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Michael Rapaport Talks The Heart, Soul, Conflicts & Issues Of A Tribe Called Quest

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 8, 2011 5:01 AM
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Exclusive: To say filmmaker Michael Rapaport hasn't had an easy time in the press with his new documentary "Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" is a bit of an understatement, but don't get it twisted. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, reviews about the seminal '90s hip-hop group -- which included members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad -- have been glowing (it has an excellent 95% RT score). But like most longtime fans of the group, after they suddenly called it quits in 1998, actor and hip hop music aficionado Michael Rapaport was deeply affected by their split. "I felt like my parents were getting divorced," he recalled. His curiosity caught up with him over the years, and when the band was reuniting for the 2008 Rock the Bells tour, he quickly jumped on board to document the tour. But past frictions flared up immediately, giving the actor-turned-filmmaker a window into a world of the drama which was to come. "I walked into a fucking storm," he said of his first few days of filming the tour.

Review: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest' Is Engrossing & Real

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 6, 2011 11:00 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. The film opens in limited release this weekend, Friday, July 8th.

Beefs & Brotherhood: Michael Rappaport Calls A Tribe Called Quest Dynamic "Emotionally Complex"

  • By The Playlist
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  • June 22, 2011 7:17 AM
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Director Says Hip-Hop Group's Relationship Is Complicated Both Off And On The ScreenIf you're one of the lucky few that has seen the hip-hop documentary "Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest," perhaps at either the Sundance or Tribeca film festivals, you know the film is a knock-out: a deeply insightful journey into the history of the seminal '90s rap group, their contextual legacy, that ventures very personally and intimately on the personal fissures and fractures that led to their break-up; lingering emotional issues that still cling to this day.

Tribeca Review: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest' Is Engrossing & Real

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 28, 2011 5:23 AM
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Captivating, well-balanced and at times, painfully honest, actor Michael Rapaport's directorial debut, the documentary, "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" is much more than a music doc about the seminal '90s hip-hop group; it's an engrossing and moving portrait of brotherhood, unity and how the strongest of friendships can be susceptible to breakdown if unacceptable levels of rising toxicity run unchecked.

Watch: Trailer For Michael Rapaport's (Really) Documentary About A Tribe Called Quest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 5:18 AM
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It's hard to quantify just how important A Tribe Called Quest is to hip-hop music, but the group stood apart from the harder edged gangsta rap of their contemporaries. The group were a singular act among their peers and, more anecdotally, if you need to liven up a party, "Can I Kick It?" is guaranteed to get everyone moving.

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