Hip Hop History Week: Movie Night: “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap”


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Take in the sights and sounds of some of hip hop’s legends with Ice-T’s film, “Something from Nothing: Da Art of Rap.” Together we will watch the film then Darrie Burrage will lead the group in a talk back about the film’s significance and topics covered throughout.

by Cold Open

About the Film: 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.

About Darrie: Darrie Matthew Burrage coordinates training and organizational development efforts for a real estate photography company in Denver called PlanOmatic, and is a facilitator and performer for a social justice theatre company called Affinity Arts Consulting. He is also an aspiring poet who makes meaning of moments through pattern and rhyme under the pen name “Devereux Fox.” Burrage has been blessed with opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University and a master’s degree at the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado – studying Communication at both institutions. From several years of having taught university courses, designing staff trainings, and facilitating community discussion processes, Burrage has acquired skills and achievements in the areas of group problem solving, dialogue, and decision-making — crafting his own personal brand as a Human Connections Specialist. In sum, Burrage’s learnings and experiences have shaped his passion for engaging others in pursuit of enriching our everyday intellectual and sociopolitical growth.