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Rhyme and Punishment (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Music | 15 March 2011 (USA)
The gritty elements of urban crime and violence have always had an influence on hip hop culture and rap music. More and more, the trappings of street life have landed popular rap artists ... See full summary »

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The gritty elements of urban crime and violence have always had an influence on hip hop culture and rap music. More and more, the trappings of street life have landed popular rap artists behind bars - and not just for a music video shoot. What happens when a rapper who has everything suddenly has his freedom stripped away and is forced to deal with the harsh realities of prison? "Rhyme and Punishment" takes an in-depth look at the role of prison in hip hop culture, and reveals the side of the story that is not being covered by the news and popular media. The true and personal stories of hip hop artists who are, have been, or are soon to be incarcerated, in their own words. Featuring intimate and compelling interviews with convicted rappers Beanie Sigel, Prodigy, Cassidy, Project Pat, Immortal Technique, Slick Rick and many more. These artists who were at the top of their game when they got locked up explain the details of the crimes that led to their arrests, and document their ... Written by Anonymous

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Interesting doc
25 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

First of all let me say that normally I avoid documentaries. I find myself disinterested for some reason, but THIS one was very engaging.

This doc breaks down the rappers experience of a rise to fame followed by a trip to the pen. The film makers do a great job of explaining every part of the processes and giving a detailed look at the system that makes you feel like you understand what they go through.

Surprisingly all of the rappers speak with some level of competence. They have valid points to make about how the system is designed only to sustain its self and the industrial complex that has been built up around our prison system.

The rappers are all recognizable big names and that really drives the point home. To see Project Pat, whom was one of my favorite parts of "Adventures in Hollyhood", talking about his prison experiences reminds you that these are real people and not just their image.


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