Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Reviews

July 19, 2012
Preaching to the choir, but that's no bad thing.
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.
June 18, 2012
Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest.
June 15, 2012
Essential viewing and a nice companion piece to "Wild Style," "Style Wars" and other key hip-hop documentaries.
June 15, 2012
In his debut as a documentarian, Ice T creates a vibrant portrait of how and why rap came to be.
June 14, 2012
This is a film that does sweat the technique, with at times illuminating and spirited results.
June 14, 2012
The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous.
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.
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.
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.
January 22, 2012
An insightful film about the creative talents that have made hip-hop an original, enduring American musical tradition.