Ice-T’s documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap hits theaters next Friday (June 15) and many Hip-Hop heavyweights of past and present are in it. Kanye, Eminem, KRS-ONE, Nas, Snoop Dogg, MC Lyte, and Ice Cube are some of the subjects and commentators.
We’ve had lots of docs over the years focusing on individual rappers or Hip-Hop groups (Lil Wayne’s The Carter, and Beats, Rhymes & Life on A Tribe Called Quest) but I expect Ice-T’s work to really stand out as one that attempts to create a portrait of Rap culture as a whole, or even as an arc that began at one point, and has arrived at another, making and re-making history along the way. Peep the trailer:
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
From what I understand about the film’s presentation, Ice has conducted a number of interviews with rappers he’s known both personally and professionally. Each artist describes his own personal art of rapping– how he writes (if he writes or freestyles his lyrics) and his personal relationship to the music. Eminem speaks about his emergence into rap from all the way on “the other side of the tracks” and Kanye shares memories of his first rap battles. And of course there’s the good stuff, with ample discussion of the ‘money, hoes, and clothes’ that populate many a rapper’s daily life.
I’m beyond excited about this. Not so much the groupie talk, but the exploration of rap and its lyrical composition as a an art form and a methodology that varies from artist to artist. I didn’t get to see the movie at TriBeCa, but I’ve heard good things about it as its made its way through the festival circuit and can’t wait to see it.
Share your thoughts on the trailer in the comments! Can Ice-T go from pimp to rapper to SVU cop to reality star, to documentarian? I think so.
Go Inside The Art of Rap on Jay-Z’s blog Life + Times
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