From Public Radio International’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn:
Michael Rapaport has an extensive list of acting credits, from Woody Allen films to roles on Boston Public, Friends, and Prison Break. For his newest project, he began with a vision to profile his favorite hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, and ended up documenting their deep-rooted friendships and conflicts along with the musical history of the group.
His documentary, called Beats, Rhymes and Life is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray.
NYDailyNews.com: Michael Rapaport moves behind the camera to chronicle hip-hop favorites A Tribe Called Quest
By Jacob E. Osterhout
In a perfect world, Michael Rapaport would bike to Astoria every day to eat an overstuffed sandwich from Sal, Kris & Charlie’s Deli.
But the world isn’t perfect.
In fact, on this particularly sunny New York day, the 41-year-old actor — his films include and Woody Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite” and “Small Time Crooks” — has such a bad stomachache, he doesn’t even bother to unwrap his sandwich.
Instead, he downs two ginger ales and stares longingly at his order — a sandwich full of five meats, three cheeses, four veggies, dressing, mustard and mayo, aptly named “The Bomb.”
"I’m not hungry right now, but I promise you that by the end of the day that sandwich will be eaten," he says with a thick New York accent. "It’s perfection. It would be criminal to let the best sandwich in this city go to waste."
NYTimes.com: Asked and Answered | Michael Rapaport
By KATHRYN BRANCH | July 8, 2011, 12:29 pm
In 1998, when the hip-hop luminaries A Tribe Called Quest announced that their show at New York’s famous Tramps nightclub would be their last, fans and fellow musicians everywhere were devastated. There was no curtain call, no bows taken; it just ended. The Manhattan-born actor Michael Rapaport (“Zebrahead,” “Higher Learning”), a son of the general manager to WKTU-FM (Disco 92) and then just a fan in the crowd (he flew in from Mexico for the show), might have been the most crushed, saying now it felt as if his parents were getting divorced. Others in the loyal crowd included the actor Leonardo DiCaprio and the rapper Busta Rhymes, whom many consider the fifth member of the Tribe. Eight years later, at Tribe’s reunion show at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, Rapaport applauded his favorite group backstage. “Someone needs to make a documentary about you guys,” he told Tribe’s front man, Q-Tip, whom he had met only briefly before. The response? “Go ahead, do it.”
Global Grind: Michael Rapaport Goes On A Journey With A Tribe Called Quest
In case you’ve been living in a cave and haven’t heard, hip-hop legends and multiplatinum selling artists A Tribe Called Quest are featured in the documentary “Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” which has received great reviews across the board and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival last week.
The directorial debut of actor/comedian Michael Rapaport is the first ever hip-hop group documentary and has generated a considerable buzz, not only from the positive reviews but also from surprising revelations in the film about the nature of the relationship between the group members.
GlobalGrind had a chance to kick it with Michael Rapaport and talk about the challenges of making the film, his relationship with ATCQ, fainting in the club back in the day and stalking Rihanna.
Global Grind: Michael Rapaport Has A Celebrity Crush On Lady Gaga, Rihanna, J. Lo And His Other Favorite Things!
Over the past month, Michael Rapaport has been traveling like crazy promoting his highly-anticipated and buzzed-about directorial debut, “Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest.”
The film has gotten props at Sundance, Tribeca and the LA Film Festival and is set to drop this Friday, July 8th in New York and Los Angeles (then nationwide after).
Mike took time out of his busy schedule to stop by GlobalGrind offices and talk about his crush on a popstar, his surprise dream acting role, and a children’s TV show he can’t stop watching.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
I like @LMAOTwitpics. It’s like these silly pictures they send out. Those are good. Maybe I’m too negative for Twitter. Twitter is so like “Hey everybody! I hope you’re having a great day! It’s so warm out! Enjoy it!” I’m like “what the fuck?” you know? I don’t wanna hear that. @English50cent tweets are good and @shitmydadsays. And Bill Simmons.
Huffington Post: A Film Called Quest: A Peek At Beats, Rhymes And Life
By Wyatt Closs
Don’t know much about hip-hop but like a good story? While sounding like a baby boomer droning on about how the Beatles were the greatest of all time and everything else an empty shell, I’m brought to that temptation about A Tribe Called Quest after seeing a love letter to hip-hop called Beats Rhymes and Life, the documentary about them. The passion, heartache, energy, raw honesty, complaints, hope, and dismay of a love letter is all there.
"Yeah, I’m a pretty thorough fan," said Michael Rapaport, director, actor and self-proclaimed hip-hop head, in a recent interview. "I mean, my Dad brought Sugarhill Gang to me when I was 9. And I would listen to people on the radio like cool DJ Red Alert and Mister Magic like it was unlocking some kind of secret, cracking a code," he said.