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'The Art of Rap' is a new documentary movie that rapper/actor Ice-T has just released.  I was lucky enough to see the UK premiere at Hammersmith Apollo which was followed by a live performance by Melle Mel, Chuck D (of Public Enemy), Raekwon and Ghostface Killah (of Wu-Tang Clan), and Ice-T himself – all accompanied by DJ Evil E!

Those are all legendary names to me – but I realise that many people won't know them – and some who do know won't like them. And some won't like rap music in general, or even consider it an art form. So I'm not about to try to convince anyone that they should like rap, or try to defend the less wholesome aspects of the genre.

In case you didn't know I'm a long time fan of Ice-T – in fact that's where I took my DA name 'rhymesyndicate' from. The Rhyme Syndicate is the group of hip-hop associates Ice-T led back in the 1980s and 90s (it's also my Twitter name if you're interested).

So I am biased - but I do think that this movie is a valid and intelligent effort to try to understand the creative process of the individuals involved. And that's where I see parallels that will be of interest to people in any creative medium.

Just like any art form, there's a broad spectrum of rap. Some is entertaining, some is objectionable, some is ignorant, some is educational. Any of those adjectives could be used to describe the variety of artwork submitted to DA.

And just like any art form, if you want to be good at it - it takes skill, intelligence, effort, practice, perseverance, and originality.
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Narcisticthinker Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Rhyme Syndicate...man that brings back memories...cassette tapes and boom box radios...
I may have to find and watch that documentary. Your absolutely right about what you wrote in your last sentence...it takes all those things and one more...passion.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: I certainly remember cassette tapes - they were so cool cos they were so compact and you could get like a whole hour of music on there! Kids these days just don't know how good they've got it. :)
And yep - 'passion' should definitely go on that list. It's the match that lights any creative fire!!! :highfive:
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounds most cool man, an interesting documentary followed by a show by some of the legends of the genre. I am sure you were most stoked.
Personally I an not a Rap fan myself... more a Metal dude but there is probably some very close parallels between the two styles in regards to the creative process, the variety within the style and how it is seen by the broader community. As a result I reckon I would probably find the documentary quite interesting as well.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed I was stoked mate - it was a really good event. I can well imagine that this film won't play to all audiences - and a lot of the faces won't be familiar to most. But as you say there's definitely some parallels between rap and metal especially in attitude. In fact you might already know that Ice-T has a very hardcore rock band called Bodycount. I was just pleasantly surprised that the film showed that a lot of these notorious rappers are actually intelligent, introspective types who put a lot of effort into coming up with their 'art'!
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am very familiar with Bodycount mate, I don't mind them at all :D
It's good to see the people behind the music actually have a brain or are trying to convey a message which I think a lot of people don't get becasue they are too busy pigeonholing people who are involved with the genre (be it rap or metal).
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well said :thumbsup:
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not just a pretty face ;)
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
dude that sounds like it was a dope show.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It certainly was Erick. I haven't seen Ice-T live for like 20 years - so it was like old times to hear him do Colors again. Likewise I hadn't seen Public Enemy for years but it took me right back when Chuck D started 'Fight The Power'! I even had the honour to speak to and shake hands with Chuck D afterwards!!! Still buzzing off that!
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