Featuring the always hilarious animation style that mixes cartoon backgrounds and bodies with photographed heads, Behind the Music That Sucks
is a treat for both enthusiasts and haters of VH1's biography series Behind the Music
. Volume 4 focuses on the often ridiculous personas of hip-hop artists. From the overly glam Puff Daddy to the angry rantings of Eminem, these rap stars are mocked like there is no tomorrow; this entry also makes sure not to leave out Dr. Dre, Will Smith, Limp Bizkit, and even Insane Clown Posse.
These crudely drawn animations, which place photos of famous faces atop sketchily drawn animated bodies and put rude words in their hinge-jawed mouths, are never quite as funny as their creators seem to think, though they occasionally come up with an amusing concept. Their sole purpose is to ridicule popular music figures (in this case, rappers and hip-hoppers) by pointing out their lack of talent and their bad social habits. Which, with this group, doesn't take much. One of the few redeeming features is the way each musician (including Limp Bizkit, LL Cool J, Kid Rock, and Insane Clown Posse) has his story told as though it were part of a different pop-culture touch point. Thus, Will Smith's career is turned into a blistering Forrest Gump
send-up, while Dr. Dre becomes a stand-in for Charlie Brown, with Suge Knight, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem as the other "Peanuts" characters. --Marshall Fine