7.5/10
682
5 user 5 critic

Rhyme & Reason (1997)

A study in the world of hip-hop, done mostly with interviews, in order to see why it is as popular as it is today and what the future holds.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.

Directors: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt
Stars: Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Chuck D.
Style Wars (TV Movie 1983)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.

Director: Tony Silver
Stars: Demon, Kase 2, Eric Haze
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day.

Director: Michael Rapaport
Stars: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty ... See full summary »

Director: One9
Stars: Nas, Cornel West, Pharrell Williams
Beef (2003)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary on the evolution of MC battles from verbal one-upmanship to street warfare.

Director: Peter Spirer
Stars: Ving Rhames, 50 Cent, Kevin Anderson
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

As pioneers of the Dirty South music movement, Organized Noize is responsible for Outkast, CeeLo, the Goodie Mob and the Dungeon Family. Their production shaped the landscape of hip-hop ... See full summary »

Director: Quincy Jones III
Stars: 2 Chainz, André Benjamin, Big Boi
Scratch (2001)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Pray
Stars: Chali 2na, Marc 7, Afra
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the summer of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan emerged from the slums of Staten Island and took the hip-hop world by storm. Their legacy spanned over a decade, garnering fans worldwide and ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Barclay
Stars: Ralph McDaniels, Remedy Roll, Gano Grills
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. The film weaves together rare concert footage, never-before-see... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Broadway
Stars: Peanut Butter Wolf, Talib Kweli, A-Trak
Wild Style (1983)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between ... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Ahearn
Stars: 'Lee' George Quinones, Lady Pink, Fab 5 Freddy
The Show (1995)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A documentary about the culture of hip-hop. Through interviews with some of hip-hops biggest names, the film makers attempt to find out why it has become so popular.

Director: Brian Robbins
Stars: Craig Mack, Dr. Dre, Afrika Bambaataa
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives explores the social impact of what the Source Magazine in 1998 voted, "The Best Hip Hop Radio Show Of All-Time." The documentary film is the ... See full summary »

Director: Bobbito Garcia
Stars: Common, Rosario Dawson, DJ Premier
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Himself (as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs)
Desiree Densiti ...
Heather
...
Himself
E-40 ...
Himself
MC Eiht ...
Himself
Grandmaster Caz ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

A study in the world of hip-hop, done mostly with interviews, in order to see why it is as popular as it is today and what the future holds.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

rap | independent film | See All (2) »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language and some drug content
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 March 1997 (USA)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,104,236 (USA) (7 March 1997)

Gross:

$1,591,687 (USA) (21 March 1997)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Edited into Vanilla Ice Archive (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Solid documentary
10 July 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I am not a huge fan of hip-hop music, but I am somewhat fascinated by it as an art form. First of all, I think it's unfair how hip-hop artists get such bad raps (no pun intended) because their material contains references to violence, sex, rape and drug use, as well as being drenched in profanity. Who said art has to be clean? When a motion picture shows things like gang violence and strong sexual content, the film is acclaimed for being "realistic" and "compelling." As one of the rappers said in the film, (paraphrasing) "Arnold Schwarzenegger can make a movie where he kills a bunch of cops, but we can't make a song about killing one cop." When these artists live around such horrors, what are they supposed to rap about? Rainbows and fields full of lillies? You write what you know about. Your inspiration comes from real-life experience.

What these rappers do takes talent. A lot of them do freestyling, where they just belt out rhymes off the top of their heads. That takes a strong imagination and quick wits. Most singers spend hours coming up with lyrics to their songs.

The film really fascinates me, as it sheds light on many aspects of hip-hop. It never drags, it's only 90 minutes long and the pace is tight. The documentary never goes off into tangents. I learned some interesting new things like the fact that most hip-hop artists don't "enjoy" living in the hood. In the case of Ice-T, once he became rich and successful, he bought himself a swanky house on the hills. He says, "White people look around my house and they tell me that I have a nice house, but what they really mean to say is that I have a nice house for a black man." I thought that was a very compelling statement.

I would recommend this film even more to those who aren't big fans of hip-hop, because it will educate you. Fans of the music will probably enjoy it more on an entertainment level. Of course, some will choose to stray from any film having to do with hip-hop, but the open-minded moviegoer knows much better.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?