Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)
Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performers' insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard a cappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Despite its relative shortcomings, the film is a must see for anybody like me who worships the golden era of hip-hop where the artists actually had something to say
It's an insider's celebration of the form, studded with straight-to-camera rhymesmithery from its best practitioners.
What they don't talk about, on Ice-T's specific instructions, are the moral, social and psychological aspects of the art, and there's little on how rap relates to other forms of black music such as jazz, gospel or the blues.
All fascinating stuff if a little repetitive and rambling but definitely one for fans.
It's hard not to like a film so in love with its subject matter, or boasting such an incredible soundtrack.
The film is educative, entertaining, in almost all senses a blast. Your body is left in your seat while your soul is blown to the back of the auditorium.
Watchable documentary that showcases some impressive a cappella rap performances and provides the occasional amusing anecdote...
There's no faulting the lyrical excellence on display. These guys are legends for a reason.
An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right.
It's likely to be fascinating if you are a hip hop fan, but almost wilfully unilluminating if you aren't.
Freestyle, funny but finally just too repetitive, Ice's affectionate home-movie needed someone to structure it into a deeper documentary.
Hardly definitive (where's Houston and Memphis, and why are MC Lyte and Salt the only females represented?), the movie is nonetheless fascinating for fans, as rappers break down their writing techniques for Ice-T's cameras.
Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest.
Rap aficionados will find plenty to appreciate in this tribute, not to mention some powerful on-camera freestyles.
Essential viewing and a nice companion piece to "Wild Style," "Style Wars" and other key hip-hop documentaries.
In his debut as a documentarian, Ice T creates a vibrant portrait of how and why rap came to be.
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