Rated R · 97 minutes · 2011

Character actor Michael Rapaport loves hip hop. His son is named for a member of De La Soul. That immersion lends him a certain credibility as a director of this documentary, but it also hinders his ability to tell the most impactful story he can. A Tribe Called Quest remains one of the most influential acts in hip hop, 20-odd years after it arrived on the scene. Ingeniously blending jazz samples, Q-Tip's heady lyrics and Phife Dog's memorable raps, Tribe was a more musically inclined hip hop. The band members also stopped getting along after a few years, which is certainly not uncommon. A great peek behind the curtain, Beats, Rhymes and Life tries to present too many angles. A more focused film would have been excellent, although the one we have is still pretty good.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/beatsrhymesandlife
Director: Michael Rapaport
Producer: Niraj Bhatia and Dan Burks


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Indy Week Local hip-hop heavyweights discuss the new A Tribe Called Quest documentary Rapper Phonte Coleman, producer Commissioner Gordon, DJ Nanci O and Tribe zealot/ Colony Theatre manager Denver Hill give us their take on this tale of Tribe. by Craig D. Lindsey 08/10/2011
NUVO Ed reviews 'Beats, Rhymes & Life...' Never mind the fame, the money, and the hip-hop trappings, this is a poignant story about A Tribe Called Quest, school friends who try to remain pals as the years go by. by Ed Johnson-Ott 08/10/2011
Memphis Flyer The Rhyming Life A documentary tribute to a timeless hip-hop band. by Addison Engelking 08/25/2011

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