It’s been generating much buzz since debuting and being picked up at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and finally we get another look at original gangsta Ice-T‘s highly-anticipated documentary on the complexities of Hip-Hop lyricism, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap.
Though officially described in the film synopsis as an effort to go “beyond the stardom and the bling to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap,” Ice-T, 53, explains his directorial debut even further.
“I was looking at the terrain of Hip-Hop and where it’s going and how it’s kinda gettin’ pop, and a lot of the kids don’t even know where it started,” he explained in an interview with Billboard. “I said, ‘I wanna go and document the craft — not the money, not the cars, not the girls, the craft.
“I’ve been doing interviews about rap for 21 years and nobody ever asks us how we do it,” he continued. “They talk about the music but they don’t go, ‘how do you write a rhyme?’”
In the film, Ice-T interviews 54 of the most respected names in the genre’s history — including Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, Immortal Technique, Eminem, Grandmaster Caz from the Cold Crush Brothers, Chuck D, Mos Def, Raekwon and many more — and really delves into the intricacies of rhyming, revealing a process about which many were wholly unaware.
“It’s not a movie just for rap fans; it’s a movie for anyone who’s curious about the art,” Ice says before adding, “It’s not for a rap hater, though. If you don’t like [rap], you’ll go into the movie and hate it even worse.”
Don’t be a rap hater. Keep your eyes open for Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, due in theatres this June.