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Despite hitting bumps, Michael Rapaport’s ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest’ fulfills the actor-turned-director’s artistic desire.
By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2011
Long established as an independent movie star and television actor with a body of work stretching back nearly two decades, Michael Rapaport (“Deep Blue Sea,” “True Romance,” Fox TV’s “Prison Break”) decided to make the leap into directing a feature documentary for two reasons.
One was love for his subject matter: A Tribe Called Quest, the seminal late ’80s/early ’90s New York rap quartet that helped shape the sound and define the parameters of modern hip-hop. The other was a question: Will Tribe — which broke up in 1998 but has reunited several times to tour and perform international shows — ever record new music again?
The fruit of Rapaport’s labor, “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” premiered to a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival last Saturday. And from its opening sequence, it seemed the director had an answer for his other motivation.
“Is this your last show?” Rapaport asks Q-Tip, Tribe’s lead rapper and driving musical force, backstage after a performance featured in the documentary. “That’s it man,” Q-Tip replies. “I’ve been doing this 20 years, man. It’s a wrap, brother.”
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