Following Jay-Z's 1999 "Hard Knock Life" tour, which was the highest-grossing hip-hop tour to date at that time. The movie includes plenty of live footage of performances by Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, and Redman, as well as other rappers on Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella music label, along wtih a behind-the-scenes look at what went into organizing the tour.
"...BACKSTAGE moves at a fast clip and is surprisingly slick..." (USA Today)
"...Casts a keen, observant eye on [the rap] world." (New York Times)
"...It delivers the stars in unguarded moments that should give fans -- if not everyone -- some kicks..." (Los Angeles Times)