Rhyme & Reason

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Rhyme & Reason

In honor of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary, we’re revisiting Peter Spirer’s monumental 1997 documentary Rhyme & Reason. Featuring over 80 interviews with rappers and DJs, Rhyme & Reason retraces the history of the art form, from its birth in the Bronx to the new heights it reached in just a few decades. The film covers topics both popular and thorny, examining the inspirations behind some of Hip Hop’s hitmakers, while also questioning issues of gender equity and financial inequality in the music business. The documentary features interviews with artists like Chuck D, Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Salt-N-Pepa, Sean Combs, RZA, Wu-Tang Clan, and many, many more. 

Tickets: $11 (members), $16 (nonmembers)

"An entertaining, perceptive documentary."
Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club
"Spirer’s gleefully ambitious feature debut is a wild roller coaster of a ride that touches on virtually every aspect of hip-hop."
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

This film is part of the Sounds of Summer 2023 series.

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