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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

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A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.

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Ice-T, Andy Baybutt (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Bun B ... Himself
B-Real ... Himself
Afrika Bambaataa ... Himself
Derek Barbosa ... Himself (as Chino XL)
Yasiin Bey ... Himself (as Mos Def)
Big Daddy Kane ... Himself
Kool Boy Kool Boy ... Himself
Joe Budden ... Himself
Busy Bee Busy Bee ... Himself
Cashout Chris Cashout Chris ... Himself
Chuck D ... Himself
Common ... Himself
Anthony 'Treach' Criss ... Himself
Dana Dane Dana Dane ... Himself
Feddie Demarco Feddie Demarco ... Himself
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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. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Music

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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug content | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Od ništa nešto: Umetnost repa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$150,337, 17 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$288,312, 1 July 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Connections

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Soundtracks

King of Beats
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The Art of Rap looks into the passion of the rhymes
22 September 2012 | by rgblakeySee all my reviews

Few styles of music have caused as much uproar as Hip Hop. Over the years there have been controversies, fights, and even death all in the name rap music. While not all is directly responsible, the feuds and storytelling in this music has led it to garner some attention that it may not always have wanted. Rap icon Ice-T steps into the director's chair for Art of Rap, his love letter to an industry that has defined a culture as well as numerous generations.

Art of Rap ignores the feuds and controversy and instead takes on the history and influence told through the new and old generation that have brought it to prominence. Featuring an all-star cast of some of the greatest to ever grab the mic including Run DMC, Treach, Snoop Dog, Eminem, B-Real, Dr. Dre, Doug E Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Melle Mel and countless others tells the story of hip hop through the eyes and voice of those that help create it. This film not only gives the music the respect it deserves, it also gives voice to the young and old members of this unique world to showcase their beginnings as well as influences in the industry. This isn't just a long documentary story of rap, but instead a series of interviews with Ice-T the pioneers of the industry that shows the intelligence and passion that these individuals truly have for this art.

In a world of pop music and unoriginality, this film takes an inside look at hip hop while giving it the respect it deserves. You don't have to be a fan of the music to recognize the talent that built it. The innovators and creators struggled to create this industry and use their pain and talent to tell their stories like no other creating an industry that doesn't always get the respect it deserves, but rest assured will never go away. Whether you love rap or not, you should sit down and experience this film to let these icons in the music industry to have their voice.

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