Ice-T's 'Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap' | TV Catch-Up

From the time I first wrote about Ice-T's directorial debut Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap back in April, I knew it would be something that I'd love; and when the movie finally hit theaters I paid to see it twice because I knew that it was something the culture needed.

Apparently, my enthusiasm wasn't shared by enough people, as The Art of Rap has made a hasty departure from the big screen and is already being broadcast for free on cable, seemingly forgoing even the DVD/BluRay stage. That kinda sucks but it's also kinda sweet, 'cause it gives those who didn't bother going to see it a chance to see what they've missed. And who knows, maybe the early move to TV will help bolster DVD sales once they begin.

Whatever the reason, The Art of Rap premiered on VH1 Thursday night and we've got the TV version -- edited for length and to appease the network censors, of course -- for you to check out.

If you're a rap fiend like me, you're gonna love it.

Ice-T on The Art Of Rap: why new rappers weren't featured, innovation in rap & more | SoulCulture TV

"To tell a true story you have start at the beginning."

On his recent visit to London to promote his new documentary From Nothing To Something: The Art Of Rap, Gangsta Rap pioneer, actor and now documentary director Ice-T took some time to talk to us at SoulCulture, dropping gems of wisdom on the absence of newcomers in his film, the competitive nature of the genre, innovation in the future of rap and more.Read more

Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap (Dir. Ice-T) | Documentary Review

No art form or genre has ever had to justify its very existence the way hip hop does. Whether it is the various accusations levelled at it as having negative effect on society, or the broad generalisations that question its very validity as an art form, it remains a source of huge debate from its very inception. It was always viewed as the new brash kid in school who always has to justify himself.

Well, this kid grew up and has become a force and is becoming harder to ignore as perhaps the voice of the 21st century. This is, of course, amazing considering where it all started. And this is what Ice-T's new documentary Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap attempts to tackle. Read more

Ice T talks Hip Hop power & culture, 'Art Of Rap' film on Channel 4 News [Video]

The godfather of gangsta rap and hip hop legend Ice T brought his new Hip Hop documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap to the UK this week; performing alongside Melle Mel and Chuck D at it's premiere screening in London's Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday (July 19).

On the promotional run, T sat down with Channel 4 news for a lengthy interview on how the film came about, working with his peers, a quick lesson in the foundations of Hip Hop culture and gives his frank opinion on gun laws in America - in light of the recent shooting in Denver - and much more. Read more

Sneak Peek: Extended Eminem freestyle + interview from 'The Art of Rap' [Video]

Earlier this month, we got a 45-second sneak peek at Eminem's freestyle from the Ice-T-directed From Nothing To Something: The Art of Rap film.Read more

Ice-T talks 'The Art of Rap' with Angie Martinez [Video]

Ice-T's Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, a documentary on the craft of Hip-Hop lyricism, has already hit theatres, but that isn't stopping the O.G. from promoting it. His most recent press stop was a sit-down with Hot 97's Angie Martinez, to whom he explained some of the struggles he experienced while shooting the film and the reason it's only in a limited number of theaters. Check it out after the jump. Read more

Ice-T talks dogs, video games and 'The Art of Rap' with Jimmy Fallon | TV Catch-Up

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. Read more

Sneak Peek: Snoop Dogg talks being old school in 'The Art of Rap' [Video]

In the latest clip from the forthcoming The Art of Rap documentary, Ice-T has an O.G.-to-O.G. chat with Snoop Dogg about the first time they met and what it feels like to be "old school." Read more

Sneak Peek: Ice-T freestyle from 'The Art of Rap' documentary [Video]

After being treated to clips from the upcoming documentary on the craft of MCing Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap featuring Nas, Kanye West and Eminem, the film's director and consummate O.G. Ice-T releases a new clip to show us that, even after switching hustles from music to film and television, he's still an MC to the core. This brief a capella freestyle showcases the skills that first made Ice such an intimidating force on the Hip-Hop scene some 30 years ago. Check it out after the jump, and prepare for The Art of Rap to bumrush your local theatres June 15th. Read more

Sneak Peek: Nas x Kanye West in Ice-T's 'Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap' [Video]

And the snippets keep coming.

After being treated to an Eminem freestyle just a couple hours ago, we now get a look at portions of Kanye West and Nas' appearances in Ice-T's forthcoming documentary on the craft of MCing, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap. Read more

Sneak Peek: Eminem freestyle from Ice-T's 'Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap' [Video]

As anticipation builds for O.G. Ice-T's directorial debut, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, we're given a peek at a brief clip from the film featuring Hip-Hop behemoth Eminem in the studio kicking a few of his usual complex-yet-superb bars. Read more

Ice-T presents 'Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap' | Film Trailer

It's been generating much buzz since debuting and being picked up at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and finally we get another look at original gangsta Ice-T's highly-anticipated documentary on the complexities of Hip-Hop lyricism, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. Read more

Hip Hop at the BBC | Music Documentary

Something from the archives of the BBC for the Hip Hop fans out there. If you missed this one recently, you can catch up on some of the performances that have taken place over the years at the world famous BBC Studios in London. Featuring acts that span the from the birth of Hip Hop right up to the present day heavyweights, you have footage of performances from: The Sugarhill Gang, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Eric B & Rakim, De La Soul, Ice T, Monie Love, The Fugees, The Roots, Dr Dre & Eminem and Jay-Z. 
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YO! MTV Raps to return for one-off special in December | TV News

#YoMTVRapsBack... According to Complex, the brains over at MTV have finally come to their senses and have decided to bring back Hip Hop's favorite music show YO! MTV Raps. MTV is planning to bring back the much loved and missed Hip Hop show for [unfortunately] one night only on December 4th [Hov has another reason to celebrate that day].
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SoulCulture's interview with Just Blaze quoted in Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey book

In May 2010 we asked superproducer Just Blaze "What Happened To The Remix?" - who would have thought that that answer would make it's way into the pages of the colossal 420-page coffee table book Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey Book?

Bound in black leather and described as "the definitive literary and photographic celebration of the groundbreaking culture," the luxury book features unseen photos by Hip Hop photographer Jonathan Mannion, interviews, essays and profiles on a range of Hip Hop pioneers, legends and players key in the growth and global impact of Hip Hop of Hip-Hop, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Run-DMC, Queen Latifah, Will.I.Am, Diddy, 50 Cent and Will Smith.

Afrika Bambaataa penned the book's intro with a further 150 or so artists contributing commentary, including Cee Lo, Chuck D, Faith Evans, Ice-T, Kool Keith, Method Man, Nelly, ?uestlove and Spinderella.

Watch our interview with Just Blaze below, along with more details on Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey and how to get your hand on it.
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Good Hair: Is It Weak At The Roots? | Film Review

Chris Rock's Good Hair documentary style is impartial which enriches the journalistic format, but surprisingly makes him tamed and uninspiring. This is actually the antitheses of Mr. Rock - he's strange and uncharacteristic. He wants to kick knowledge on this one, but falls short - if you squeeze the juice out of the orange it's far from dry but will hardly quench your thirst. Read more