Even as a young suburban kid growing up in the 1990s, the music of A Tribe Called Quest found its way into my life. Their smooth rhymes and lyrical beats wore out my cassette player, CD player but then they seemingly disappeared for a while. At the time, without the internet or viable entertainment news, finding out what happened to the hip hop legends wasn’t the easiest thing. This summer, you’ll find out in a theater near you.

One of the most entertaining documentaries to play this year’s Sundance Film Festival (read my glowing review here) Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, directed by Michael Rapaport, will enjoy a limited release on July 8 and you can see its first trailer after the jump. Read More »

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While Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest isn’t the best documentary I saw at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, it’s far and away the most fun. Directed by actor Michael Rapaport, it tells the rise, fall and rise again, of one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time: A Tribe Called Quest. Infused with their music, behind the scenes footage and deeply personal and revealing interviews, Rapaport has crafted both a love letter to Tribe while also telling the simple story of what success does to friendship. Read More »

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