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


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  (in credits order)

Ving Rhames ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

50 Cent ... Himself - Shady / Aftermath Recording Artist
Kevin Anderson ... Himself - V.I.P. Records

B-Real ... Himself (as B Real)

Big Daddy Kane ... Himself - Hip Hop Artist
Bone Thugs n Harmony ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)

Jim Brown ... Himself - NFL Hall of Famer, Gang Mediator
Busy Bee ... Himself - 'Chief Rocker' (also archive footage) (as Busy Bee Starski)
Black Child ... Himself - Murder Inc. Records

Sean Combs ... Himself (archive footage) (as Puffy)

Common ... Himself - MCA Recording Artist

Anthony 'Treach' Criss ... Himself - Rapper / Actor (as Treach)
Davey D ... Himself - Hip Hop Historian
The D.O.C. ... Himself (archive footage) (as D.O.C.)

Damon Dash ... Himself - CEO, Rocafella Records

Mobb Deep ... Themselves
DJ Yella ... Himself (archive footage)

DMX ... Himself - Ruff Ryders / Def Jam

Nate Dogg ... Himself - Tha Dogg Pound
Dru Down ... Himself (archive footage)

Dr. Dre ... Himself (archive footage)
Eazy-E ... Himself (archive footage) (as Eazy E)
Louis Farrakhan ... Himself (archive footage) (as Minister Farrakhan)
Hussein Fatal ... Himself

Irv Gotti ... Himself - Murder Inc. Records (archive sound)
Grandmaster Caz ... Himself - Cold Crush Brothers
Havoc ... Himself - Mobb Deep

Ice Cube ... Himself (archive footage)

Ice-T ... Himself - Rapper / Actor (also archive footage) (as Ice T)

Jay Z ... Himself - Rocafella Records (as Jay-Z)

Marion 'Suge' Knight ... Himself (archive footage) (as Suge Knight)
Kool Moe Dee ... Himself - Hip Hop Artist (also archive footage)

KRS-One ... Himself - Boogie Down Productions (also archive footage)

Kurupt ... Himself - Death Row Records
Scott La Rock ... Himself - Boogie Down Productions (archive footage)
T. la Rock ... Himself - Recording Artist
Tru Life ... Himself - Recording Artist

LL Cool J ... Himself (archive footage)
M.C. Ren ... Himself (archive footage) (as MC Ren)
Mack 10 ... Himself - Westside Connection
Marley Marl ... Himself - Producer / DJ
Angie Martinez ... Herself - Hot 97 DJ
Matthew McDaniel ... Himself - Guerrilla Style Films (archive footage)

Rudy Ray Moore ... Himself - OG Pimp Daddy (archive footage) (as Dolemite)
Larry Muggerud ... Himself - Cypress Hill (as Muggs)
Tony Muhammad ... Himself - Nation of Islam (as Minister Tony Muhammad)
Tech N9ne ... Himself

Nas ... Himself - Queensbridge Native

The Notorious B.I.G. ... Himself (archive footage)
NWA ... Themselves (archive footage)
Kevin Powell ... Himself - Former Vibe Reporter

Prodigy ... Himself - Mobb Deep
RBX ... Himself - Rapper
Kool DJ Red Alert ... Himself (archive footage) (as DJ Red Alert)
Big Regg ... Himself - Talent Manager

Ja Rule ... Himself - Murder Inc. Records (archive footage)
Afeni Shakur ... Herself - Mother of Tupac Shakur (as Afini Shakur)

Tupac Shakur ... Himself (archive footage)
M.C. Shan ... Himself - Rapper / Producer (also archive footage) (as MC Shan)
Beanie Sigel ... Himself - Rocafella Records Recording Artist

Russell Simmons ... Himself - President, Def Jam Records
Kay Slay ... Himself - 'The Drama King' (as DJ Kay Slay)

Snoop Dogg ... Himself - Death Row Records (archive footage)
Supernatural ... Himself - Freestyle MC
Caddillac Tah ... Himself - Murder Inc. Records (as Cadillac Tah)

Warren G. ... Himself (as Warren G)
Dave Weiner ... Himself - Former Priority Records Executive
Krayzie Bone ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Layzie Bone ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Chuck D. ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Flavor Flav ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Flesh 'N' Bone ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Spirer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Alton  written by
Peter Spirer  written by

Produced by
Denis Henry Hennelly .... producer
Quincy Jones III .... executive producer (as Quincy 'QD3' Jones III)
Quincy Jones III .... producer (as Quincy 'QD3' Jones III)
Peter Spirer .... producer
Casey Suchan .... producer
Original Music by
J-Force  (as J Force)
Quincy Jones III  (as Quincy 'QD3' Jones III)
Femi Ojetunde 
Paul Vega 
Cinematography by
Sean Adair 
Peter Alton 
Jeff Bollman 
Film Editing by
Peter Alton 
Art Department
Clay Lipsky .... titles design
Sound Department
Jimmy Lifton .... sound supervisor: post-production
D.J. Lynch .... additional sound engineer
Earl Martin .... sound mixer
Jorge Montijo .... voice-over recordist
Ronald J. Webb .... sound designer (as Ron Webb)
Visual Effects by
Peter Alton .... additional graphics
Clay Lipsky .... graphics design
Peter Spirer .... additional graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Adair .... cinematographer: New York unit
Carlos Chabert .... cinematographer: Atlanta unit
Paul Dokuchitz .... cinematographer: New York unit
Keith Gruchala .... additional photography
Kris Krava .... cinematographer: Atlanta unit
Shawn Meyer .... additional photography
Dmytro Ptyashko .... additional photography: New York unit
Peter Spirer .... additional photography
Peter Spirer .... additional photography: New York unit
Matthew Timms .... additional photography: New York unit
Editorial Department
Peter Alton .... on-line editor
Tom Baker .... logger
Christina Choe .... assistant editor
Edward Gacek .... logger
Denis Henry Hennelly .... on-line editor
Joshua Krause .... assistant editor
Kelly Reese .... color timer
Denise Zaitoon .... logger
Music Department
Ronald J. Webb .... music editor
Other crew
Betty Baker .... production accountant
Mr. Excitement .... additional interviewer: New York unit
Dvon Gholston .... additional interviewer: New York unit
Douglas Hannah .... production intern
James Harper .... production accountant
Alex Josephson .... production intern
Jennifer R. Karie .... legal services
Joshua Krause .... production assistant
Jeremy G. Mohr .... legal services
Charub Moore .... additional interviewer: New York unit
Jeffrey Squire .... production intern (as Jeff Squire)
Franny Suchan .... office receptionist
Suki Weinberger .... office security
Sean Adair .... special thanks
Mark Aiken .... special thanks
Kevin Anderson .... special thanks
William Rhandi Bannister .... special thanks (as William Rhandi Banister)
D.R.E.S. Tha Beatnik .... special thanks
Big Daddy Kane .... special thanks
Ray Brown .... special thanks
Troy Brown .... special thanks
Greg Carr .... special thanks
Jason Clarke .... special thanks
Davey D .... special thanks
Yvette Gayle .... special thanks
Thomas Gibson .... special thanks
Charles Gorwin .... special thanks
Jessica Hagan .... special thanks
Big Jeff .... special thanks
Bishop Don Magic Juan .... special thanks
Jimmy Lifton .... special thanks
Clara Markowicz .... special thanks
Kevin Powell .... special thanks
Quibian Salazar .... special thanks (as Quibian 'Q' Salazar)
Roxanne Shanté .... special thanks
Snailz .... special thanks

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Rated R for pervasive language, some drug content and sexual references
103 min
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, 11 January 2004
Author: kid_x from Wierdville, New Mexico

Great look at the evolution of hip hop battles. From the non-violent world of simple word play and insults to the rise of West Coast gangster rap.Which equals the violence that is what battles have become. Always the interviews and footage is what really makes this excellent. Also check the Supernatural freestyle on Beef

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