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Himself - Shady / Aftermath Recording Artist
Kevin Anderson ...
Himself - V.I.P. Records
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Himself (as B Real)
Busy Bee ...
Himself - 'Chief Rocker' (as Busy Bee Starski)
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Themselves (archive footage) (as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)
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Grandmaster Caz ...
Himself - Cold Crush Brothers
Black Child ...
Himself - Murder Inc. Records
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Himself (archive footage) (as Puffy)
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Himself - MCA Recording Artist
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Himself - Rapper / Actor (as Treach)
Davey D ...
Himself - Hip Hop Historian
The D.O.C. ...
Himself (archive footage) (as D.O.C.)
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A documentary on the evolution of MC battles from verbal one-upmanship to street warfare.

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The Real World of MC Battles

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Rated R for pervasive language, some drug content and sexual references | See all certifications »
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Vivid and insightful hip-hop documentary
25 May 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Beef is a particularly great documentary to watch because it goes on a 20 year timeline(1981-2001), It goes back to the Busy-Bee Starsky/Kool Moe Dee days, through the East vs. West beef of '95-'96, all the way to the Mobb Deep/Jay-Z beef in 2001(though the ground work was laid-out for this in 1998 as stated by Prodigy of Mobb Deep). Driven by the narrative of Ving Rhames(Dawn Of The Dead, Baby Boy, Rosewood), the film is very insightful as far as the progress of hip-hop and the rising of stakes in rap wars.

A movie that lets one know that hip-hop is an artform no different from that of Leonardo DaVinci, etc. - The reference to dancehall music was hit dead on the nose because in Jamaica, usually at MX3 in Negril or places in Kingston, DJ entities usually clash to see who's the best in Jamaica these entities are called "sounds"

Beef is a great, in-depth look at the rap game to this point in time and this is first of many to come hopefully...


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