Rhyme & Reason is a 1997 documentary film about rap and hip hop. Documentary filmmaker Peter Spirer interviewed over 80 significant artists in rap and hip hop music. The film explores the history of hip hop culture, how rap evolved to become a major cultural voice (and a multi-billion dollar industry), and what the artists have to say about the music's often controversial images and reputation. Interview subjects range from veteran old-school rappers, such as Kurtis Blow, KRS-One and Chuck D, to rap icons Ice-T, Dr. Dre, and MC Eiht, to several current rap hitmakers, including Wu-Tang Clan, Tupac Shakur, and The Notorious B.I.G., less than four days before he was murdered.

Rhyme & Reason
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Spirer
Produced byDaniel Sollinger
Edited byAndy Robertson
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • March 5, 1997 (1997-03-05) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was released to 280 theaters, earning $1,608,277 during its theatrical run.

On November 25, 2021, Rolling Stone published an article titled '70 Greatest Music Documentaries of All Time'; Rhyme & Reason was ranked 35th.[1]

Subject matter edit

The following artists were interviewed in the documentary:

Soundtrack edit

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
1997 Rhyme & Reason
  • Released: January 14, 1997
  • Label: Priority
16 1

References edit

  1. ^ Shteamer, Tim Grierson,Sam Adams,Eric Hynes,David Fear,Jason Newman,Kory Grow,David Browne,Jon Dolan,Andy Greene,Hank; Grierson, Tim; Adams, Sam; Hynes, Eric; Fear, David; Newman, Jason; Grow, Kory; Browne, David; Dolan, Jon (2021-11-25). "40 Greatest Rock Documentaries". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2022-01-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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