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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.”
And he did.
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.
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.
Bet.com: Q&A: Michael Rapaport’s Quest for “Beats, Rhymes & Life”
The filmmaker discusses the movie, the drama and the film you won’t be seeing in theaters.
By Ronke Idowu Reeves
Posted: 07/05/2011 09:44 AM EDT
When actor turned director Michael Rapaport, a self-professed longtime A Tribe Called Quest fan, set out to make a documentary on the prolific hip hop group, the result, Beats Life & Rhymes, was supposed to be the perfect cinematic love letter to his favorite group. But what has erupted in the press since the film has been praised everywhere from Sundance to Tribeca to the Los Angeles Film Festivals has been a war of words between Q-Tip and Rapaport via Twitter, MTV and the press over the film’s content, overall scope and final cuts.
BET.com caught up with Rapaport to discuss what went wrong, his relationship with Q-Tip and some of the scenes you won’t be seeing when the movie opens.