Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

Synopsis: SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature length performance documentary about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast is the film's director and interviewer Ice-T. Taking us on a deeply personal journey Ice-T uncovers how this music of the street has grown to dominate the world. Along the way Ice-T meets a whole spectrum of Hip-Hop talent, from founders, to new faces, to the global superstars like Eminem, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. He exposes the roots and history of Rap and then, through meeting many of its most famous protagonists, studies the living mechanism of the music to reveal 'The Art Of Rap'. This extraordinary film features unique performances from the entire cast, without resorting to archive material, to build a fresh and surprising take on the phenomenon that is Rap.
Director(s): Ice-T, Andy Baybutt (co-director)
Production: Indomina Media
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

So I said, "f*ck it.

I'll write some rhymes."

And instead of carrying

them speakers around,

I would go from party

to party and just rap.

We created

something from nothing with hip-hop.

That's what

the whole spirit of hip-hop is,

see, 'cause...

'Cause it was at a time

when they were taking

instruments and shit

out the schools and all

of that type of shit.

See... see,

black people used to be pretty musical

back in the days.

Like a motherfucker...

It wasn't unusual

for a motherfucker

to know how to play

the piano or guitar

or some sort of horn

or some shit like that.

And at some point,

all of that shit was removed from us,

you know what I mean?

Through economics

and through...

You know what I mean?

Uh, cutting things

out of schools and all of that.

So they tried to take

the music from us, you know what I mean?

When we had

created an original american music,

which was jazz, okay?


So what did we do?

We had

no fucking instruments,

no horn, no drum,

we're living

in the fucking city, and all the...

We ain't got room

for that shit anyway up in the projects.

Where would a fucking...

You're... you're

huddled in that.

So what did we do?

We took the fucking

record player,

the only thing

that's playing music in our fucking crib,

and turned it

into an instrument,

which it wasn't

supposed to be.

Hold it now


Come on, come on


All right, go

Before rap was a game

Or hip-hop was a nation

Before lauryn hill

began her miseducation

Before milk was chillin'

or p.E. Brought the noise

Before heavy d & the boyz

Before the roof

caught on fire

Before fresh

was the word

Before whodini

and friends

And roxanne's revenge

Before the freaks

came out at night

Before say ho

Before the crash crew

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