Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap Synopsis
Ice-T travels coast to coast interviewing rap performers to pay tribute to the musical art form.
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The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
With a very simple premise, rapper Ice-T – this film's presenter and co-director with Andy Baybutt – has created a very enjoyable and often...
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By David Hughes
An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Kevin C. Johnson
Ice-T delivers a love letter to hip-hop with Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap.
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San Francisco Chronicle

The Art of Rap was made by a hip-hop fiend for hip-hop fiends. I fit the description, and it's difficult for me to approach the film as an...
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The Hollywood Reporter

An insightful film about the creative talents that have made hip-hop an original, enduring American musical tradition.
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New York Post

T's formulaic interview style gives the proceedings a bit of a student-project vibe - perhaps understandable for a guy who clearly thinks...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous.
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Total Film

By Jonathan Crocker
Freestyle, funny but finally just too repetitive, Ice's affectionate home-movie needed someone to structure it into a deeper documentary.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The general takeaway, occasionally swaddled in pot clouds and boisterous laughter, is that verse-slinging requires serious thought and...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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...
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Hip Hop

By melissadoble
Didn't think I could fall more in love with Hip Hop but after watching this wow never been more in love with it!! Made for Hip Hop Junkies....

Love, Love, LOVED It

By lameishasherri
Enlightening, Engaging and Entertaining: just three words to describe the quality of this film. I have no complaints ... no "aw, how come they didn't do/say/show this that or the other". It's a MUST...

A True Representation of Hip Hop

By dideedyj007
If you want to get the real Hip Hop you must seen this film I loved every take almost to tears being reminded of real Rap and the real artist that made it happen much love to Ice T....

Excellent especially if you don't know rap

By Chicago_48
I am old school (Teddy, Teena, Aretha) and rap is not something I can get into. What rappers I know about are Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow and Run-DMC, but I never really got into the lyrics....

Wish it was longer...

By BBKG1979
EXCELLENT... just wish it was longer, I could watch a movie like this all day everyday. I know Ice tried to get ahold of several people but couldn't or had to edit out a lot. This definitely takes...

A must-see for any fans of rap music

By umjames
Ice-T interviews a lot of fundamental rap artists from the 70s/80s through now, particularly artists from NYC, Detroit, and LA. I'd love to see a sequel to this movie that includes artists from other...

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By breazytaylor

Truly insightful

By LWentt

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Rated R | For Pervasive Language, Some Drug Content and Sexual References
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Fantastic hip-hop documentary has profanity, some drug use.
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