York Mixtape I (Full Video)

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlIU-2N7WY4 UKbOUND

    Eli Gesner is to blame for the loss of lots of classic Hip-Hop video footage <<< KnowxOne y is he to blame????? wats the story.

    dope posts btw!!!!!

  • Sandy.ILLMIND

    GREAT FUCKEN POST.
    R.I.P HAROLD HUNTER
    LEGENDS NEVER DIE.
    R.I.P. ANDY KESSLER
    5 BORO'S OF DEATH KID

  • d-bo

    This is sick. That Busta freestyle is the shit.

  • KB Smoka

    Legit

  • Dj ILL One

    Classic Vid. I watch this one every now and then. R.I.P. Roc Raida and Harold Hunter.

  • mykblauuw

    hey knowxone do you have your own site or somewhere i could contact you?

  • alex

    glad to know other people in hip hop appreciate skateboarding
    theres some of the older washington dc videos that are really dope liek this too

  • glue

    tight
    also true about that dc shit

  • Pete.C

    ay knowone... please do a Jeru the Damaja post with Come Clean. Its ridiculous how nobody knows about jeru!

  • http://www.blindiforthekids.com *Pbbt!

    "youu messed my fuckin heaarrtt upppp...."

    RIP Harold Hunter

  • glue

    also, ghostface's verse from criminology is in this

  • ironmike

    ILL & ALL SKRATCH damn this is that ish

  • ironmike

    Question: Which skatevideos are also hiphop relatad (skating, grafitti, music)? I know there's alot with punkrock music. But I'd love to view movies such as this one.

  • young zee

    man...i used to have this vhs and lent it out to my boy...and i've been missing it since....THANK YOU SO MUCH

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad9MSd6l1gA BillClinton

    damn u cus see ghostface reading it of a rap sheet hed written on ..damnnnnnnnn

  • http://stretchandbobbito.blogspot.com The Big Sleep

    Yeah, thanks for linking to this one as well, it's part of the mapping out and archiving of the Stretch & Bob show going on at T.R.O.Y. and the Stretch and Bobbito blog.

  • http://shutnyc.com Enoch

    Hey! This is Eli Morgan Gesner. I am to blame for the loss of some great freestyles - BECAUSE I AM THE GUY WHO FILMED THEM! - It was actually an old girlfriend who taped a Bob Marley documentary over one of the master tapes while I was not home. But I DO have 'Large Pro' doing his verse from LATBBQ. And Percy P, and Curious, and others. But just so yall know, I have given EVERYTHING to Stretch. He's gonna use it for some shit soon. And thanks for all the props. Also, shout out to DJ Ani Quinn who did all the music and sound mixing with me for Mix Tape 1 & 2.

  • http://keaho.net Princess808

    Haha! Those pesky girlfriends and electronics. Eli Gesner is hot. How do I meet him.

  • Jay

    What track was used with Busta Rhymes's freestyle? And is there anywhere where this video is available for download/sale?