I’ve been sitting on this a while because I was waiting for a properly-synced trailer to find its way online. Today is that day (while it lasts).
Michael Rapaport has been working on a documentary about A Tribe Called Quest for the past 2 years called Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest . The documentary features interviews with members of the group and takes a look at the history of the legendary hip-hop group, as well as the personal lives of the artists. From the official site:
The story is told by the members themselves as they reunite after two years during the 2008 Rock the Bells tour to deliver sold out performances . On the tour they re-discover that their own personal differences may overpower their love for the group, countless, hard-core fans, and its ability to survive the pressures of fame, the record industry, and simply pursuing other interests in life. Rapaport, himself a hard core Tribe fan from the first album, panics when Q-Tip tells him “ this could be the last show” after mounting tension erupted at the event in San Francisco. Thus, begins a journey to go back and appreciate the huge contributions made by Tribe to the “whole structure of hip hop” as stated by Amir from the Roots, one of the many artists in the film influenced by Tribe’s unique sampling and layering of obscure jazz loops mixed with hip hop beats, as well as their playful but clever lyrics. Chronicles told of songs like “Scenario” and “Check the Rhyme” paint a vivid picture of what it was like coming up in Queens as young folks living and breathing hip hop in the early nineties.