YouTube gentrified

The legendary "Streets of Brockley" video, once the first result offered up by YouTube when anyone used the search term Brockley, has disappeared from the video hosting site.


The video - a celebration of young men, their motorbikes and their rhymes - featured an entourage that was bigger than the Wu-Tang Clan, So Solid Crew and Blazin Squad combined and was a piece of our cultural heritage.

Instead, we're left with a rag-tag collection of foxes, fires and ukuleles. Weak sauce.

EDIT: We knew there was a reason that MySpace still existed, Mike has tracked down a surviving download here.

16 comments:

Brockley Jon said...

I know, I was looking for that the other day and noticed it had gone. Gutted. The bloke with the chip shop in the video must be too.

MikeSE13 said...

http://www.myspace.com/mdotebeats/videos/video/2556233

Anonymous said...

^ that's the one

At last a video showing the real side of Brockley and not the mung paradise others seem to think it is

Hugh said...

That is massive.

Keeping it real...or iz I? said...

Not real you say? I always new that Degustation was a Hologram.

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon14:56 - has it occurred to you that Brockley is a big place and might have more than one dimension?

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Robert said...

Westside Brockley is not the only area represented in Grime music videos.

Representing Southside, and not quite as gangsta, Dizee Rascal filmed a video at St Hilda's Church Hall on Courtrai Road!
http://youtu.be/qiBxYEPbDaw

Matt-Z said...

'Junior Spesh' is the all time chicken shop classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6pbZLiLt30

Jerry L said...

And neatly embodying these two fundamental dimensions of Brockley, the Brockley Ukulele Group performing Gangsta's Paradise...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjetxw3IvEE

Brockley Nick said...

@Jerry - Only if you view Gangsta's Paradise as gritty urban culture. Which it isn't ;)

Jerry L said...

Nick, I know - cheesy reworking of a Stevie Wonder song for that Michelle Pfeiffer film. Perhaps I should have put my tongue more firmly in my cheek when writing my last comment!

Anonymous said...

Great let's glorify gang culture...

mb said...

Bad guys, murderous killers and robbers of various hues have been incorporated into popular culture since forever. It aint new, Dick Turpin? Al Capone? Billy the Kid? etc, etc....

Call it gloryfying if you like.

Anonymous said...

Spot the Daily Mail reader at 00:53

Anonymous said...

Say what you see.

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