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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

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Plot Summary

Visually luscious and drenched with the big beats of classic cuts and freestyle rhyming by some of the masters of the music, SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a performance documentary about the runaway juggernaut that is Hip-Hop. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast is Ice-T, who takes us on a personal journey into the asphalt roots of the music that saved his life. This film is not about stardom, bling, or beef; it's about the craft and skill - what goes on inside the minds and erupts from the lips of rap legends. Ice-T travels from coast to coast, engaging intimately with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, and Ice Cube. The film features original rapping and some classic never heard before a cappellas from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a mighty soul tribute to the original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is a film that does sweat the technique, with at times illuminating and spirited results. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Jun 14, 2012

Fresh: An insightful film about the creative talents that have made hip-hop an original, enduring American musical tradition. – Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 22, 2012

Fresh: Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Jun 18, 2012

Fresh: The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 14, 2012

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Customer Reviews

It's going to be a good movie

It's going to be a good movie well because it has EMIN3M period.

Rap Education

I saw this movie in the theater. I've always had a deep love for rap and hip hop as a culture, but have been disappointed with the direction it is going. Ice-T has created a film that could bring rap and hip hop back to true greatness as an art form. This movie will spawn some truly original an talented rappers to come in the near future. A must watch for everyone not just fans of rap and hip hop culture.

Too much use of the "n" word

Can't they talk about the past without using it.

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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