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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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Cast

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in The Daily Buzz: Episode dated 18 June 2012 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Breaks
Written by Robert Ford, James B. Moor, Lawrence Smith, Russell Simmons and Kurtis Blow
Performed by Kurtis Blow
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Lame don't bother
19 December 2012 | by steve-myerSee all my reviews

What could have been very interesting turned out to be a wasted 2 hours. Ice T had access to so many great rappers, but he failed to do anything with it. He didn't tell a story, the history or give Rap any perspective it played in revolutionizing music or culture whatsoever. What he did do, was basically just shoot the breeze with his buddies on TV. And when he chose to do it on a busy New York street corner he got upset with anyone who stopped by to say hello... really? Ice T is barely an actor and for sure he's not a good interviewer. He ought to stick to what he excels at: Rap music; nothing more, nothing less.

Don't waste your time with this one.


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