“Beats, Rhymes, and Life,” a new documentary about legendary hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, is nearing completion. Acclaimed actor and hip-hop aficionado, Michael Rapaport, has been working on the documentary for years, and it was just named as an in-competition film for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Premiering next year, the trailer for the documentary recently hit the web, and rap fans everywhere can’t wait to watch. The film, “Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Story of A Tribe Called Quest,” follows the group as they reunite on the 2008 Rock the Bells Tour after years apart. Told in their own words, the documentary offers a candid look at the group’s history, their influences, and the conflicts that nearly broke them up for good.
Because A Tribe Called Quest is such an integral part of hip-hop history, several musical heavyweights appear in the film to discuss their love for the group. New York’s legendary DJ Red Alert, Nas, The Roots, Native Tongues members like Monie Love, the Jungle Brothers, Busta Rhymes, and De La Soul, and newer artists such as Kanye West, Mos Def and Pharrell, all appear in the film to talk about Tribe’s influence on the genre.
Twenty years after Tribe’s debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, the group still plays to sold-out shows, headlines tours, and has all of their fans clamoring for a reunion album. This documentary is sure satisfy the fans and solidify Tribe’s place in musical history.
Peep the trailer for, “Beats, Rhymes and Life” and tell us your favorite A Tribe Called Quest song.