Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
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Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling, to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap.Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performer's insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard a cappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.
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Decent documentary. But the interview-then-acapella-freestyle format gets old sooner than you want, cuz (1) too many Q&As ain't illuminating and (2) most freestyles ain't interesting lyrically, rhythmically, structurally and content-wise.
Also, there's a lotta genius absent. E.g., Slick Rick, Bahamadia, L-Boogie, TCQ, Busta, Meth, Brand Nubian (Puba & Sadat), Outkast, Pharcyde, Jay, Talib, Latifah.
RIPs at the end is a nice touch though.
Bottom Line On Top: This is worth checking out. But there's at least one more hopefully definitive documentary on emceeing to be made.
lemonade was a popular drink and it still is!!!
This one is a Classic Motion picture slash Documentary!!
Its what hip hop music does... Gives back to its fans and supporters.
Eminen. KrsONE... Qtip...Snoop dogg..DrDRE
ICE TEA obviously... I was looking for FAT JOE but that's on PART TWO
so get part ONE you guys!!! a must have ... a must Grab... something Great so be Grateful!!
It is not just a concert of rappers.
Ice-T doing the work on this as the voice behind the scenes and the face of introducing the artist and their contribution. Funny, they all seem to have a some sort of connection with one another, either by collaboration some where down the line or an influence in each others contribution of taking it to yet another level.