Backstage (2000)




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In 1998, rapper Jay-Z's third album, Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life made him one of hip-hop's biggest crossover acts, with the single "Hard Knock Life" becoming a major hit on radio and the sales charts. In 1999, Jay-Z, who also runs the hip-hop oriented Rock-A-Fella Records label, launched a major concert tour, in which he joined forces with fellow rappers Method Man, DMX, and Redman for a road trip that packed halls at 54 shows in two months, earning $18 million at the turnstiles. This documentary takes a close look at the music Jay-Z and his friends created onstage, as well as their adventures -- both positive and negative -- as they take one of rap's biggest shows on the road. Hard Knock Life Tour also features new music from The Lox, Memphis Bleek, and T-Boz from the R&B group TLC. Incidentally, if the title sounds a bit familiar to non-rap fans, it may be because it was sampled from a song featured in the musical Annie.
R (for strong language, nudity and drug content)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Dimension Films

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Critic Reviews for Backstage

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

An astonishing number of shots are less than two seconds long

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | June 5, 2008
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August 21, 2007
New York Post
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Full Review… | May 11, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Backstage

I've seen this probably about 20 times. Based view of what goes on behind the scenes at concerts/tours. Crazy to look back and see where some of the artists were THEN, vs NOW...

Mohamed Hatfield
Mohamed Hatfield

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