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

The art of rap

is the first ice-t film,

and I really felt

I had to do this movie,

because rap music

saved my life.

When I first heard rap,

it just blew my mind.

I ended up coming to new york

and met with the masters,

and they told me one thing.

Rap music requires skill.

This film

isn't about the money,

the cars, the jewelry,

the girls.

This film

is about the craft,

what it takes

to write a rap,

what goes on

inside the head of the masters.

We go from south bronx

all the way to the west coast.

This shows you

how powerful rap music is,

how it's changed the world.

This isn't a game.

This is the art of rap.

Okay, the first time

I ever tried to rhyme

was kurtis blow,

okay, had a record,

these are the breaks,

and on the back,

instead of calling it the instrumental,

they called it the

do-it-yourself version.


And so you

were supposed to...

That's so dope.

That's so dope.

You were supposed

to try to make your own fucking rhyme.

So me and my man, yo,

we go

to the record store.

We buy the record.

We go to his house.

You know, we play

the original shit.

Then we flip it over

to the do-it-yourself version.

Yo, we played that shit.

Yo, we just starting

at the shit.

Yo, we could

not figure out how the f*ck...

Where to begin. Like,

you know what I mean?

Like, "how do

you do this?"

Like, and we...

Ended up that day

not doing nothing,

like, you know

what I mean?

Yo, it was crazy.

But I think what

taught me how to rhyme

was being

such a fan, okay?

That's like the best rap story

I ever fucking heard.

Yo, being...


Getting ready,

standing there,

put it on,

and go, "the f*ck?"

You know what I mean?

You got your mouth...

You know what I mean?

"I don't know

what the f*ck to say.

How do they do that?"


you know what I mean?

"How is he doing that?"

So then, pow, and I

think my first rhyme...

'Cause at that time,

I think my name

was, like, kid magic

or some shit like that, okay?

And it was...

I was like, uh...

I think

I remember a little. I'm like,

I'm the kid magic

with the magical touch

Young ladies,

you know I'm just too much

With my magical wand,

I could cast a spell

Cut circles

round flash...

'Cause I was still

on some dj shit. Right.

And make him

go to hell

I'm the one mc

with the wizardry

Just rocking the house

for all the ladies

You know what I mean?

That's when niggas

rhymed like that,

you know what I mean?

Niggas broke out

in a goddamn rage

I even think I seen

a sawed-off gauge

But, homie, I was sent

from hell, not heaven

I broke out with

a chrome-plated .357

And the name of the game

is simply survival

At end of the night,

And me and partners,

we was gone like the winds

Police blamed it

on the crips or the brims

But some niggas knew

in the corner in the dark

Them crazy niggas

reside in triangle park

They go by the name

of brunette zel and trey

And they belong

to the association called the epa

And that's when

we called ourselves

the eliminators

pimping association.

I be trying that

all the time.

Now, now, this is... this...

I was doing this, just how

I entertained you, pre-rap.

I had never heard rap.

So I'm in the army,

and rap came out,

and I'm like,

"I could do that."

But then I tried

to do that type of...

That rhyme over beats.

It's not made for beats.


And I just

started to try

to write shit

within the beat,

and then I came home

from the army,

and I wanted to be a dj,

but I found out I would

get more love on the mic.

I was getting

more attention.

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