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Based on 11 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The Art of Rap was made by a hip-hop fiend for hip-hop fiends. I fit the description, and it's difficult for me to approach the film as an outsider. But if novices can make it through the barrage of interviews with artists they don't know, they'll learn plenty about a craft still grossly misrepresented by the mass media. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The faces and voices are endlessly compelling as they talk about what inspires them to lay down beats and recall the early days in New York. Ice-T, disentangled from acting, makes himself a fine focal point. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An insightful film about the creative talents that have made hip-hop an original, enduring American musical tradition. show more

  • 75
    Kevin C. Johnson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Ice-T delivers a love letter to hip-hop with Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous. show more

  • 63
    New York Post

    T's formulaic interview style gives the proceedings a bit of a student-project vibe - perhaps understandable for a guy who clearly thinks artists should always be open to learning more. show more

  • 80
    David Hughes Empire

    An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right. show more

  • 80
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    With a very simple premise, rapper Ice-T – this film's presenter and co-director with Andy Baybutt – has created a very enjoyable and often fascinating movie. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The general takeaway, occasionally swaddled in pot clouds and boisterous laughter, is that verse-slinging requires serious thought and planning. show more

  • 60
    Jonathan Crocker Total Film

    Freestyle, funny but finally just too repetitive, Ice's affectionate home-movie needed someone to structure it into a deeper documentary. show more

  • June 28, 2012 Gary Joyner
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    This Doc is good. Ice=t did his thing yo!

  • June 22, 2012 allowney
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    Solid movie, a few too many overhead shots of the city, and a little bit long for my tastes. Someone should have interrupted Kanye\'s longass segment as well. However, well done, and congratulations for bringing the true world of hip hop into a perspective that\'s easy to understand for those who are not regularly a part of that culture.

  • June 19, 2012 Chad
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    the best music, and most informative knowledge strraiight from the hipphop jam,. Straight from the old schoo tolthe new schooll.!! It is some non-stop dope shit. from tthe best kin the music industry.. .

  • June 18, 2012 qb00000000125475
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    The movie deals with the history of Hip Hop. Its worth the time to watch and to learn. If you want to know more about Hip Hop history go to

  • June 15, 2012 hz00000000125588
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    Rap is highly destructive and the people who glorify it are mercenaries for this low life rhetoric. It demoralizes women and has no aspiration to uplift and already decline in social morals. Ice tea, snoop dog, and the rest are making money off of crap. They do not have any shame.

  • June 15, 2012 Helmer Umana
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    That Crap will never ever ever going to be close to be an Art get serious

  • June 15, 2012 kleind862
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    rap is crap

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