Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest July 8, 2011
A documentary film directed by Michael Rapaport about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. Examing the music of the 1990s hip-hop group as well as the conflicts that drove the band members apart. Having released five gold and platinum selling albums within eight years, A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history, and regarded as iconic pioneers of hip hop. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seems to diminish. A hard-core fan himself, Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement.
Phife Dawg (as Malik Izaak Taylor aka Phife Diggy), Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip. (as Kamaal Fareed), Jarobi White Adam Horovitz Himself (as Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys), Adam Yauch Himself (as MCA of Beastie Boys), Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, (as Questlove), Andres Titus, Angie Martinez, Barry Weiss CEO, Jive Records, Barbara Esmilla, Bobbito Garcia, Cheryl Taylor, (as Cheryl Boyce-Taylor), Ludacris, Chris Lighty, (as Violatest), Deisha Head Taylor, Drea Smith, Doc McKinney, Mary J. Blige, Rashied Lonnie Lyn, Dexter Mills, Kool DJ Red Alert, (as DJ Red Alert), Mos Def, Jerry Tineo, Kelvin Mercer, Kenny Smith, (as Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith), Lester Fernandez, Paul Huston, Mike D (Beastie Boys), Michael Small, Monie Love, Nathaniel Hall, Pharrell Williams, Robert Power, Tariq Trotter, (as Black Thought), Walter Cummings, Vincent Mason, (as DJ Maseo), W.P. Mitchell, Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Too $hort, Skeff Anselm, Africa Baby Bam, The Beatnuts, Danny Boy, Ooh Child (as Teddy Tedd of Awesome 2), Common, Consequence, Phesto D., Dave, De La Soul, Leor Dimant, (as DJ Lethal), Patrick Douthit, (as 9th Wonder), Dres, Everlast, Mike G. (as Jungle Brother) Jungle Brothers, Special K., (as Special K of Awesome 2), Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli, Mr. Magic, radio host, Dennis Miller, TV host (archive footage), Opio, Prince Paul, A. Plus, (as A-Plus), Posdnous, Large Professor, Busta Rhymes, Minnie Riperton, (archive footage), Pete Rock, Freddy Rodríguez, Dante Ross, Jim Swaffield, Tajai, Chang Weisberg, Michael Rapaport Himself / Interviewer (uncredited)