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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
KRS-One ... Narrator
Beanie Sigel Beanie Sigel ... Himself
Prodigy ... Himself
Cassidy Cassidy ... Himself
Slick Rick ... Himself
Immortal Technique Immortal Technique ... Himself
Project Pat Project Pat ... Himself
40 Glocc 40 Glocc ... Himself
C. Bo C. Bo ... Himself
J. Swift J. Swift ... Himself
Ras Kass ... Himself
J-Diggs J-Diggs ... Himself
Shorty Shorty ... Himself
Big Lurch Big Lurch ... Himself
RBX RBX ... Himself


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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Release Date:

15 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Rugged Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Good Doc with Surprising Insight into Prison Issues
28 March 2011 | by shannnrdSee all my reviews

This is a really good doc that features a ton of rappers and their different stories with crime and prison. It's definitely good to watch to hear about the real side of violence in Hip Hop but I was surprised the prison reform issues brought up. Everyone should watch it just to learn more about prison injustice.

I went in to this film expecting some bios from rappers who had been to jail. But with the engaging interviews I got a lot more than I bargained for. The rappers interviewed talked about everything from prison life to serious social issues with the prison system. The prison system is a mess and this film really brought that home for me. The stories of corruption by law enforcement are unreal. And with so many diverse and wells spoken rappers talking about it I'm pretty surprised. I cam out of this film with way more that I though I would and I really enjoyed it.

Oh and Big Lurch's Story is WILD. I couldn't believe it.

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