[With the new Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap flick now in theaters, rap veteran Ice-T gives SOHH readers five reasons to consider buying tickets to see his hip-hop documentary.]
1. The Art of Storytelling
One reason is to get a better understanding about the music that you probably love, a little bit of history and to get a better grasp on hip-hop from its origins to where it is now. You’ll get a better understanding of hip-hop. I knew I wanted to have artists that kind of represented every facet of the styles of hip-hop. I’ve been very fortunate to have been in hip-hop for so long and to use people that I knew and where in my address book. I didn’t really reach outside of my friends. I’ve always been a fan of all rap. I know the Native Tongue brothers like Jungle Brothers and Q-Tip. I know the battle rappers like Immortal Technique and Chino XL. I know the gangster rappers, the political rappers, the party rappers. I just wanted to try and catch the people that represented each style.
2. What’s The 4-1-1?
It’s a good way for us old school rappers to show our kids what the f*ck we’ve been talking about. It gives us a chance to say, “Look, this is where it came from. It’s something I’ve been telling you about, maybe now you have an understanding of what hip-hop was.” You always hear people say, “Oh, well that’s not real hip-hop.” Well, let’s take a look at what we call “real hip-hop.”
3. It’s A Party
You should check it out just for the fun and enjoyment of the movie. It’s really like a party. When you watch it, you’re going to have a good time, you’re going to hear good music. It’s like a celebration in hip-hop. It’s fun. I think the funniest and most fun [featured rapper] is KRS-One. When he tells the story about getting into rap by getting picked out of a crowd, he’s so animated.
4. The Future Is Now
The fourth reason is to support urban films. It’s an independent film made by a black filmmaker with all-black people in it that made it to a theatrical release. If my movie does well, who knows, maybe you’ll be able to walk your film in. But if my movie bombs, then they’re going to go, “Well Ice-T couldn’t do it with everybody in hip-hop, so why would we help you?” So it’s for support. I went to see Red Tails for that same reason. Support urban, independent filmmaking. That’s another good reason.
5. Dream Chasers
The final reason is because it’s an inspirational film. Take the hip-hop out of it and it’ll make you believe you can do whatever you want with your life. There’s life lessons in this film that you can apply to anything; Dr. Dre‘s work ethic, the humility of almost losing a job when B-Real said “They weren’t going to use me until I changed my voice.” It’s inspirational and shows you a huge movement now turned into reality.
You Decide. Will you check out Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap?
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