Rapper-turned actor Ice-T is back, but this time he has gone behind the camera for a close look at the thing that first made him big – hip-hop.
The film ‘Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap’ is his directorial debut.
At the London premiere Ice-T explained how the idea took off: “Just the fun. Coco was there with me, my son was there with me, just going out grinding and getting footage and watching it turn into something this big. It’s a lesson for all of us. I mean she was there when I said ‘I think I want to make a movie’ and now we are at a big premiere and it’s exciting to see something come to fruition, that’s really exciting.”
At the London event Ice-T’s wife Coco Austin paid tribute to her husband revealing he isn’t as tough as people think.
“I’m always proud of him but yeah he’s a good guy all in all and people see him as this hardcore guy but he’s a big teddy bear. To me at least,” Austin said.
The couple were joined at the Hammersmith Apollo by fellow rap stars and featured artists in the documentary which takes a look at the creativity behind hip-hop.
Rapper Melle Mel said he hoped the film will in some way go towards improving hip-hop’s image: “Well I am hoping what they get from the movie is that all rap is not violent, all rap is not juvenile and delinquent, all rap is not disrespectful, all rap doesn’t degrade women. It’s just that when we started we were just normal guys, it was something that we wanted to do and we did it from the heart.”
As the title suggests, the film focuses on the music rather the violence often associated with rap.
‘Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap’ is out now in cinemas in the UK.