Back Stage

November 1, 2013 - Comment

Multiplatinum-selling rappers like DMX Method Man Jay-Z and others take you where you’ve never been before: behind the scenes of the hottest hip-hop concert tour ever! Hip irreverent and real BACKSTAGE rides along with the groundbreaking 50-city “Hard Knock Life Tour” and doesn’t hold anything back! From the tour bus to the hotel to the

Multiplatinum-selling rappers like DMX Method Man Jay-Z and others take you where you’ve never been before: behind the scenes of the hottest hip-hop concert tour ever! Hip irreverent and real BACKSTAGE rides along with the groundbreaking 50-city “Hard Knock Life Tour” and doesn’t hold anything back! From the tour bus to the hotel to the stage cameras are there to capture all the craziness as the show rolls from city to city! Also featuring the powerful performances of Redman Ja Rule Beanie Sigel — and a red-hot soundrack by DJ Clue — you don’t want to miss this exclusive chance to see what really happens when Rap hits the road!System Requirements:Starring: Jay-Z; DMX; Method Man; Redman; Beanie Sigel; DJ Clue; Memphis Bleek; Amil; Ja Rule; Memphis Black; Damon Dash Directed By: Chris Fiore Running Time: 87 Min. Color Copyright 2003 Buena Vista Home Video.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. Rating: R UPC: 786936144673 Manufacturer No: 02164500This raucous documentary of the 1999 Hard Knock Life Tour–featuring Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, Redman, and other rappers–is chaotic and confusing, but that seems entirely appropriate. Life on tour is notoriously grueling, and this tour (with such an abundance of high-profile performers and support staff) proves to be no exception. Surprisingly, the egos of the performers seem reasonably under control; the driving motor of the entire event is Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash, who rants to great effect–in one entertaining sequence, as someone fruitlessly tries to shave Dash’s head, Dash vents at length about how everyone is wearing jackets publicizing Def Jam instead of Roc-A-Fella. Backstage depicts naked groupies, drug use, internal squabbles, and hardly a sentence goes by that isn’t filled with obscenities or epithets, but the rappers come across as a surprisingly genial, friendly lot just enjoying themselves. Jay-Z is particularly charming, but rapper Beanie Sigel has the sharpest comments to make as he describes the treatment of demo tapes at record labels. Curiously, the concert footage only comes across in snippets, though it certainly communicates the flavor of the show. Backstage is unlikely to tell you anything you didn’t know or already suspect about the touring life or rap music, but it depicts the experience vividly. –Bret Fetzer

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