6.7/10
443
2 user

Beef II (2004)

BEEF 2 exposes the business of hip hop battles.

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Beef (2003)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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

Director: Peter Spirer
Stars: Ving Rhames, 50 Cent, Kevin Anderson
Beef III (Video 2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Respect...In hip-hop it's the name of the game. Some rappers will do anything to get it, even starting a Beef with another rapper or crew...and that can lead to raw, brutal conflict in the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Spirer
Stars: 50 Cent, Ali, Big B
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

Director: Lauren Lazin
Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain
The Up in Smoke Tour (Video 2000)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

This is it! Your front row seat to the greatest hip hop experience ever captured on film. This is the ultimate back stage pass for your total pleasure. "Up In Smoke" is it and now you've got it all. Fire it up.

Director: Philip G. Atwell
Stars: Ice Cube, Eminem, Dr. Dre
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.

Directors: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt
Stars: Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Chuck D
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the summer of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan emerged from the burroughs of New York City and took the hip-hop world by storm. Their legacy spanned over a decade, garnering fans worldwide and ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Barclay
Stars: Ralph McDaniels, Remedy Roll, Gano Grills
Scratch (2001)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Pray
Stars: Chali 2na, Marc 7, Afra
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Nick Broomfield
The Wash (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

With the rent due and his car booted, Sean (Dr. Dre) has to come up with some ends...and fast. When his best buddy and roommate Dee Loc (Snoop Dogg), suggests that Sean get a job busting ... See full summary »

Director: DJ Pooh
Stars: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Albano
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. The film weaves together rare concert footage, never-before-see... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Broadway
Stars: Peanut Butter Wolf, Talib Kweli, A-Trak
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.

Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Dave Chappelle, Yasiin Bey, Lauryn Hill
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Himself - Shady / Aftermath Recording Artist
...
Himself - Cypress Hill
Bizarre ...
Himself - D12
Canibus ...
Himself - Recording Artist
Kino Childers ...
Himself - Manager of Royce Da 5'9'
...
Himself - Magazine Publisher
...
Themselves (archive footage)
Davey D ...
Himself - Hip Hop Historian
D12 ...
Themselves (archive footage)
Royce Da 59 ...
Himself - Recording Artist (as Royce da 5'9")
Wendy Day ...
Herself - Rap Coalition
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself - D12 (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

BEEF 2 exposes the business of hip hop battles.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hip hop | See All (1) »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and brief drug content | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 August 2004 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by Beef 4 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Shit on U
Performed by Royce Da 59
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Weak structure and some cheap aspects but the content will mean fans of the music and the period will enjoy it
13 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

As I said on my Beef user-comment, I only became aware of this series of films because of Canibus going after Quincy Jones III for supposedly not paying anyone for their contributions, but when I watched the first Beef documentary I actually quite liked it and thought it did a good job of capturing some famous battles. In this second film there is some overlap but it tries to present a slightly different approach by focusing on beefs that mostly start from business situations; whether it be people lifting from other people's work, arguments over money, arguments over things said in the media and so on.

This structure doesn't quite stay in place though because while some of the fights do start over stolen lines or beats, we ultimately do have many that start over words spoken in public towards the other artist, with a thin connection to being "business related" because they were said between people in a sort of business relationship. OK, this aside though the film still does a solid enough job of capturing these moments in hip-hop history but the weaker structure to the film means it is sporadic without a good connection between the various segments. This does weaken the film because the first Beef did manage to have an overall flow that held the segments together but here it is less so.

As before the best segments are not necessarily the best or biggest battles but rather the ones where both sides are talking. So in particular although one could say unkind things about the status of D12 and Royce da 5'9", their segment is really engaging because it does show how things escalate and how things said on a record or in an interview can get out of hand very quickly. Conversely the segments on LL/Canibus and KRS1/Nelly (who?) makes a good point about the role played by the corporations behind the larger artist – it is a good point but one the film doesn't follow up on particularly well despite claiming this topic as the overall thread for this film – again because of the weaker structure.

The structure isn't helped by the slight feeling that, while interesting, Beef II was perhaps produced as a cheaper produce. Many of the interviews are clearly from those used for the first film so you do get the feeling of QB3 chuckling to himself about only having to pay interview crews once for material he can get several products out of. I'm not saying the whole film is like this or that the product is cheap, just that it can feel that way when so much looks like it was done on one afternoon. The cheap and unnecessary re-enactments also don't help either, as they smack of a second rate Crimewatch show and they do nothing to help the telling of the stories. Likewise rapid editing of video clips over audio of someone talking may appeal to the MTV generation but it tended to distract from what was being said – it would have been better to have allowed a long shot of the interviewee or to have played audio over still pictures of the individual talking in a radio station; less exciting and less energy perhaps but it would have improved the feel of the product as a documentary.

As before, this film is not strong enough to interest those with no interest in hip-hop although it may have enough familiar faces to interest those casual viewers with a passing knowledge of the artists involved. For fans of the genre it is a good film because, for all its missed opportunities and structural weaknesses, it does capture moments in hip-hop that otherwise would fade away and be forgotten. Not a great documentary then but well worth a look for genre fans who want to look back on these moments.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial