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A Tribe Called Quest documentary set for US release

By | Published on Thursday 28 April 2011

A Tribe Called Quest

The new documentary focusing on legendary hip-hop outfit A Tribe Called Quest is set to roll out in the US this summer. The film, ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest ‘, will be screened in more than thirty cities on different dates in different parts of the country, beginning in New York City and LA on 8 Jul and ending on 12 Aug with showings at ten locations, including New Orleans and Pittsburgh.

The film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and was screened at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival yesterday, is the pet project of actor Michael Rapaport – whom you may remember from such roles as Pheobe’s mad police boyfriend in ‘Friends’ and Dick Ritchie in ‘True Romance’ – who began by financing the film himself.

After the film debuted at Sundance in January, Tribe man Q-Tip went public and said he had problems with the doc, discouraging fans from seeing it.

Commenting on that, Rapaport explains: “The differences Tip had, I think, came down to the fact that he’s an artist and a perfectionist who is always in control. He was the leader of Tribe. But I’m making the movie and I have to make the final decisions. He’s accustomed to making all of the decisions. I have thought about it a lot and if somebody made a movie as interpersonal as this about me, I don’t know that I’d be pleased with someone else making the decisions. To me, it’s a love letter to the band”.