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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 17, 2012
There's no faulting the lyrical excellence on display. These guys are legends for a reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
June 18, 2012
Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest.
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 15, 2012
Essential viewing and a nice companion piece to "Wild Style," "Style Wars" and other key hip-hop documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
June 15, 2012
In his debut as a documentarian, Ice T creates a vibrant portrait of how and why rap came to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
June 14, 2012
This is a film that does sweat the technique, with at times illuminating and spirited results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2012
The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 14, 2012
The faces and voices are endlessly compelling as they talk about what inspires them to lay down beats and recall the early days in New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 12, 2012
There's a discipline to moviemaking, too, alas, and when this effort strays from its (admittedly limited) subject to a surfeit of helicopter city shots and Ice's street prowling, it feels padded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 23, 2012
Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap argues persuasively that hip hop can be disarmingly friendly, as well as an invaluable tool for social criticism and self-expression.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2012
An insightful film about the creative talents that have made hip-hop an original, enduring American musical tradition.