The Blackout (Original Version)

  • Published on Dec 15, 2013
  • In the summer of 2003, the Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) in Harlem New York took the nation by storm, and put the world of streetball on notice. Bringing the biggeststars of Hip Hop, sports and politics together in one place. Highlighted by Hip Hop rivals Jay Z and Fat Joe along with their star studded teams, EBC was set to have the most anticipated championship in streetball history. Thousands filled the streetof Harlem, and with standing room at Rucker park the lights went out ,and never came back on. The largest blackout in U.S History crippled Manhattan and EBC Championship game. The Blackout sorts though the gossip,rumors and urban legends as it turns the lights back on at Rucker parkand retells the story of the biggest streetball game that never was.
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Comments • 329

  • MiMM PRO
    MiMM PRO 5 days ago

    What was the song at the end?

  • Mariaelena Echeverria

    I remember being there and getting my autograph by Jay z on the s.carter headband board and seeing them beat RuffRyders that day. Crawford and Curry were on the team but Luis Flores (Manhattan college) came off the bench and closed the game out. Jay really wanted to win so bad and Jadakiss and then was in the building you can feel the tension in the air. Unforgettable day this and when I seen Big Meech and the whole BMF squad and giving out the bmf 4ever t-shirts and cds.. Niggas always found it hard to believe...thanx for the documentary lots of memories I grew up going there and dyckman park. Peace

  • Kdot Kadafi
    Kdot Kadafi 8 days ago

    Hov made da Illuminati cut da lights 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️😂😂😂

  • El Vee
    El Vee 9 days ago +1

    I was there. I went that whole season....& we lined up for the finals prob like 1 (I dont remember no huge lines of ppl being out there since 10am like they claimed. What groups of BLACK would line up that early? lol). I remember the electricity in the air.... me, my dude Vince visiting from Cali and his girl, squished up in seats...waiting for the game to start. I remember after growing impatient, we started a chant "Fuck Jay Z. fuck Jay Z. The Rucker when it was still popping was THE BEST moments of entertainment & real NY flavor I've ever experienced

  • Matt O
    Matt O 10 days ago

    32:55 - old ass man...niggas from hood say awesome

  • Matt O
    Matt O 10 days ago

    24:37 - cellie on the hip witta big jean shorts

  • Matt O
    Matt O 10 days ago

    Zach Randolph bullies the bully....real ass dude

  • Matt O
    Matt O 10 days ago

    5:49 - puff may be a weirdo fruit....but dude was first to do a lot of big things

  • Jr TV
    Jr TV 10 days ago

    If Carmelo would have played ... TS was really gonna lose

  • Marlo Stanfield
    Marlo Stanfield 28 days ago


  • Nelkon Nsamba
    Nelkon Nsamba Month ago


  • Raffy Hawk
    Raffy Hawk Month ago

    Love that Yao was in the team meaning black people in the hood respects an asian

  • King Cartrell
    King Cartrell Month ago

    Brooklyn should have kept it to the streets instead of the arena but we balling regardless. It would have been more legendary to keep Brooklyn Street Real Shit. Like if u agree.

  • Dennis Emery
    Dennis Emery Month ago

    Respeck! on this 'Crazy', doco. Love to you all👊💙
    They "blacked out" the northern sea board because they have no control over the minds and hearts...
    Man fuck them petty, retarded, transparent fucktarded, scaredy cat motha fuckas🙈🙉🙊

  • John  Carter
    John Carter Month ago

    After watching, that black out has a lot to do with that game.

  • Robinson R.L. Wigfall

    This was beautiful. Regardless of the Tournament finished - the fact that all of us came together. Made history, and made a difference. This is what it’s all about. Culture !!!!

    • Robinson R.L. Wigfall
      Robinson R.L. Wigfall Month ago

      R.I.P. John the Franchise Strickland, Tyrone Alimoe Evans, & Troy Escalade Jackson !!! Legacy of Gods.

  • Teresa Wicks
    Teresa Wicks Month ago


  • andrew harwell
    andrew harwell Month ago

    Watched this shit for an hour, anticipating this big game. Wish they wouldve gave a heads up lol

  • Joy Mechell
    Joy Mechell Month ago

    He didn’t even look back at Bey 😂 back when he used to just show her off . The fact that sitting court side would Become their infamous date style is so cute 💍

  • Robert Reeves
    Robert Reeves Month ago

    Too Serious Weakness Gary

  • Robert Reeves
    Robert Reeves Month ago

    Annoy The Fuck Proud Not Change Eddie Murphy

  • Robert Reeves
    Robert Reeves Month ago

    Personality What Wrong Other End Jay

  • Baaby Waid
    Baaby Waid Month ago

    Shitttttt this is history right there

  • Idontlikethatshit
    Idontlikethatshit 2 months ago

    Alicia Keys looking beautiful as a mutha fucka

  • BEATZ4DAZ Global
    BEATZ4DAZ Global 2 months ago

    Fucking fake TVclip blocking the mic

  • Neo Brian
    Neo Brian 2 months ago

    Lol still can't believe this shit ain't televised damn...

  • MJ S
    MJ S 2 months ago

    Just imagine if that finals game happened and S.Carter had LeBron & Tmac

  • Eric Bell
    Eric Bell 2 months ago

    Kobe, much respect.

  • Eric Bell
    Eric Bell 2 months ago +1

    8:30 - Yoooooooooooooo... aight bet. i knew it was official but G** Damn!?! And we all know why Bill was there(David Stern was just researching culture to further understand the modern day slave trade(#jokes)... :P ... ANYWAYS... Notorious B.I.L and his nefarious sweet tooth for Thick pudding, whether that be chocolate or vanilla... Bill just had higher percentage chances while covering less ground.... on the prowl for those high calorie *chocolate treats :P

  • brooke lynn
    brooke lynn 2 months ago

    16 year anniversary of the blackout today. Brooklyn vs Bronx in Harlem. The greatest Street ball game never played.

  • 24K InfO
    24K InfO 2 months ago

    26:25 what the heck just happened?

  • Alphonso Stewart
    Alphonso Stewart 2 months ago

    Naw, that spat on the radio is why jay and all the NBA players didn't show.

  • Khen Mo
    Khen Mo 2 months ago

    Alicia Keys feel so WHACK and out of place there
    F*CK Bill Clinton!
    Kobe NEVER been around that much Black People in his life! He's SO OUT of PLACE!!! BAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  • Squelch
    Squelch 2 months ago +1

    This stuff don’t happen no more it’s all net filx game of thrones and video games smh

  • Squelch
    Squelch 2 months ago

    No wonder no one wanted to buy the S. Carters !

  • Cryptic Critter
    Cryptic Critter 2 months ago +2

    36:57 there hasn't been a bigger gathering of extra tall white T's since

  • djef ardeur
    djef ardeur 2 months ago

    Of course the government had to get involved in black people stuffs! As soon as they left they probably went to make a plan to distroy or take controlof what we do!

  • Sebastian Brzeczeszczykiewicz

    Fat Joe was extra fat

  • Sasha Tajaré
    Sasha Tajaré 2 months ago

    Ohhhh, so THAT'S why Kay kept telling him to speak about the Rucker. 🤔🤔

  • RoySaly71
    RoySaly71 2 months ago

    Jay Z pussy

  • Cousin Chris
    Cousin Chris 2 months ago +2

    Where can I purchase a copy of this legendary doc?

  • Leön Sangäla
    Leön Sangäla 2 months ago

    min 20:39

  • Todd Brothers
    Todd Brothers 2 months ago

    Crime went way down on this game day

  • joe smoe
    joe smoe 2 months ago

    Wow the lakers was @ the Rucker. LeBron Kobe artest Odem

    • J Chis
      J Chis Month ago

      joe smoe that was shit

  • Andy Gee
    Andy Gee 2 months ago

    Would love to know the amounts bet on the games by the owners.

  • Vick Jones
    Vick Jones 2 months ago


  • Paul Wevers
    Paul Wevers 2 months ago

    So happy i found this, thats some crazy basketball i just saw. Some of those layups are way beyond sick. Love from Europe. Good to see such positive vibes.

  • Paul Wevers
    Paul Wevers 2 months ago

    Reminds me of a scene in The Wire

  • whatudoin1
    whatudoin1 2 months ago +2

    all this time i thought it was real beef...jay was laying in the sand with Beyonce while Joe was staring at the bus ?

    • BxUptownphantom
      BxUptownphantom Month ago

      Lol terror squad throwing bottles at roc a fella dudes in club carbon that is where beef started

    • yowseph Dapier
      yowseph Dapier 2 months ago


  • Dillon Compton
    Dillon Compton 2 months ago

    Wasted hour

  • Neptune God
    Neptune God 2 months ago

    spotted i wish it 15 years ago when i was 16-17...i aint never been to the rucker in my life and im from ny.....damn now i wanna play basketball smh lol :{

  • ImPerfectlyTwitta
    ImPerfectlyTwitta 2 months ago

    That blackout was on purpose man. Not Jay or anything...I think the city did it.

  • Objective Perspective
    Objective Perspective 2 months ago

    Why y'all playing during this time some of the best street ballers in the world with backs grounds that would not let them in the NBA played in parks in Cali, Texas, ga,Florida, Ohio, chi town and much more. The NBA is not the only source of ballers. Some better than mj just simple never made it out the streets but balled they ass off.

  • V the PRO
    V the PRO 2 months ago

    the Rucker, the Tunnel, the Music, the Streets... what a time

  • Joe Turner
    Joe Turner 2 months ago +1

    Clown at 49:44 is what is wrong with america.

  • Joe Turner
    Joe Turner 2 months ago +2

    You can see it year by year become "monetized"

  • Joe Turner
    Joe Turner 2 months ago

    Kobe was surrounded by demons walking up to rucker. Look at big guy's eyes walking beside/infront of kobe. 😵👺 red shirt @10:11ish

  • Joe Turner
    Joe Turner 2 months ago

    Great decision to go red jerseys vs red jerseys in multiple years. Makes things easier when dribbling up court 😒

  • T Dupe
    T Dupe 2 months ago

    Imagine if black athletes and black artists got together *in their prime* and created their own leagues. It would be a revolution.
    Interviews would be like 52:17 lol

  • Trailer Crack smoker
    Trailer Crack smoker 2 months ago

    It’s crazy how we went from dressy hella dope to people looking like they on dope
    Yeezys etc nowadays fucking goofy ass young mofos now and days