Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
Director: Michael Rapaport

USA, documentary, 2011, 97 min
As “Beats, Rhymes & Life” begins, the rappers who anchored pioneering group A Tribe Called Quest are already going their separate ways. As youths in the mid-'80s, the Queens-born foursome of Tribe – Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White – found success with their exuberant exploration and combination of hip hop, pop and jazz. But in recent years, Q-Tip, the band's visionary and reluctant pop star, has tired of the street-bred capriciousness of his lyrical partner Phife, who is equally frustrated with Q-Tip. How these two friends and musical partners got to this state forms the guts of actor-turned-filmmaker Michael Rapaport's candid and combustible documentary.
About the director:
Michael David Rapaport (born March 20, 1970 in New York City) is an American, actor, director and a comedian. He has acted in more than forty films since the early 1990s. For his television credits he's best known for his roles on the television series “Boston Public”, “Prison Break”, “Friends”, and “The War at Home”.
Section: Music Moves the World

Dir. of Photography: Robert Benavides

Music: Madlib

Cast: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White