Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Theatrical release poster
Directed byIce-T
Andy Baybutt (co.)
Produced byPaul Toogood
Ice-T (exec.)
CinematographyJeremy Hewson
Andy Baybutt
John Halliday
Patrick Donnelly (add.)
Edited byKieran Smyth
JollyGood Films
Westmount Films
Final Level Entertainment
Distributed byIndomina Releasing (USA, theatrical)
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (UK, theatrical)
Indomina Films (USA, all media)
Release date
  • June 15, 2012 (2012-06-15) (America)
  • July 20, 2012 (2012-07-20) (Europe)
CountryUnited States

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap is a 2012 American documentary directed and executive produced by Ice-T and co-directed by Andy Baybutt. It focuses on the craft of writing and performing rap verses, and all the interviewees are musicians of the genre and friends of Ice-T. Producer Paul Toogood states on the DVD release that the genesis of the project stemmed from a conversation he had with Ice-T in which he asked him how he wrote "seminal tracks" such as "6 in the Mornin'" and "Colors".

Ice-T replied that in his thirty year hip-hop career, no one had ever asked him that. Grandmaster Caz features more than any other interviewee, and the movie returns to his home on multiple occasions throughout showing his creative process as he writes "The Art Of Rap" rap, which he then delivers. It was shot on location, but mainly in New York, Los Angeles and Detroit. The film was an official selection for the Sundance Film Festival[1] where it was screened as a premiere on January 2, 2012. The film was released in the theaters on June 15, 2012 and in the UK it was released on July 20, 2012.[2]


In alphabetical order, as named in the film:

Soundtrack album[edit]

An official soundtrack to the film was released on CD and as a digital download featuring fifteen songs selected from the movie, seven freestyles as performed in the film, plus one track "Harder Than You Think (Just Like That)" by Public Enemy, which featured in the film's trailer but does not feature in the actual movie. The first track is an official live acapella freestyle by Ice-T, but in the film's credits, this track is referred to as "Chrome Plated 357". Ice-T is also featured on Immortal Technique's live acapella freestyle but is not credited as such on the soundtrack.

1."Freestyle (Live Acapella)"Ice-T0:34
2."Straight Outta Compton"N.W.A4:15
3."Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)"Run-DMC3:07
4."Follow the Leader"Eric B. & Rakim5:32
5."Freestyle (Live Acapella)"KRS-One0:50
6."Raw"Big Daddy Kane4:06
7."The World Is Yours"Nas4:46
8."Full Clip"Gang Starr3:36
9."New Jack Hustler (Live Acapella)"Immortal Technique0:24
10."As High As Wu-Tang Get"Wu-Tang Clan2:37
11."Real Hip-Hop"Das EFX4:07
12."Freestyle (Live Acapella)"Melle Mel0:30
13."P.S.K. (What Does It Mean?)"Schoolly D6:27
14."Ego Trippin'"Ultramagnetic MC's5:24
15."Bentleys & Bitches (Live Acapella)"Ras Kass0:51
16."King of the Beats"Mantronix5:07
17."It Takes Two"Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock4:58
18."Don't Stop... Planet Rock (LP Version)"Africa Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force5:18
19."The Kid Magic (Live Acapella)"Lord Jamar0:22
20."Vivrant Thing (Club Mix)"Q-Tip3:10
21."Cold Rock A Party"MC Lyte4:15
22."Harder Than You Think... Just Like That"Public Enemy3:25
23."The Art of Rap (Live Acapella)"Grandmaster Caz0:49
Total length:70:30


  1. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (2012-01-21). "Sundance 2012: Ice-T's 'The Art of Rap' Has Head-Bopping Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  2. ^ "Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap". Retrieved 26 December 2012.

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