Beats, Rhymes and Life : The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this Saturday January 22, 2011. The documentary directed by actor Michael Rapaport, goes behind the scenes on the rise and fall of one of the most innovative Hip Hop groups of all time. The movie is 95 minutes long and has recently drawn scrutiny from member Q-Tip who did not completely agree with how the movie was produced. Madlib composed the score and Peanut Butter Wolf is the music supervisor for the film….Can’t wait to check this movie out!!
Here is a brief synopsis of Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest.
Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip-hop bands of all time, A Tribe Called Quest has kept a generation hungry for more of its groundbreaking music since the group’s much-publicized breakup in 1998. The band shaped a unique sound by wedding jazz-infused musicscapes to Afrocentric rhymes espousing unity and community. Its music became the anthem for cool and broke down barriers for people who had never before connected with hip-hop. In spite of unparalleled artistic success, however, the group encountered pitfalls that eventually caused its tumultuous breakup.
Beats, Rhymes & Life, the feature directorial debut of acclaimed actor Michael Rapaport, documents the inner workings and behind-the-scenes drama that follow the band even today and explores what’s next for a group many claim are the pioneers of alternative rap. Rapaport’s passion for his subjects allows them to open up to the camera, resulting in a remarkably honest, emotional portrait that does justice to this seminal band.
Check out a few scenes from the film: