Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Tribe Called Quest Documentary

Last night I was fortunate to see the new documentary "Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" at Tempe Marketplace. The reason I say I was fortunate enough is because well although Arizona is considered a top ten major city to live in, it's not technically known for its hip hop scene so when I found out a few months ago that Arizona would be screening the documentary, I bought the tickets as soon as I could.

This film is directed by comedian/actor, Michael Rappaport who is a huge hip hop lover and this documentary is his love letter to A Tribe Called Quest. I must say despite the controversy and animosity that was built up behind the scenes regarding it, I thought the documentary was very well done. The controversy started because Tribe wanted creative control over the film, but being as it's a documentary, Rappaport said it wasn't a good idea. Q-Tip felt that the documentary focused too much on the beef between he and group member, Phife and not on what Tribe did musically for the past 20 years. However, I don't agree with Tip, I mean, we want to see the rise, fall, and rise again of this legendary hip hop group. We want to see the truth and not just the sugarcoated side of it.

The documentary was entertaining, funny, full of hip hip history, and even tore at your heart strings a little at times. There was special guest appearances by the Beastie Boys, Common, Pharrell (yum), De La Soul, ?uestlove, and more. 

To check if it's coming to a city near you, click here! Don't sleep on this film!

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