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The craft. The history. The power. All these elements of the hip-hop movement are discussed with director Ice-T and the legends he interviews-Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC and Ice Cube-in this compelling and gritty feature-length documentary.

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  • Actors: Ice - T, Snoop Dogg
  • Directors: Ice - T
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: VIVD1
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSLYO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Great movie- really enjoyed the interviews.
Steppyfoot
This is one of the best hip-hop documentaries I've seen, both in the range of artists it interviews and the information it gives to you.
Beezy
If this kinda thing interests you I recommend whoever reads this review to buy and own.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Beezy on August 13, 2012
Format: DVD
This is one of the best hip-hop documentaries I've seen, both in the range of artists it interviews and the information it gives to you.

It's kind of like a companion to the book which came out a few years ago, where they got hold of around 100 MCs (many of the same people in this documentary + more), this is the one I mean -
How to Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC

...so this documentary is like additional knowledge to go along with that book, and obviously you get to see some nice freestyles and everything on the screen with this.

It's great that people are finally documenting the actual CRAFT of MCing, rather than either trying to attack it in some way without knowing anything about it, or just talking "around" the art form, by focusing on stuff like the socio-political background... that stuff is important, but not at the expense of a thorough discussion and preservation of the actual creation of the music, which is what this documentary focuses on.

Definitely worth watching and an awesome addition to the growing body of work on the creation of hip-hop music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ASking on December 5, 2012
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Coming up literally around the corner from Kid and Play, Eric B and various hip hop artists in Queens, NY, I was really amazed by the information about creation and artistry that is Hip Hop from the mouths of those who make it. Ice is THE perfect host for this documentary and the variety of his panel of performers, nay, ARTISTS was excellent.

I worked in the biz for more than a minute and can tell you - there ain't nothing like Hip Hop music. Rap is one aspect... but I consider Rap as a noun to be record company directed music coming from a performer. This film reinforces what I know - and was glad to share the experience with my 14 year-old, who knew most of the words to many of these classics. She was WAYYY surprised to hear first hand the roots of the soundtrack to her father's childhood (and some of her lullabies). Though raw at times (for the kiddies), it is real. Made me dust off my crates and start listening to the classics again - on vinyl!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MoultonHawk on March 26, 2013
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I'm a white dude from the 'burbs, few of my peers listened to it, but I love it. This is my high school years' anthem.

I enjoyed it. The cinematography was excellent, the long list of rap stars was impressive, and the fact that they did this are all huge pluses.

However, Ice-T was not the right guy for the job, he's just not much of an interviewer, I wish Fab 5 Freddy was still alive he would have made this a 10/10. It also seems like he just can't remember much of anything from which ever rapper he was interviewing. He honestly at times of the movie seems like a casual fan, which of course he's not, he's made, and had some great hits, but damn' he barely named any of the rappers he was interviweings hits, he'd say remember the one beat da da da, yea yea, I'm like really ? I guess he just forgot, he's pretty far removed.

Doug E Fresh looks exactly the same, and beat boxing like he's still in his prime, and 'Ye killed his spot, caught fire, that dude is crazy but brilliant.

They went from New York to Cali in the movie they should have went the other way around, the new york stuff was gold. As well they gave Eminem like the biggest spot, I'm like dude Em is talented, but I haven't bought one of his CD's, these other dudes are legends and you barely spoke to them for 2 minutes each.

All that being said any old school rap fan needs to see this, it's only .99 on demand atm. The stuff today just isn't on this level, this 80's early 90's rap was just gold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on August 13, 2013
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Hip-hop veteran Ice-T travels across the country, from New York to LA, and interviews a variety of hip-hop artist. The result is this engaging documentary "Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap" directed by Ice-T and co-directed by Andy Baybutt.

Those who are interested in the social and historical aspect of the music, like where hip-hop/rap music came from, will be disappointed. As the film's title says (and Ice-T himself states at the beginning of the film), the documentary is mainly about the skills of the artists.

There is no "archival footage" here. The interviewees engage in conversation with Ice-T, and give us their thoughts about hip-hop, sometimes offering you glimpses of their creative process. Not everyone is interesting, I must say, but what these artists say is often revealing and insightful, accompanied with nice a cappella hip-hop performances. Some episodes they give are hilarious, making up for the occasional dull moments. What do you do if you forget lyrics during shows? Ice-T shows you a few tricks.

"Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap" is more like a tribute to hip-hop music than a documentary, and as such it delivers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annette Villarreal on April 12, 2013
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Great documentary on the art of the rap, how it started, how rappers/mcs gather their thoughts, writing styles, beats etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Tasneem Feels Dobbs on December 31, 2012
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the strongest hip hop documentry
we can love hip hops growth we can dream to develop and create
and the best part is we can see and hear our artist out side of the music videos we can hear our music and the go listen.
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