‘Back in the days on the boulevard of Linden…’, four young men came together to form what would come to be one of the most important groups in Hip-Hop history (despite what Lupe Fiasco may believe). Actor Michael Rappaport’s long-awaited documentary is finally here to shed a bit of light on what happened afterwards.
‘Beats, Rhymes and Life: the Travels of A Tribe Called Quest’ was an official selection at both the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals and features commentary from Questlove, Pharell, Common, De La Soul and others alongside all four original members of the legendary Hip-Hop group. If you aren’t familiar with the Queens-group, this is a great chance for you to learn a little bit of Rap history (and why I look down my nose at these new Negroes with their Waka Flockas and Young Money coonery).Longtime fans will get the opportunity to hear from the horses’ mouths why the group disbanded (a huge blow-out between former best friends Q-Tip and Phife takes place in front of the cameras during the group’s 2008 reunion tour) and how likely it is that the final album that they owe Jive Records will come into fruition.
Check the film’s official site for show times and release dates. And, because it’s a beautiful summer day and totally on topic, here’s a little classic ATCQ for your afternoon. Notice how the women looked in videos back then: normal.