The film, Rhyme & Reason, is about the world of hip-hop as of 1997 and it's about the reason it has become so popular over the years. The movie also goes on to talk about what the future holds for the industry of hip-hop and its musicians. Filmmaker, Peter Spirer, interviewed many hip-hop artists to see what their opinion is on why hip-hop is the way it does. The people who believe in hip-hop see it as a way of life for the people who struggle with daily life. The roots of hip-hop started as a way for black people to fight for freedom, and a way for blacks to get some dignity against crime and poverty.
There were many artists that made an appearance in the documentary; however, some of the more popular signers include: Cypress Hill, Sean "Puffy" Combs, James Dupri, Ice-T, Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre and Wu-Tag Clan. Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G died shortly after the filming for the movie ended. You also see some new faces to the industry; however, they give valuable insight about hip-hop through out the film. The hip-hop artists are sometimes in a band, and the hip-hop artists are sometimes in a solo singer. The overall tone and feel of the music can differ depending on which artist you're talking about.
The film, Rhyme & Reason, shows the history of the industry, and the way the industry developed a cultural voice over the years. In total, there are over eighty artists that make an appearance in the movie. In addition, the rappers weigh in on controversy that has surrounded the industry as it has been surrounded by controversy for many years. The documentary is rated "R" due to language and violent scenes.