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Michael Rapaport Takes A Look Back At 'Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • November 10, 2011 7:04 PM
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One of the most acclaimed documentary films of the year, and decidedly a Playlist team favorite, "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest,” Michael Rapaport's directorial debut, has had a stellar reception from audiences and critics. A thorough, honest and emotionally piercing look at the history and troubles of the legendary A Tribe Called Quest, the documentary is an outstanding achievement that captures a crucial piece of hip-hop history. When we saw the film at the Tribeca Film Festival this past spring, we called it "utterly engaging, completely infectious enough to bring out a sense of giddyness in you, raw and thrilling." When Q-Tip, arguably the leader of the group, criticized the documentary on Twitter, we tracked the beef in an extensive article and a few weeks later would sit down with Rapaport for an interview that illuminated his feelings on the criticisms and more.

Weekend Box Office: 'Captain America' Is Number One, Because That's Just How America Does It

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 24, 2011 3:44 AM
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Marvel is doing the right thing with their superhero productions. They wisely didn’t break the bank after “Iron Man” did a little under $100 million in its opening weekend, instead opting for future adventures within their universe for around the same cost every time. Even with “The Avengers,” said to be the big kahuna in Marvel’s strategy, they kept costs down thanks to cheap multi-film contracts and economic micromanaging.

In Theaters: 'Horrible Bosses' Or 'The Zookeeper'? You Decide

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 8, 2011 6:39 AM
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Hello my summer chickadees, have your retinas grown back after the assault of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"? I'm peeping through protective lenses as I type my weekly missive to you. This weekend doesn't hold quite as much bombast in new releases, so if your addiction to explosions and CGI rears its head, you'll have to revisit some of our earlier summer releases. Or just take it down a notch with some low brow comedy. If you like your comedy R-rated, we have "Horrible Bosses." If you want to take a kid (or you have a massive head wound), check out "The Zookeeper" with the maestro of fat man physical comedy, Kevin James. There are also a few other new selections in theaters, or you may just have to get outside and soak up the Vitamin D.

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.

Watch: Kick It With The Trailer For 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2011 6:15 AM
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Do we even have to tell you how how vital, important and mostly, great A Tribe Called Quest were? If we do, you need to get schooled son, but for the rest of you a documentary is on the way about legendary hip hop group, and trust us, it's essential.

Great Poster For Tribe Called Quest Doc ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life’ & New 'Harry Potter' One Sheet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 10:11 AM
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Yep, it's summer, so it means the posters will keep on coming.

Already Sick Of Blockbusters? The Playlist's Guide To The Alternative Summer Movie Highlights

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 6, 2011 4:10 AM
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The summer of 2011 is more stuffed with blockbusters than ever before, with every week bringing a new tentpole. We ran those films down earlier in the week, with Part 1, being those that look half-decent or better, Part 2 being those that we're more wary of, or even dreading. But in a summer like this, it's even more important than ever that those who truly care about cinema don't just settle for the big movies, but seek out the smaller releases as well.

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.

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