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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)

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Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phife Dawg ... Himself (as Malik Izaak Taylor aka Phife Diggy)
Ali Shaheed Muhammad Ali Shaheed Muhammad ... Himself
Q-Tip ... Himself (as Kamaal Fareed)
Jarobi White Jarobi White ... Himself
Adam Horovitz ... Himself (as Ad-Rock)
Adam Yauch ... Himself (as MCA)
Ahmir-Khalib Thompson ... Himself (as Questlove)
Angie Martinez ... Herself
Barry Weiss Barry Weiss ... Himself, CEO, Jive Records
Barbara Esmilla Barbara Esmilla ... Herself
Bobbito Garcia Bobbito Garcia ... Himself
Cheryl Taylor Cheryl Taylor ... Herself (as Cheryl Boyce-Taylor)
Ludacris ... Himself
Chris Lighty ... Himself
Deisha Head Taylor Deisha Head Taylor ... Herself
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Storyline

Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as 'A Tribe Called Quest' have kept a generation hungry for more of their groundbreaking music since their much publicized breakup in 1998. Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows the band to this day. He explores what's next for, what many claim, are the pioneers of alternative rap. Written by Anonymous

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rap | hip hop | See All (2) »

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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Beats, rhymes & life See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$111,982, 10 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,200,046, 13 November 2011
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rival Pictures, Om Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Phife Dawg: But when it came to the black parties and the hip hop, once I saw them grab the mics and getting busy I risked my livelihood, getting kicked out of the house and everything just to be a part of it.
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.24 (2011) See more »

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Beats, Rhymes and A Great Documentary
11 July 2011 | by Sweet_TweetSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film tremendously.

Beats, Rhymes and Life tells the story of a tremendous pioneer in the art form of Hip Hop and young men that grew up together as a creative entity. The ultimate success and longevity of any group is driven by the interpersonal relationship.

Micheal Rapaport shows the complexity of the personal relationships as the group matured and it's impact on the business.

I was a casual fan of "A Tribe Called Quest" going in ... I feel much more connected to the music and the group upon leaving the theater.

I highly recommend this film for anyone, casual or committed fan or if you've never heard of this group.


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