Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap

Ice-T’s directorial debut
Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap
Ice-T’s directorial debut, a study into his native world of hip-hop, is definitely passionate, but unfortunately that is all there is to recommend it.

While the dizzying list of featured names is impressive, The Art of Rap could have achieved a reckoning between hip-hop’s embattled roots with its current status in the establishment. But that’s half the problem. Ice-T never honestly acknowledges modern day rap’s central issue of authenticity. This is particularly glaring during the poolside chat he has with Dr. Dre at his Hollywood Hills mansion in which they discuss, without a trace of irony, how ‘street’ they are.
 
There are real moments of joy to be had, as will be the case when watching masters of any craft discuss their passion, and for that reason there’s a lot here for fans of the genre. But for a documentary from someone so connected to the genre’s lineage, it needs to be more than a love-in. There are precious few genuinely insightful moments and even fewer moments of unguarded revelation.
 
Ultimately, a film that purports to be about lifting the lid on the creative process behind one of music’s most influential genres lacks the requisite amount of critical self-awareness required to tell us anything that we didn’t already know.

4/10

Words by ANDREW LAW




SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP
DIRECTOR ICE T
RELEASED JULY 20TH
CERT
KALEIDOSCOPE
4/10

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