Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest premiered this past weekend at the Temple Theater in Park City, Utah.

Sundance Film Festival catches up with Michael Rapaport and talks about his love and pains in creating this documentary that set to release nationwide sometime this year.

He has been working on this documentary about legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest for years. The film, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest , features extensive interviews with members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi, and details the quartet’s pioneering career during the 1990s, the issues that initially split them up (and flared up again during a recent reunion tour) and Phife’s ongoing diabetes-related health problems.

NYC interview with Q-Tip and Michael Rapaport

The doc features appearances from Kanye West, Nas, Mos Def, the Roots and many others who testify to the group’s resounding influence, which includes humorous lyrics, previously unplumbed jazz samples, a mellow swagger and, as the Roots’ ?uestlove puts it, the fact that the group “managed to rewrite the song structure for hip-hop.”

– Elree

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