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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Ice-T
Ice Cube
Chuck D
Dr. Dre
Eminem
Melle Mel.
Directors
Ice-T
Andy Baybutt.
Screenwriters
Running Time
111 minutes

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Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap
Ice-T's bass odyssey


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Plot
Ice-T's documentary is neither a history of rap nor an investigation into its association with gangs and the like. Instead, the pioneer gangster rapper explores the origins of the music genre, primarily by asking contemporaries like Eminem and Dr Dre about what they, as rappers, strive for - their topics, their standards, their influences, their writing and improvising and how they hope to inspire future rappers.


Review
Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap
It's a clunky title but an apt one, as Ice-T’s documentary is less interested in hip-hop’s associated gangs, gals, bullets and bling than the music’s origin and influence, art and craft. An original gangster himself, Ice-T interviews an array of pioneers and hip-hop stars, many of whom give live performances to go with their words. "Hip-hop didn’t invent anything, but it re-invented everything,” says Grandmaster Caz, explaining that rap gave a voice and an identity to a disenfranchised people. A fascinating exploration of a misunderstood genre.


Verdict
An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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