Something for Nothing: The Art of Rap

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The influence of Hip-Hop has never been as great as it is in this day and age. Often dismissed by a majority of America as simply a fad, hip hop has become a global phenomenon and has arguably been the most popular form of music for the past three decades. Hip-Hop has influenced art, language, fashion, culture, and sports. This music has been used to teach elementary level children, it has been taught in undergraduate universities and serves as a bridge for hundreds of philanthropies. The influence of Hip-Hop has also been felt in films. These films range from fictional works, documentaries, and autobiographies. A film known as, Something from Nothing by famous rapper Ice T sheds light on elements within Hip-Hop that have enabled the genre …show more content…
In his film, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. Ice T describes that he felt the urge to show people the true origins of Hip Hop for a few reasons, "There’s so many rappers. To be heard, you’ve got to do radio, and radio doesn’t want you to really talk about nothing. They have diluted everything down to party records. For the cats that really have something to say, there is no platform for them to make these statements, it has to get back conscious eventually" (Something from Nothing). Ice T continues by using a real world example to support his statement, "When Kanye West said ‘President Bush doesn’t care about Black people.’ People were overwhelmed. I was like, they must have never heard a Public Enemy album” (Something from Nothing). Do to his connections and friendships in the Hip Hop community Ice T is able to interview a number of successful Hip Hop artists in the documentary type film, including Common, Grandmaster Caz, and Dr. Dre.
The movie begins with a bird's eye view of the birthplace of Hip Hop, New York City. The film appears constructed so that the audience has to make sure that they listen to nearly every word that is being said. Ice T interviews a number of Hip Hop artists and pioneers without interruption or shooting down their thoughts and ideas. Ice T interviews each artists about their writing process and the development of their syntax and diction in regards to their rhymes. At the end of each…

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