common*Rapper/actor Common recalls writing his first rap verse and his Hip Hop influences in these special outtakes from Ice-T’s directorial debut, “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap.”

In an article about Ice-T’s June 15 directorial debut of “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” the Hollywood Reporter put it this way:

“with appearances by the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Common, Run-DMC and Eminem, and revealing testimony on the origins of some classic releases, ‘Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap’ is poised to school a new generation of fans with insights from some of their favorite artists. Loaded with a cappella on-camera performances and a soundtrack of killer beats, the film already has a worldwide audience in place, as well as broad potential on a wide range of platforms, from theatrical to VOD.”

With that frame of reference, check out what Common had to say in the film via these outtakes:

Common on his “First Rap Verse”

Common on “Hip Hop Influences”