Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap + Live Performances From Ice-T, Chuck D, Melle Mel And Raekwon: Live Satellite Transmission
Directed by: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt
The plot: Documentary about the men and women who propelled rap into the musical mainstream. Almost 50 interview subjects are shoe-horned into 111 minutes, from old skool legend Grandmaster Caz, who surmises, "Hip hop didn't invent anything, hip hop re-invented everything!" to a typically chilled Snoop Dogg. Popular figures like 50 Cent, Jay-Z and Queen Latifah don't warrant a mention but the film embraces other icons including Chuck D from Public Enemy, Q-Tip and Eminem.
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"An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right."
"Freestyle, funny but finally just too repetitive, Ice's affectionate home-movie needed someone to structure it into a deeper documentary."
The Hollywood Reporter
"An insightful film about the creative talents that have made hip-hop an original, enduring American musical tradition."