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If you ever wanted to know what really goes on backstage, this is the definitive inside look - uncut and uncensored. Complete with on-stage performances you'll see an intimate view of what life is like at one of the biggest Rap Concert tours of all time. It shows life on the road, in hotels and off stage in a way you've never seen before. Written by
What an absolutely fantastic film is all I can say - and WOW.
This movie is far superior to the recent Up in Smoke tour which offered very little insight into the real mind-set of the rappers featured there (such as Dre, Snoop and Eminem). Where that movie was content to show the performances BackStage offers the viewers much more.
DMX is allowed time to shine and comes across very well - especially given the controversy that is oft associated with him and his music.
Jay-Z remains quite mysterious throughout and the partnership of Redman/Methodman is not focused on enough - However it is great to see Redman interviewed as he is a truly unrecognised genius within the rap world.
Relatively new rappers such as Memph Bleek, Ja Rule and Beanie Segiel are given time to shine and also come across very well - the scene where an interviewer asks why they like to watch gangster movies on their tour bus is excellent; especially when Good Will Hunting is revealed as their most recent viewing pleasure!!
But this movie really succeeds as a documentary on Damon Dash (charismatic CEO of Roc-a-fella records) who is given plenty of screen time and interviews - This is one man not to be messed with as his vehement dissing of DefJam's attempt to over-shadow Roc-a-fella throughout the tour shows.
All in all an excellent documentary - Highly recommended for fans of both rap and also documentaries as a genre.
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