Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Director: Andy Baybutt, Ice-T

USA, United Kingdom, Documentary, 2012, 111 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, T

Hip-hop didn’t invent anything. Hip-Hop reinvented everything. To prove that, the presenter and co-director of “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap” Ice-T takes us on a personal journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform: Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, KRS One, Snoop Dogg, Run DMC, Ice Cube and many others. This music documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling, to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap. The film features original rapping and some classic never heard before a cappellas from the mouths of the creators. We see them write out verses pen on paper or maybe, when inspiration strikes, on the back of the hand. What emerges is a mighty soul tribute to the original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.

About the directors:

Andy Baybutt is a British director, producer and cinematographer specialising in documentary features. He studied at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) and worked as film camera assistant on documentary projects at the beginning of his career. Since 2000 Andy Baybutt works as a director and producer in BBC Television. He created several TV documentaries including “Rod Stewart - Wine Women & Song” (2001), “When Hippies Ruled the World” (2001), “The Band Aid Story” (2004), “The Curse of Superman” (2005) and “Memoirs of a Cigarette” (2007) and a music documentary “The Verve: The Video 96–98” (1999).
Ice-T (Tracy Marrow) was born in 1958 in Newark, USA. He is an American hip-hop musician, actor and producer. He is about to release his eighth studio album. Ice-T appeared in numerous feature films, documentaries and TV series. Having worked in front of the camera, Ice-T has now migrated behind it: “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap” is his directorial debut.

Section: Music Moves The World

Dir. of Photography: Andy Baybutt, Jeremy Hewson, John Halliday

Music: Adam F