“In his debut as a documentarian, Ice – T creates a vibrant portrait of how and why rap came to be.”
– New York Post
The craft. The history. The power. All these elements of the hip-hop movement are discussed with director Ice-T and the legends he interviews like Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, and Ice Cube in this compelling and gritty feature-length documentary.
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 often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard a cappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.
An Official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP explores and pays tribute to this most original American art form. Also, it was nominated for Best Movie at the BET Awards.