December 3, 2012

Movie Review: Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap

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Over the weekend I finally got around to watching my Netflix DVDs and one of them was "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap" directed and produced by Ice T. He said he had to make this movie because rapping isn't just about money and the woman, it takes skill. He traveled to all the historic rap scenes from the South Bronx to Compton to talk to the masters about their craft. 


They pointed out how instruments were disappearing from school so rap was literally born out of nothing except the only thing they still had playing music, the record player. The record player wasn't supposed to be an instrument but these kids got creative. Grandmaster Caz said "hip hop didn't even anything but it reinvented everything." It created a sound that no one had heard before much like jazz music did.

"Rap saved my life." - Ice T.


Instead of physically battling each other, they were battling with their words. Immortal Technique talked about how he gets into a fighter's mindset when writing his best lyrics. He works out, pumps himself up to go into battle but with his lyrics not his fists. Other rappers broke down the art form in different ways. I was so fascinated how their minds worked. Chuck D's scribbles look like chemistry equations with lots of short-hand notes to himself. Another sat his desk like he was going to school to write his lyrics.

Eminem and Cypress Hill showed how the art form was color blind. Eminem is one of the masters who writes some of the most complex lyrics. I loved that him and some others liked to brag about their large vocabulary and study the dictionary so they'd have more amo. It shows that a true rapper is about quality and substance to his lyrics rather than "get your ass on the floor" (looking at you Akon).

Rap is an amazing art form where all walks of life can participate from the soulful poets like Common to the hardcore gangstas like Ice T. This movie was a great insight into the minds of the greatest rappers and their process. I was a little surprised not to see The Roots but I guess you can't fit everyone into a 2 hour movie. It's available on iTunes, Netflix and onDemand so I highly recommend watching it!


What movies have you watched lately?

19 comments:

  1. OOh I might have to check this out. And howcome The Roots weren't in it?! They really should be since they've lasted this long and through so many different trends in music...they still consistently put out great albums. what the heck. Can you tell I love them?

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    1. haha yes I can tell ;) I love them too and ?uestlove has great knowledge but maybe they weren't available? Not sure...

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  2. I loved this post Kimberlee, I am not a huge rap fan but your post and the explanation behind the history of rap has me given me some insight into it and I have a somewhat greater appreciation for rap now! Thanks for the education on rap today! :) I am loving your blog chic and am your newest follower! :)

    Renée
    www.thelitesideoflife.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thanks :)

      Glad I could make someone else appreciate it... it's a really unique art form

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  3. Great post! I definitely want to check this out! Common is my one of favourites!

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    1. OMG I have such a crush on him... he could read me the phone book :p

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  4. Looks like such a powerful and inspirational movie. Need to watch this at one point.

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    1. They have Netflix in the UK right? hehe you should be able to watch it... it's also available on iTunes

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  5. Kimberlee this movie is going on my list of things to do as soon as I finish these horrible finals. Thanks for your review. Now lets get down to business. I totally owe my friend 5 bucks. She told me the other day that she needs to send her netflix dvd's back. I assured her that she was the only one on earth that still received netflix dvd's rather having the online streaming service as I have. She denied being the only person and she bet me 5 bucks that she isn't. I was so sure that she is in fact the only person left in the world that still gets the dvd's so we shook on it. Now Miss Kimberlee thanks to you I owe her $5. I just want to now let you both know that you are the only two people in the world that still receives netflix dvd's :) .

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    1. Aww good luck on finals!

      haha my whole family gets Netflix DVDs so there's at least 5 people who do :) I love my DVDs because Netflix's instant streaming isn't as up to date as their DVD collections. As soon as the movies are available sooner on instant rather than through DVDs then I'll switch over. But for now it's not

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  6. Like Renèe I'm not a huge rap fan either, but you made me want to watch this one! My latest movie, last night actually, was "District 9" directed by Peter Jackson. It was something completely different from what I expected, and I really liked it:)

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    1. OOhh yeah I actually liked that movie... not what I was expecting but a great storyline!

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  7. I really like the idea behind this, and think that now more than ever people need to channel their emotions into something positive. Glad they were able to share this in this movie!

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  8. looks cool :)
    great blog, i will follow you, hope you can follow back :)
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  9. rap is most definitely an art form, how could it not be when it takes so much skill and talent to do!

    love from the NANA girls xoxo

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  10. I actually never heard of this film (and i'm a huge hip hop head so i'm surprised lol). Thanks for sharing!!!

    That GOOD GOOD Blog

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  11. I have been wanting to see this! Now I must.

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