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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

Gross USA:

$1,200,326

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,200,326
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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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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.24 (2011) See more »

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An excellent look at the classic hip-hop group that is an excellent experience for any music fan.
28 July 2017 | by Jared9001See all my reviews

"Beats, Rhymes, and Life" does a very good job of exploring A Tribe Called Quest's beginnings as well as it's influence, and is the type of music documentary that all others should look to when trying to tell an artist's story in a impactful and informative way, and it checks off all of the boxes that one should expect such a movie to go through, but it doesn't just cover the group as a whole- it covers all of the members personal lives in a good yet relevant way. The reason why it works better than many other films in this genre is that it covers the bands breakup and fallings out as those things are actually happening; not everything is current and not everything is in hindsight-it's a really healthy and good mix, and that's something I really admire it for. In addition to that, interviews from other musicians that've been impacted by the group's influence do a decent (albeit sometimes generic) job of informing the viewer on the impact the group has actually had. My biggest issue with this film is that it feels a little too long, and sometimes there are interviews that don't feel entirely necessary, and become a little boring and inflate the running time, when what I really want to see is more info from the actual members of the tribe. Overall, I really enjoyed this film and would easily recommend it. 7.4/10


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