Rapper Ice-T answered a few questions from the red carpet before the Sundance premiere of "Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap." The film is part of the Documentary Premieres category.
What sort of insights are you hoping that audience members will gain from this film?I just think that the whole art form of rap is something people don't know. I just think you kinda know that we can be stupid, I think you know we can buy nice cars and we can end up in the MTV Crib, but they don't know what work goes into it. Like how do we come up with the music, what's the creative process. And I think you'll understand that a lot of these artists that you think are so crazy, aren't. I just think you'll get a more in-depth understanding of rap music.
Describe your creative process?I get inspired from a lot of different things. I have people walk up to me on the street and say, 'you need to rap about this.' And I'll take it to heart. You know, there's something going on right now, I speak on it. It might only be a verse but I'll hear it. Other times, I'll listen to music and music will start to talk to me and you'll hear it and it'll say something, it'll say, "oh, this is a dark song, or this is a sinister song. It's a lot of different ways but I gotta get quiet. Coco knows it gets quiet and then I put on the headphones and I make an announcement, and I say, "I'm about to write a record," and she doesn't come around until I'm done.