Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Reviews

August 23, 2018
Achieves what it set out to do - to revaluate rap as an art form in its own right. However, it sadly fails to do so in an entertaining, visually-innovative or interesting manner.
September 8, 2013
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
January 22, 2013
September 27, 2012
Fantastic hip-hop documentary has profanity, some drug use.
July 22, 2012
It's an insider's celebration of the form, studded with straight-to-camera rhymesmithery from its best practitioners.
July 22, 2012
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.
July 19, 2012
All fascinating stuff if a little repetitive and rambling but definitely one for fans.
July 19, 2012
It's hard not to like a film so in love with its subject matter, or boasting such an incredible soundtrack.
July 19, 2012
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.
July 19, 2012
Preaching to the choir, but that's no bad thing.
July 19, 2012
Watchable documentary that showcases some impressive a cappella rap performances and provides the occasional amusing anecdote...
July 18, 2012
A very enjoyable and often fascinating movie.
July 17, 2012
There's no faulting the lyrical excellence on display. These guys are legends for a reason.
July 15, 2012
An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right.
July 15, 2012
It's likely to be fascinating if you are a hip hop fan, but almost wilfully unilluminating if you aren't.
July 9, 2012
Freestyle, funny but finally just too repetitive, Ice's affectionate home-movie needed someone to structure it into a deeper documentary.
June 27, 2012
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.
June 18, 2012
Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest.
June 18, 2012
Rap aficionados will find plenty to appreciate in this tribute, not to mention some powerful on-camera freestyles.
June 15, 2012
Essential viewing and a nice companion piece to "Wild Style," "Style Wars" and other key hip-hop documentaries.