Backstage

  • 15
  • Chris Fiore (2000)
  • US
  • 86 min
Backstage
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Chris Fiore's boisterous documentary cashes in on the hip-hop phenomenon by offering a purportedly frank and uncensored look at 1999's sell-out US rap extravaganza, the Hard Knock Life Tour. Featuring headlining MCs Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, Redman and other key artists, the congratulatory film follows the standard formula of concert footage randomly combined with off-stage action and plenty of pointless posturing for the camera. Die-hard fans will doubtlessly lap up the profanity-riddled shots of stars smoking dope, groping groupies, squabbling and generally stroking their egos, but it's definitely a case of preaching to the converted. Ultimately anyone unfamiliar with the scene will gain little insight, especially since Fiore cuts away when anything really revealing occurs.

Plot Summary

Music documentary that follows Jay-Z and record label boss Damon Dash on the rapper's 1999 tour.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jay-Z
Jay-Z
DMX
D M X
Method Man
Method Man
Redman
Redman
Beanie Sigel
Beanie Sigel
Memphis Bleek
Memphis Bleek
DJ Clue
D J Clue
Amil
Amil
Ja Rule
Ja Rule
Damon Dash
Damon Dash

Crew

Director
Chris Fiore

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity.
Available on DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Music