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The MC: Why We Do It (2005)

"The MC: Why We Do It" explores the art of the MC from the unique point of view of todays top rap artists.


Peter Spirer

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Credited cast:
KRS-One ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
50 Cent ... Himself
Common ... Himself
Ghostface Killah ... Himself
Loco Gringo Loco Gringo ... Himself
Talib Kweli ... Himself
Method Man ... Himself
Mekhi Phifer ... Narrator
Raekwon ... Himself
Rakim Rakim ... Himself
Twista ... Himself
Kanye West ... Himself


"The MC: Why We Do It" takes a look inside the world of Hip Hop and MCs to explore the issues and concerns that define todays most popular music form. The MC started out as a mere introducer of musical acts, but when DJs began spinning tracks at block parties in the Bronx in the late 1970s, the MC began to rap along to the beats, emerging as the focal point of a new music form. The film not only explores the origins of MC'ing, but the environmental, spiritual and moral aspects to this art form. As Hip Hop turns 25 years old, MC's consider the past, present and future of their music, giving a unique insight into what drives these artists to continue spitting rhymes. Written by Iain Kennedy

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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug content






Release Date:

1 February 2005 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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QD3 Entertainment See more »
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So Incredible!!!
13 December 2005 | by danewelementSee all my reviews

This is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen on anything bar none!!! It transcends Hip Hop which is kind of odd to say considering Hip Hop in itself transcends all i.e. culture, music, race, beefs. I so thoroughly enjoyed this movie that the first thing I did this morning is recommend it to a friend of mine who is a true Hip Hop Head.

This movie goes into the history of the craft of MC'ing, how it started, who started it, who changed it, the differences between an MC and a rapper (please believe there is a difference), keeping it real or not to keep it real or is using one's imagination out of bounds.

I had no idea what I was in for upon renting this movie at B/B, all I know is Rakim was on the front(still the greatest in my eyes) and it was about MC'ing. See this movie!!! I guarantee you will not be disappointed. For anyone who doesn't about Hip-Hop or anyone who would like to learn more, this is it!

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