Platinum-Selling Beef earned critical and popular success by exploring the history and evolution of verbal warfare in Hip Hop. From Busy Bee and Kool Moe Dee to 50 Cent and Ja Rule, artists got more and more personal, and ... more »their attacks became less and less about the music. From the Wax to the Streets, Beef brought those underground and sometimes violent beefs to your living room. Beef II continues that tradition of thoughtful, unbiased and entertaining Hip Hop journalism by bringing the new beefs in the game as artists call out the real gangstas in hip hop. From labels and lawyers to managers and media. Beef II captures the battles that often rage behind the scenes in the music business. The increasing popularity, profitability and commercialization of rap music has irrevocably changed the tradition of battling within Hip Hop culture. The true Hip Hop battle is no longer a fight to prove one's skills, but a fight to survive in this Billion Dollar Hip Hop Industry. Beef II features interviews with 50 Cent, D12, Redman, Method Man, Canibus, Royce Da 5'9", KRS-One, Nelly, Ice Cube, Mack 10, Cypress Hill, DMX, K-Solo, Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Parrish Smith, Kool Moe Dee, Angie Martinez, DJ KaySlay, Big Daddy Kane, Davey D, Cold Crush BroTHERs, Marley Marl, Roxanne Shante, Kangol Kid, Kevin Powell, Afeni Shakur and exclusive archival footage of Eminem, LL Cool J, Westside Connection, cypress hill and others. Beef II is a must-own for any true fan or follower of Hip Hop!« less
BARBARA M. from OAK PARK, MI Reviewed on 8/23/2008...
very interesting & informative movie about the battles of rap in the music business back in the day.
Good, But Not Up To Expectatcions
Judson 1 | Texas | 09/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Not having seen the first Beef, Beef II is not quite what it is expected to be. You expect to hear full battle raps or the punch line to a battle that you make you say, "DAMN!!! He ripped a new one!!!" This only happens with Canibus and LL, in which LL got wooped, but being who he is, didn't losing credit or status. The Beef series is a good way to understand why battles occur and why friends become foes (Eric & P of EPMD, Eminem & Royce da 5'9"). It also shows that you can solve problems man to man (Ice Cube & B-Real (Cypress Hill). I would recommend this dVd to everyone. It is a good buy, but when it's over, you feel like there should be more to it. So buy Beef II and get Beef I, sit down and take a history class on Hip-Hop."
Alright DVD, i enjoyed Beef 1 better
ThaHed | Dallas, TX | 12/14/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I highly anticpated this and i ordered it of of sandbox automatic, hoping that i would get another enjoyable experience of beefs in hip hop like i did in the original. It turns out that Beef 2 doesn't have the same spark as the first one and the interviews with hip hop artists are from the same interview as in beef one, not the same words, but taken from the same interview, more interviews with different artists could have helped instead of mostly the same artist being interviewed besides two second scenes Saigon, Onyx, Redman,Method Man, Angie Martinez and such. They still have huge amounts of time with interviews with KRS-One,Big Daddy Kane, and Ice-T, the KRS-One interviews he gets out of control, which is entertaining and i have had huge amounts of laughter over the KRS-One footage with him being interviewd, but in the end they did some good jobs and some lazy footage. I didn't enjoy the Roxanne Shante peice much, but i liked the Cypress Hill Vs. Westside Connection, it helped me learn about the beef i didn't no much about it. I don't know if the EPMD beef was nessecary it wasn't like Erick and Parrish lyrical dissed each other or anything but was interesting. The LL Cool J Vs. Canibus was appealing, as Canibus is one of my favorite Emcee's of all time and they breakdown the "4,3,2,1" story. The DMX Vs. K-Solo was dissapointing, although, K-Solo had some hot bars in the middle of the dvd, the lie detector test was stupid. The KRS-One Vs. Nelly was covered well a Nelly interview could have been better, instead of a phone conversation. Finally the Royce Da 5'9" Vs. D-12 beef was the last one and it was good and all but there was no Eminem vocals or interviews speaking about it which could have made a difference it was just ugly Bizzare running of with the mouth and Proof speaking on the beef, views of the beef from the leader of D-12, Eminem could have helped and the DVD shouldn't have ended on 5'9" vs D-12, it ended like just when you where getting into it. Bonus Footage included the "Let's Go" video featuring KRS-One, Warren G and a Asian female emcee Lil'Ai and also you hear Violent J of ICP speak about a beef with Eminem and Grand Master Caz hilariously diss Big Bank Hank of Sugar Hill Gang who jacked Caz's lyrics on the classic "Rappers Delight". Overall Beef 1 was most definetley better, but Beef 2 is worth a look, if you are interested in details in any of the hop hop beefs i mentioned.
Know the history of the culture of hip hop
DJ I DA I | Maryland via New York | 04/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I find it very interesting that people rated this documentary so low. It's obvious that they are looking for something instead of accepting it for what it is. I applaud Q3 for his efforts because he kept it true to the culture of hip hop and its historic events.
The segment on "Roxanne" may be uninteresting to those who didn't live through that era, but those of us who did remember how large those records were and even though it was "Beef", it remained on record and never indicated the taking of anothers life. The younger generation is being drawn towards extreme violence because of what the music industry has done to hip hop in order to sell records.
Many have forgotten EPMD, (which is without a doubt, one of the all time greatest hip hop groups) and how "Business" ended their reign is given it's due in this segement. EPMD produced the Hit Squad (which would have rivaled the WU..yes I said it)Redman, Keith Murray, Das EFX, K-Solo, Molly G, with Sermon on the boards? Just think...
Ice Cube is a staple in hip hop history. The Cypress Hill "Beef" was major because of the magnitude of people that could have gotten involved. I can respect the Hill, but Cube has always been a Chameleon in hip hop. From the Bomb Squad to "hip hop started in the west"...Those who know..Know.
It goes on and on with through breakdown of several historic battles. The Nelly/KRS battle is the crux of hip hop's dilemia. The corporation/hip hop culture battle. The corporation has packaged hip hop into what the youth perceive it as...Nelly..when it is the culture of those that lived it that created hip hop...KRS. Who you believe won the battle determines which aspect of hip hop your connected to.
I failed to mention the LL/Canibus or the Royce 5'9/D12 issue, but they are done just as well. Perhaps the most ironic victor of all these battles is Roxanne Shante. You will have to see the DVD to understand my point.
Bottom line this is a wonderful addition to the first. All of these DVDs will be of the utmost importance as the years go by. Those of us that understand the "culture" understand that it needs to be maintained. Q3 has played his part in that. To the critics..what have you done?"
DJ I DA I | 12/02/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't as good as the first one but you still get some pretty good battles. The best one in my opinion is cypress hill vs. westside connection. Man that beef was vicious. Most of this dvd is about how bussines can turn former friends into bitter rivalries. You also see the roxanne battle, ice cube vs priority records, nelly vs. krs one and others. Well if you can find it at a video store and rent it first or find someone who has it and see it first before you buy it."
IT WAZ DA $HIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
G.Henry | Philadelphia | 10/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I Think this beef was less talk than the first one. Plus what i liked bout dis one iz, it was more on conflicts than just about talk. I liked the bonus beefs and alot of the beefs in da movie.
MOVIE BEEFS "KRS 1"-VS-"NELLY"-Krs Killed nelly,nelly iz a slut! "WESTSIDE CONNECTION"-VS-"CYPRESS HILL"-Squashed BONUS "Grandmaster Caz"-VS-"Big Bank Hank"-fUNNY "ICP"-VS-"Eminem"-ICP Deserved more attention "KRS 1"-VS-"P.M. DAWN"-The Best on the bonus"