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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

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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


Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary


Sep 18, 2012


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There's no faulting the lyrical excellence on display. These guys are legends for a reason.

July 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest.

June 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Essential viewing and a nice companion piece to "Wild Style," "Style Wars" and other key hip-hop documentaries.

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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In his debut as a documentarian, Ice T creates a vibrant portrait of how and why rap came to be.

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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This is a film that does sweat the technique, with at times illuminating and spirited results.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

Fantastic hip-hop documentary has profanity, some drug use.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's an insider's celebration of the form, studded with straight-to-camera rhymesmithery from its best practitioners.

July 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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.

July 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

All fascinating stuff if a little repetitive and rambling but definitely one for fans.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It's hard not to like a film so in love with its subject matter, or boasting such an incredible soundtrack.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

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.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Preaching to the choir, but that's no bad thing.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Watchable documentary that showcases some impressive a cappella rap performances and provides the occasional amusing anecdote...

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A very enjoyable and often fascinating movie.

July 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's likely to be fascinating if you are a hip hop fan, but almost wilfully unilluminating if you aren't.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Freestyle, funny but finally just too repetitive, Ice's affectionate home-movie needed someone to structure it into a deeper documentary.

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Hardly definitive (where's Houston and Memphis, and why are MC Lyte and Salt the only females represented?), the movie is nonetheless fascinating for fans, as rappers break down their writing techniques for Ice-T's cameras.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comments (3)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Rap aficionados will find plenty to appreciate in this tribute, not to mention some powerful on-camera freestyles.

June 18, 2012 Full Review Source:

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    1. Dr. Dre: I'm a little bit tough in the studio, but everybody is happy once they come out of the booth.
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