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Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap

In his directorial debut, Ice-T interviews dozens of other rap and hip-hop artists, including Mos Def, Eminem and Dr. Dre, about their creative processes. Focusing on the craft rather than the bling, Ice-T also documents the music's history.
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Netflix Rating: 4.0
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 96%
Critics' score: 96   Audience score: 76   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest. full review

Michelle Orange, Village Voice

In his debut as a documentarian, Ice T creates a vibrant portrait of how and why rap came to be. full review

Sara Stewart, New York Post

This is a film that does sweat the technique, with at times illuminating and spirited results. full review

Nicolas Rapold, New York Times

The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous. full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

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

Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
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