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

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Synopsis:
A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercial successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seem to diminish. This insightful film, directed by Michael Rapaport, takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes journey - chronicling the group's rise to fame and revealing the stories behind the tensions which erupted in the years to come.

Genre: Education/General Interest
Director: Michael Rapaport - Actor
Theatrical Release: 2011
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 97 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: English

Synopsis:
A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercial successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seem to diminish. This insightful film, directed by Michael Rapaport, takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes journey - chronicling the group's rise to fame and revealing the stories behind the tensions which erupted in the years to come.

Actor Michael Rapaport turns documentary filmmaker with this look at the turbulent career of progressive New York hip-hop outfit A Tribe Called Quest. Interviews with such fans and contemporaries as the Beastie Boys, De La Soul, Ludacris, Kanye West, and Common reveal how the group helped steer collective hip-hop consciousness in an exciting new direction by combining divergent styles and penning positive lyrics before deciding to call it quits back in 1998. Additional interviews with members Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip, and Phife Dawg during their 2008 reunion tour offer added insight into their glory days as hip-hop pioneers, and life after A Tribe Called Quest.;

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Michael Rapaport - Actor
Robert Benavides - Director of photography
Madlib - Underground Rapper/Producer
Peanut Butter Wolf -
James Blagden -
Herbert Terrace -
Phillip Niemeyer -
Mary J. Blige - R&B Music Performer
Busta Rhymes - Rapper/Actor
Q-Tip - RAPPER/ACTOR
Pharrell Williams - Producer, Singer
Common - Chicago-based Rapper/Songwriter
Prince Paul - Additional Music, POOTIE TANG (2001)
DJ Red Alert -
Pete Rock - Hip, Hop
Phife Dawg - Of A Tribe Called Quest
Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Of A Tribe Called Quest
Jarobi White -
Large Professor -
Barry Weiss - Music Executive
Box Office
06/03/2011
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts mix of elements makes it a notable statement on the band and their creative process. Inimitable in form and content, it has something for everyone: a robust mix of experimental artistry, unbridled passion and intense conflict."
Los Angeles Times
07/08/2011
"An exploration of the history of a New York hip-hop collective, the documentary BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST captures a sense of the shared bonds and joys of music-making..."
Washington Post
07/15/2011
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] compelling look at the group's inner workings..."
Entertainment Weekly
07/08/2011
"BEATS is a welcome blast of '90s nostalgia, taking us back to a time -- and a sound -- that pulsates with optimism." -- Grade: B+
Sight and Sound
03/01/2012
"It's this tension -- between the joyful nostalgia for the group's glory days and these spikier present-day predicaments -- that captures perfectly the essence of what A Tribe Called Quest always represented: beats, rhymes and life."

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