Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Friday the 15th of June saw the release of the highly anticipated documentary movie “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap”. A film produced and directed by legendary Hip Hop artist Ice T, the film was made with the aim of highlighting the forgotten craft of Hip Hop. Consisting of off the cuff freestyles and intimate stories told by some of the most influential, loved and skilled MC’s throughout raps history.
The film is almost two hours and will not only give viewers a thorough understanding of the art of rap, but also address some of the problems that are consider to be a hindrance to today’s rap culture.
Ice-T narrates the documentary while interviewing some of the masters of the artform.
The film also breaks down aspects of Hip Hop that some of today’s rap fans overlook but shouldn’t, including the differences between a rapper and an MC, the importance of originality, and the value of lyrics in a rap song.
The real treat of the film is the vast number of freestyles by some MCs we don’t usually see in such a raw light, such as Eminem who gives the formula to how he writes his rhymes.
Kanye West, who shares an embarrassing story of how he lost his first rap battle and the likes of MC Lyte, Redman, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Bun B, Ice Cube and many others collectively school us on the art of rap and what inspires them to do what they do.
It’s safe to say we’ll be watching Ice-T’s debut film when it releases tomorrow, because it looks like a movie that will help viewers fall in love with the genre again. For aspiring rappers the world over it will surely be worth more than your average movie ticket.