Hop from its conception has been about the
battle. Whether on or off the
stage, the battle represents two (at
least) entities going at it hard for
the respect of the streets. Some of the
battles are legendary and made the state
of Hip Hop today and that’s where
Beef comes in.
Beef, narrated by actor Ving Rhames
and executive produced by Quincy “QD3” Jones,
III breaks down some of the legendary
battles like MC Shan vs. KRS One, Kool
Moe Dee vs. Busy Bee, Ice Cube vs. N.W.A.
as well as 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule and The
Bad Boy/Death Row fiasco.
This documentary gives you interviews
with the stars and the observers and
helps the bystander understand what really
You get to hear about a rather unheard
of New York crew that had beef with Prodigy
and the rest of The Infamous Mobb.
Remember Common vs. Ice Cube?
Biggie and Tupac?
The graphics are great on this film
you can tell Clay Lipsky is really talented
as the graphics transport you to the
The 15 chapter DVD is 103 minutes and
also features The Uncut Nate Dogg Golf
Club incident, Damon Dash and the French
Pimps incident, MC Supernatural freestylin'
on Beef, A Beef 2 Trailer and other QD3
The film does shed light on the earlier
battles and does have some footage of
the people involved and around although
a good portion of it is from footage
not made for the film specifically. Also
this film doesn’t really get into
the more recent battles like Jay vs.
Nas that in depth. I think that’s
because they are trying to cover so much
The film is good if you’re a novice
in Hip Hop but not if you are on a higher
level. At the end you will feel like
something was missing.
Overall this film score is 3 globes.
I encourage people to see it if you only
know of the last seven years of Hip Hop/Rap
because it does give history but I think
the history of beef should have been
a 3 disk set for the nineties alone.
This movie just doesn’t give you
that complete feeling after it. It feels