“This isn’t a game – this is the art of rap!”

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

To mark the launch on DVD of Ice-T’s groundbreaking documentary on rap and hip hop culture, “Something from nothing: the art of rap”, I reviewed the piece for online documentary lovers DocGeeks.

In my first review for the site, the teenage rap fan in me took a stroll down memory lane to revisit the history of a movement that was only in its infancy as I started to get into it.

It was just as powerful the second time around as when I saw it remotely on the night of the UK premiere from the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.

Though not perfect, Ice-T’s work paints a solid picture of how this subculture emerged during the eighties and nineties, burst out of the projects in New York, born of the frustration of a disaffected generation that didn’t have smartphones and the internet to put across their point of view.

Read the full review of “Something from nothing: the art of rap” on the DocGeeks website and catch the movie yourself if you can. It’s worth the trip.

And because the French rap scene is what I grew up with, I want to leave you with the heavyweights of the French rap scene, IAM and one of their most beautiful tracks:


About monicaheck
Monica Heck is a bilingual freelance writer and journalist based in Dublin, Ireland.

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