If you’re a regular here at SoulCulture, you’ve surely seen all the leaked clips from Ice-T‘s forthcoming documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, and if you’ve been reading the words accompanying the clips you’ve surely noticed that SoulCulture‘s rap junkie of a News Editor (namely, Me) is very much looking forward to the film. Like, I get goosebumps thinking about the thing. I got ’em right now.

Anyway, Ice was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to talk about the film and ended up doing the impossible: making me even more excited about it.

“Some people respect it, but I don’t feel they respect it enough. They don’t understand that it’s an art form,” Ice said about Hip-Hop while discussing the film’s purpose. For this reason, he says, the film can appeal to far more than just those from within the culture. “The movie’s not just for rap people, it’s for anybody. It’s an inspirational film that says, ‘we were young kids and we turned it from nothing into something.'”

“In a world of haters, we haven’t got one bad review,” Ice added about the film’s critical reception. And how could it? Anyone who appreciates quality filmmaking and intriguing subjects would be playing himself to act like this thing isn’t good. I know that, and I haven’t even seen it.

In the end, Ice says the film is his gift to the culture that birthed his 30-plus-year career.

“This is my way of giving back to Hip-Hop; this is a love letter.”

He talked some other stuff, too (like his wife’s new puppy and his love for video games), but none of that matters. Watch the interview below.

[Props: MWP]

Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap premieres June 15th.