Hip hop has always been more of a culture than just a genre of music. It represents a huge portion of the marginalised world of America and how they managed to create something from nothing; how their lifestyle and previously buried literary talents created a culture that has inspired millions. The frontman of rap/ metal band Body Count Ice-T takes his audience on the road to visit the founding fathers, the major superstars and the rising stars of the rap genre including Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, Krs-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and discover the skill and feeling behind what has made them international music heroes. One of the frequent interviewees is Grandmaster Caz who we are taken to visit on several occasions as he writes a new set of rhymes called 'The Art Of Rap'.
Directed by Ice-T with help from Andy Baybutt, 'Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap' is a feature length music documentary delving into what goes into making the seminal hip hop records that have dominated music since the late '70s. It came about when producer Paul Toogood asked Ice-T the simplest of question which the star had never before been asked: How did he write seminal tracks such as '6 In The Mornin' and 'Colors'?
The many names of KRS-One illustrate the energy and message that Krs-One represents. Known as 'The Teacher' for his educational, political and knowledgeable sentiment and known as the 'The Blastmaster' for his powerful delivery and heavyweight freestyles it was clear Leeds was in for a Hip Hop treat! KRS One has been to Leeds on numerous occasions throughout his illustrious and long lasting career so it was great for Kris Parker also known as 'The Philosopher' to make a grand return to a truly eager crowd during Black History month.
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