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SPOTLIGHT

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

Directed by Michael Rapaport
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 98 Minutes New York Premiere
FILM GUIDE BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
One of the most pioneering and beloved groups of all-time, A Tribe Called Quest seminally defined the sound of an early-'90s New York hip-hop scene that reverberated across the nation. Formed in 1985 by Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White, Tribe melded jazz-infused musicscapes and Afrocentric rhymes with bass-heavy rhythmic vibes, eclectic sampling, and intelligent lyrics addressing social and political issues with infectious energy.

Acclaimed actor Michael Rapaport (Zebrahead, Mighty Aphrodite) paints a remarkably personal portrait of the characters behind the group's sonic genius through their five albums, their highly publicized breakup in 1998, and beyond. Emotionally honest and forthright interviews with group members are intercut with electrifying footage of live performances, music videos from back in the day, and commentary from Common, Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, De La Soul, Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Ludacris, and the Beastie Boys. Whether or not A Tribe Called Quest will create another record remains a question—but the group's profound contribution to musical history and unparalleled artistic success undisputedly blazed a trail for future generations.
Documentary, Music
About the Director(s)
MICHAEL RAPAPORT got his break at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival in the award-winning film Zebrahead. Since then, he has appeared in more than 40 notable films, including True Romance, Higher Learning, Beautiful Girls, Copland, and Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite and Small Time Crooks. In 2006, he earned critical acclaim for the film Special.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2011
  • Length:
    98 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    New York
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White
  • Director:
    Michael Rapaport
  • Producer:
    Edward Parks, Michael Rapaport, Frank Mele, Eric Matthies, Robert Benavides, Debra Koffler, ATCQ
  • Editor:
    Lenny Mesina, AJ Schnack
  • Director of Photography:
    Robert Benavides
  • Composer:
    Madlib
  • Add'l Credit 1:
    Music Supervisor - Peanut Butter Wolf

Contacts
  • Director's Agent
    Steve Small
    Paradigm Agency
    Phone: 310.288.8000
  • Director's Manager
    Danny Sussman
    Brillstein Entertainment Partners
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Phone: 310.205.5164
  • Director
    Michael Rapaport
    Phone: 323.376.0158
    mikerap@mac.com
  • Producer
    Edward Parks
    RIVAL PICTURES
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
    Phone: 310.663.7347
    edparks@rivalpictures.net
  • Director's Agent
    Steve Small
    Paradigm Agency
    Phone: 310.288.8000
  • Director's Manager
    Danny Sussman
    Brillstein Entertainment Partners
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Phone: 310.205.5164
  • Director
    Michael Rapaport
    Phone: 323.376.0158
    mikerap@mac.com
  • Producer
    Edward Parks
    RIVAL PICTURES
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
    Phone: 310.663.7347
    edparks@rivalpictures.net

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