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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

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About the Movie

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 Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, KRS-One, Afrika Bambaataa, and Run-DMC. 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: 27
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

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


Deep and so informative


I hope more films of this caliber are constructed. Put Jay-Z in the next one.


So is your mom