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Video Review: 'Rhyme and Reason'

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Rhyme & Reason

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
guest performer:
Sean P. Diddy Combs
genre:
musical

We gave it a B+

Anyone curious about how rap grew from an inner-city fad to a multimillion-dollar industry should check out the fast-paced parade of old-school (Kurtis Blow, Chuck D) and cutting-edge (Wu-Tang Clan, Master P) rappers pontificating here. Not quite an A-to-Z history, Rhyme explores rappers’ militancy, sexism, drug use, and links to crime and gang activity with steely-eyed objectivity. Yet the we-are-family sentimentality that creeps into the rhetoric of even the most hard-boiled gangsta is oddly touching. It almost convinces you that beneath its putative nihilism, the hip-hop community really is one nation under a groove. B+

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