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Movie Review: 'Backstage'

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”Only part of the tour I like is the performance, that one hour I’m on stage — that’s it,” admits DMX in this behind-the-scenes look at a hugely successful 1999 tour featuring superstar hip-hoppers like Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, and Redman. ”The rest is hell.” Same goes for Backstage, a numbing chronicle of road drudgery intercut with flashes of vitality from pulse-raising concert clips, which, maddeningly, always seem to cut out just as they’re getting going. Otherwise, steel yourself for a parade of smoldering blunts, semi-clad groupies, and self-congratulatory interviews with assorted ego-saturated rap luminaries. Can I get a ”no thanks”? C+

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