Ice-T is on a steady promotional campaign for his first effort as a director and recently explained his motivation for making a documentary about hip hop. In an interview with AllHipHop, Ice-T explained what he was trying to accomplish when he began work on ‘Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap.’
Ice explained that he decided to do a documentary on hip hop as his first directorial project because of his strong views on hip hop. “I always wanted to direct movies and I was looking at the condition of hip hop, I said, ‘you know, this needs to be documented as an art form.’ I’ve been outspoken about some music that I thought was taking the bar down too low. I think that hip hop has to have a degree of difficulty in order to maintain itself as an art form,” said Ice.
In order to complete the project, Ice-T realized that he needed to record the views of other rappers and focus on their craft. “I wanted to capture a lot of my peers’ opinions about it and talk to them about the craft. Not the money, the girls, the cars, the beef, none of that stuff. But how do you write rhymes, why should this be considered an art form. Because to me it’s a great art form that can change the world,” said Ice.
Ice is pretty satisfied with his directorial debut, but explained that he had some difficulty deciding on what would make the final cut simply because he recorded so much material. “Is there anything that I wish I could have done again or different? I’d have to say not really. It’s perfect to me. The only thing is that I could have cut the same two-hour movie with absolutely different clips, and it would be just as good. It would a mirror image of the movie with different pieces of KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, and Rakim. I could probably make 10 movies from different clips that can sit side-by-side with each other,” said Ice.