Documentary Tuesday: “The Show”


The 1990s was the decade when hip-hop went from an upstart subgenre to one of the most popular forms of music in the world. 1995, the halfway mark of that decade, was an important year for both the music and the culture.

In addition to the many classic albums released that year, a documentary took fans backstage, on the tour bus, and in the dressing room as artists discussed the music, the culture, and the industry.

In some ways, it’s a time capsule, showing Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre when they were still at Death Row, Wu-Tang still in its early years, and a larger than life The Notorious B.I.G. Over twenty years later, it’s still an illuminating look at where hip-hop was and where it was going.

Previously in Documentary Tuesday:

Room 237 | Exit Through the Gift Shop | The Death of Superman Lives | 30 for 30: The Price of Gold | Paradise Lost | 30 for 30 Short: The Deal – Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox | The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings | Imagine…From Pencils to Pixels | Behind the Music: Nirvana | Planet B-Boy | Soul Survivor | The Cheshire Murders | Sound and Vision | Welcome to Death Row | Einstein | 30 for 30: Broke | The Thin Blue Line | Surviving Alone in Alaska | American Meth | Born Rich | 30 for 30: No Crossover – The Trial of Allen Iverson | The Story of ‘The Day the Clown Cried | The True Story of Che Guevara |Stephen Hawking – A Brief History of Time | Style Wars | The Secret World of Lewis Carroll | The Imposter

Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, Medium, The Cauldron, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


One thought on “Documentary Tuesday: “The Show”

  1. I remember being in college (around ’97) and drunkenly walking into a gas station in Nebraska (I went to school right across the border in Iowa). I found an old VHS of this joint for two dollars and went apeshit! Spent my blunt money on it and when I made it back to my dorm, I watched it in a loop for a week straight. Great post on an old classic!


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