Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's no faulting the lyrical excellence on display. These guys are legends for a reason."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"In his debut as a documentarian, Ice T creates a vibrant portrait of how and why rap came to be."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"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"
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"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."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"This is a film that does sweat the technique, with at times illuminating and spirited results."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Fantastic hip-hop documentary has profanity, some drug use."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"All fascinating stuff if a little repetitive and rambling but definitely one for fans."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Preaching to the choir, but that's no bad thing."
‑ Sherwyn Spencer, Little White Lies
"Essential viewing and a nice companion piece to "Wild Style," "Style Wars" and other key hip-hop documentaries."
‑ Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It's an insider's celebration of the form, studded with straight-to-camera rhymesmithery from its best practitioners."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It's hard not to like a film so in love with its subject matter, or boasting such an incredible soundtrack."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"Watchable documentary that showcases some impressive a cappella rap performances and provides the occasional amusing anecdote..."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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