“Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest”
“Classic rock groups have been documented over and over—it’s time to start documenting the last great American form of music, hip-hop,” says actor Michael Rapaport about his directorial debut, a history of the eclectic Native Tongue rappers of the Eighties and Nineties. Rapaport, a longtime fan of A Tribe Called Quest, who compares the group's 1998 breakup to watching parents getting divorced, calls the film “raw and not overproduced”—it even includes footage of a fractious reunion show in 2008. Q-Tip, who participated in the project, offered up some enigmatic Tweets about the film after its Sundance premiere (“the director of the film cannot speak to what is in my head abt [sic] the documentary … but we are truly thankful for your interest in our music and your interest in this flattering look at our career”). Rapaport insists the comments are “a non-issue … Q Tip is passionate and cares about getting things right. I consider him a friend.” Sony Pictures Classics will release the film this summer.