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An inside look at what it took to bring the Wu-Tang Clan together for their final performance at the Rock the Bells Hip-Hop festival.

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Credited cast:
D.J. Abilities ...
Himself (as Abilities)
Babu ...
Himself - Dilated Peoples (as D.J. Babu)
Jerome Baldwin ...
Himself
Banger ...
Himself - Manager
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Himself - Wu-Tang Clan (as O.D.B.)
Cappadonna ...
Himself
D.J. Choc ...
Himself - D.J. (as Mr. Choc)
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Davey D ...
Himself - Journalist
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Himself - Public Enemy (as Chuck D)
Inspectah Deck ...
Himself - Wu-Tang Clan
DJ Dice ...
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Dilated Peoples ...
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Nader Elwan ...
Himself - Brian's Assistant
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Rock the Bells is a documentary on the preparation and realization of the original Wu-Tang Clan's final live performance. The film focuses on hip-hop concert promoter Chang Weisberg, whose Guerrilla Union production company showcases live hip-hop of a noncommercial bent. Weisberg comes across as a mixture of fanboy and snake-oil salesman, but it is his attention to detail that allows him to undertake what no other promoter had managed to accomplish in a long time: the presentation of the complete original lineup of the Wu-Tang Clan in live performance. Using a small, cohesive team of immensely likable, pleasant people, Weisberg navigates all the pitfalls of his endeavor with composure, even when the concert is in full-throttle. Hours before the concert is supposed to begin, the Guerrilla Union crew is forced to contend with an incompetent security team, an overanxious crowd on the verge of rioting, and the singular mania of the now deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard, in what amounts to a ... Written by Matthew Lehrer

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A tribute to the spirit of Hip-Hop.

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Written by Keith Shocklee (as James Henry Boxley III), Akil (as Dante Lamar Givens),
Soup (as Courtenay D. Henderson), Lucas MacFadden (as Lucas Christian Mac Fadden),
, DJ Nu-Mark (as Mark Ali Potsic), Chuck D. (as Carlton Douglas Ridenhour),
, Eric Sadler (as Eric T. Sadler), Charles Stewart (as Charles L. Stewart),
, Marc 7 (as Marc Freel Stuart)
Published by Inshallah Music, Macari and Me, Manphibian, Najla Music, Uppercut Music (ASCAP),
Songs of Universal (BMI) and Reach Global Music (BMI)
Performed by Jurassic 5 and DJ Nu-Mark (as DJ Numark)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
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If you like good movies, see this one
7 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm hardly a hip hop fan but I do enjoy a kick-ass documentary and a great story with energy, so this is a movie I will be recommending to people for sure. The footage of the frantic backstage preparations, the rowdy fans, the freaked out party promoter, the musicians on all their own strange trips and, best of all, the freestylin' Supernatural, make this film a rush for everyone, whether you are into hip hop or not. The footage contained is well-chosen and high-energy and the interviews peppered all through the developing story of this wild night are funny and endearing and flesh out the characters well. There is also edge of your seat drama and many tense moments in the unfolding tale of a near disaster, but ultimately a satisfying climax.


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