Visually luscious and drenched with the big beats of classic cuts and freestyle rhyming by some of the masters of the music, Something From Nothing: The Art of ..." /> Skip to main content
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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug content.

R In Theaters 06/15/2012 , 113min.
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June 28, 2012
This Doc is good. Ice=t did his thing yo!
June 22, 2012
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
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
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
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.

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The New York Times
This is a film that does sweat the technique, with at times illuminating and spirited results. Full Review
David Hughes
An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review

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