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July 04, 2011

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

A-tribe-called-quest You're not likely to find a more charismatic or musically studied rapper than Q-Tip, the leader of the defunct rap group known as "A Tribe Called Quest." Actor-turned-director Michael Rapaport performs a labor of love to chart the group's '80s era rise toward their eventual break-up in 1998, and beyond.

Even if you've never heard any of the band's hugely popular songs, such as "Can I Kick It?" or "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo," it doesn't take long for the music to win you over.

Beats, Rhymes and Life' Review - The New York Times

Filled with energized performance clips and candid backstage personality clashes, the documentary carries a winning brand of unpretentiousness. There's no P-Diddy-styled posing going on here. Although the story of the band tips in the corner of the articulate Q-Tip (Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, formerly Jonathan Davis) to speak for the group, the other members get their fair say too.

Melodic Distraction - a-tribe-called-quest-remixes-atcq

The band's outspoken member Phife Dawg proves to be a very influential force of nature. Rapaport also interviews a wide spectrum of New York rap scene-makers and DJs to gain perspective on a unique rap group that eschewed the genre's trademark violent and misogynistic subject matter in favor of a more celebratory lyrical approach.

News: Trailer of A Tribe Called Quest documentary now available | The Find  Mag

"Beats, Thymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" is a galvanizing documentary capable of sending audience members out on personal musical quests of their own.

Movie Review - 'Beats, Rhymes & Life' - Between The 'Beats,' A Tribe Called  Stress : NPR

Rated R. 98 mins.

3 Stars

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