Director: Brian Robbins
By its simplest definition, The Show is a documentary filled with performers talking about their music in preparation for a hip-hop show. But with with a diverse line-up of past and present rap elite, including Craig Mack, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Method Man, Run-D.M.C., Slick RIck (imprisoned at Riker's Island at the time), Wu-Tang Clan, Warren G., and, of course, Notorious B.I.G., The Show is far from simplistic viewing.
Director Brian Robbins' flick is an impactful collage of legends weighing in on the very nature of hip-hop. Through myriad interviews, we get a real glimpse both behind the music and into the industry's inner workings (i.e.: hip-hop's commercialization). Def Jam founder Russell Simmons' narration brings cohesiveness and insight, making the film's ultimate message clear: Hip-hop will always be a labor of love, not just a business.