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Q-Tip condemns Tribe Called Quest documentary

By | Published on Thursday 17 March 2011


Rapper Q-Tip has spoken out against an upcoming documentary about his hip hop troupe, A Tribe Called Quest, who reformed in 2006.

He claims that director Michael Rapaport and his team are attempting to block the group out of creative decisions on the film, entitled ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life’, and to remove their collective co-producer credit. And he’s now backing these claims up with an email he was accidentally sent by another of the film’s producers.

The first sign of unrest on this project came in December, when Q-Tip tweeted that he no longer supported the project and said that Rapaport should “respect the band enough to honour our request regarding the film”.

Calling the mis-sent email a “godsend” in that it confirms previous suspicions, he told MTV News that it said: “First off, let’s close the billing block [the credits on published materials] and put it on the poster so they can’t get on that. Then we’ll fuck them on everything else”.