Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performers' insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard a cappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.
- Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, B-Real, Bun B, Chino XL, Common, DJ Premier, DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Grandmaster Caz, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Immortal Technique, Joe Budden, Kanye West, Kool Keith, KRS-One, Lord Finesse, Lord Jamar, Marley Marl, MC Lyte, Melle Mel, Nas, Puerto Rico, Q-Tip, Raekwon, Rakim, Ras Kass
This is a film that does sweat the technique, with at times illuminating and spirited results.Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 06.14.2012
An insightful film about the creative talents that have made hip-hop an original, enduring American musical tradition.Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, 01.22.2012
Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest.Michelle Orange, Village Voice, 06.18.2012
The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 06.14.2012