The Show (1995)

Hip-hop gets an honest rap in this intriguing documentary from 
director Brian Robbins.  No judgments are passed on the popular music 
form, as Robbins examines the genre from *both* sides of the fence.  
(Or prison fence, if you will.  THE SHOW opens with a visit to Ryker's 
Island prison, to meet convicted rapper Slick Rick.)  The short film 
feels longer, thanks to an overabundance of mush-mouthed jive from the 
rap stars themselves.  A better balance would include footage related 
to the "experiences" that all the musicians claim are reflected in 
their works. 
Grade: B- 
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