Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)



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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 … More

Rating: R (for pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug content)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Box Office: $0.3M
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Critic Reviews for Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

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

Full Review… | July 17, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Essential viewing and a nice companion piece to "Wild Style," "Style Wars" and other key hip-hop documentaries.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

In his debut as a documentarian, Ice T creates a vibrant portrait of how and why rap came to be.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

This is a film that does sweat the technique, with at times illuminating and spirited results.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap


This movie is a who's who of Hip-Hop, explaining their craft. This is a documentary that anyone that loves rap needs to watch. I just wish that there would be a way to buy the outtakes, as there were so many rappers in this documentary.


Eric B and Rakim taught us not to sweat the technique but the point of this documentary is to sweat it profusely. Ice-T tries to get into every rapper's head that he talks to and tries to dissect the process that each one comes up with in writing lyrics (which you can imagine is as different as every rapper he talks to) and how they react when they hear a great rhyme from another MC. A labor of love that looks into the craft of the biggest pillar of hip hop....providing glimpses of what hip hop was about and ,hopefully, provides a guiding light on where it should be going.

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