Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap [Documentality]

Many have scrambled to understand musical cultures more in depth through the study and analysis of the roots, meaning, dynamic and influence of such movements. The history of African Americans is interwoven with musical movements which find their meaning in resistance and unity, such as Blues, Jazz and Hip-Hop.

Hip-Hop is quite different in the sense that it does not only include a musical genre called Rap but also various urban expressions that have been as important for this culture: Graffiti, break dance and DJing. Hip-Hop is reflected by a need of expression, a research of different mediums to artistically participate in society. In reaction to the mass media that don’t give much space to the underground art world and to marginal networks, street art is in constant struggle to win and keep its public presence.

From its rise in the 1970’s in New York, to the golden age in the late 80’s through the mid 90’s, we arrive today at a point where Rap, according to newspapers, record sales and public opinion, is the most trendy and listened to musical genre out there.

Today, we present Something from Nothing : the art of Rap. This documentary was released in 2012 and directed by a veteran of rap music, Tracy Marrow, commonly known as Ice-T. This film as the exclusivity of including a long list of famous artists that contributed in the rise and evolution of Hip-Hop culture : Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, B-real, Chuck D, Common, DJ Premier, Dre, Eminem, Ice Cube, Immortal Technique, Kanye West, Kool Keith, Krs One, Mos Def, Nas, Q-Tip, Raekwon, Rakim, Redman, Snoop dogg, WC, Xzibit.

Ice-T interviews all of these artists to discuss with them the early years of hiphop and how did it manage to become what it is today. The insight provided is refreshing whether you rap or just enjoy the music.

On this first day of 2013, we bring to you Documentality.

Documentality consists in presenting every 1st of the month a documentary about the Hiphop movement in the United States and across the world, in order to share the knowledge to who wants to understand more the roots, the history and the evolution of this culture, which is for us, our main source of inspiration.  Stay tuned for each 1st of the month!

***The original link we posted was removed by Universal Music Group due to copyright infringement. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We invite people to view it on Netflix or to purchase it legally  or to search for it using European servers.***

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