The Tunnel nightclub was always discussed in hushed private tones or in amazement and reverence. It was a warehouse on the West Side of Manhattan, next to the Westside Highway - 12th Avenue and W. 27th Street(from the West Side Highway south, you had to take W. 28th Street to 11th Ave.).
Most people knew of the place because Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex held it down in a dominant fashion during its tenure. Others came to know of the hot New York nightspot because of Ralph McDaniels' Video Music Box television show which would sometimes broadcast from the location, offering clubgoers the chance to "shout out" their friends. It was his show that is credited with creating and popularizing the now iconic phrase.
It was only fitting that Complex's Ross Scarano spoke with many of the key players in the creation of the now-historic Sunday night Hip-Hop gathering spot.