- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 6, 2004
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 08/25/1995
"...[THE SHOW} exudes an infectious, raw energy and allows the performers to speak for themselves..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Both a performance video and a behind-the-scenes look into the burgeoning world of rap, this feature offers live concert footage from the U.S. and Japan, backstage commentary from the artists themselves, including rap impresario Russell Simmons, and a round-table discussion with rap's founding fathers.
This spirited documentary examines the world of rap music using both interviews and performance footage of many popular rappers at a Philadelphia concert. The singers address many aspects of their music and lifestyle, including the apparent connection between rap performers and crime, the differences between East Coast and West Coast rap, the rampant use of marijuana amongst rappers, the genre's popularity and its influence outside the Black and Latino communities, and the disdain "old school" rappers have toward the current, more hardcore crop. In addition, the film often goes behind-the-scenes, showing rap performers at work and play.
Live Performances |
Music (General) |
Rap / Hip Hop |
Rap Artists |
- Additional rappers/performers: Craig Mack, Tha Dogg Pound, The Notorious B.I.G., Warren G., Wu-Tang Clan, Doc Ice, Kid Capri, Sean (Puffy) Combs, Twinz, and Da 5 Footaz.
- In DTS Sound.
- A Rysher Entertainment presentation, in conjunction with Russell Simmons.
- The Philadelphia concert took place at the Armory, and was arranged specifically for this film.
- Rapper/actress Queen Latifah was asked to participate, but she declined.