If You Luv Hip Hop, Ice T’s New Movie ‘The Art of Rap’ is a Must See

One of the dopest films out or soon to be out at a theater near you is the Something from Nothing the Art of Rap, put together by Ice-T... Yes, there have been a number of documentaries put out over the years that have focused on emceeing, but this one really hits home for a few reasons..

First, the stories are being told by those who do it..This is important, because far too often the nuanced  and subtle perspectives by the practitioners are often left out or overshadowed by everyone else when documentaries are made. We get to really see how folks are thinking and feel where they’re coming from. There’s no middle-man, expert, punditry interpretation.. You walk away really understanding how and why Hip Hop and in particular rap is an American art form given to the world..

The second thing, is we got to hear from many of the pioneers and see them execute their craft without the feeling like they were being rushed off or their interviews cut short to make room for artists or big names who are well-known today in 2012.

Common holds it down in the film ‘Art of Rap’

It was good to hear good solid interviews with pioneering and iconic figures who still have it like Grandmaster Caz, Mele-Mel, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Nas, Chuck D, Q-Tip and Doug E Fresh to name a few.  They were nicely balanced out with folks like Kanye West who got busy in this film, along with artists like  Immortal Technique, Eminem, Bun B and Common to name a few..

On a side note the Grandmaster Caz spit the illest rhyme out of everyone in the entire film..I had to get that in , because a couple of my buddies thought Kanye took the cake. A couple thought Eminem came hard while others felt WC made his presence felt.. That’s the good thing about this film.. we’re all gonna come out debating who repped.. So I’m just gonna keep it real with ya since its my blog.. Grandmaster Caz killed it.. case closed!..

It was good seeing Ice T do the interviews because he pulls things out of his peers that many film makers probably couldn’t.. It was good to see him in the role of journalist, fan and participant as he ripped a few flows to remind cats, he still has flavor. It was good to see the camaraderie and mutual respect and admiration which often led humorous exchanges..

The only shortcomings to this movie is it should’ve been longer.. I think 4 or 5 hours would’ve been great.. LOL Seriously Ice will have to make additional parts to this, because as dope as this flick is, there are many angles that weren’t fully covered.. There’s no way to fit everyone and everything into a film like that..especially since Ice allows folks to talk and show off their skillz.. He wasn’t cutting and editing just to fit everyone in..

Other critiques?? Pick a city, any city around the country, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Oakland, Cleveland, Boston.. Pick a city and I guarantee at every showing, there will be someone pointing out that the Art of Rap didn’t include their favorite rapper or the person they perceive to be the sharpest spitter from their part of town..There’s gonna be cats saying there wasn’t enough midwest, not enough South, no Bay Area etc etc.. That’s gonna happen and even with that critique the film is still dope..It might drop down to a 9.5 as opposed to a 10..

There will be folks from different generations who feel like more could’ve been added. Yes there will be a few who say the film should’ve included more pioneers, more cats from the 80s, more cats from the 90s and millennium cats. Some will want more underground, others will want it to be more mainstream.. That’s gonna happen… and even with that, as I noted earlier still this is a Must See film

It was good to see Salt in the Art of Rap

Personally I think Ice could’ve added a few more sistas in the mix.. It was good to see Salt, It was great to see Lyte.. I wanted to see Yo Yo, Medusa, Invincible and Jean Grae.. and while they weren’t in the film, it’s still dope.

The good news is Ice filmed hours upon hours of material and I’m almost certain we’ll see additional parts where our personal favorites are included.. As I said this is not a forced documentary. It flowed really well and had a very authentic feel and is an important, essential addition in the Story of Hip Hop..

Major Props to Ice T.. I fully expect this documentary to be nominated for an Oscar.. It’s that damn good.

-Davey D-

Below is the official video for the Art of Rap.. Smooth tha Hustla brings heat..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rykWQSWrWL0

 

Comments

  1. SixPointDwella says:

    I look forward to seeing this! U got me in some intense anticipation for this one!

  2. Reblogged this on fortheloveofrealhiphop and commented:
    THIS IS ONE OF THE REASON I LOVE THIS SHIT. THERE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE HIP HOP MUSIC!!

  3. I’ll be sure to check this one out.
    Hip hops in the soul

  4. A lot of famous rappers were able to create something out of nothing, but it doesn’t seem like too many of them have entertained the thought of what it means to create something out of….. “something”. It’s like these fools got famous and any ambition they ever had was locked into basking in the vanity of their own voice, but now they’re all rich and… just…like …have money…n’ shit. lol. I agree with Souljah Boy, ICE T’s “old ass” should have grown up, left all this rap nonsense behind and went and built a school or something. lol.

  5. Anna Rutt says:

    I’m a 63-year old white woman. Grew up in the Motown era of the Detroit burbs. Gotta say, not a hard core rap fan…but I find myself listening to it, liking it. I love Ice-T’s talent, and I’m sure he nailed it with this movie, and you bet I’m gonna see it! I admire the work and art of rap. I praise art. I praise people with the passion for what they love to do and the desire and drive to get it done. Kudos to Ice-T. He has my respect!

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    • Anna Rutt says:

      I’m looking forward to the movie!!! I guess it opens this coming Friday, the 15th! Ice-T is a very talented, self-made man! He has my support!

  7. I can’t wait for this movie to come out. I’m counting the days. I think the Art of Rap should be nominated for an Oscar and this is before I see the movie. If you’re into hip hop history check out the IHHP at http://ihhparade.org

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