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11 items from 2011


Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

31 October 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

For someone unfamiliar with the inner workings of the hip-hop industry, Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest was a welcome lesson in musical history. The film chronicles the rise and fall of a group beloved by anyone remotely interested in hip-hop.

We begin on the streets of Queens, NY, with four young kids who befriended one another through their love of music. Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White came together to form A Tribe Called Quest in 1988, fitting into a newly emerging sect of the New York hip-hop scene. Along with The Jungle Brothers, De La Sol, Queen Latifa and many others, A Tribe Called Quest became part of a tight-knit group of rappers and musicians who called themselves The Native Tongues. Drawing on roots, bebop and jazz, to name a few, these artists sampled genres rarely used in hip-hop of the early 80s. »

- Melissa Kovner

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’

24 October 2011 3:08 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Actor Michael Rapaport proves himself a gifted documentarian with “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD and a gift for fans of the golden age of hip-hop. Documenting the ups and downs of one of the most beloved and influential bands in the history of rap, Rapaport has delivered a strong music doc that sags a bit near the end but nevertheless serves to remind viewers of the right age that hip-hop just ain’t what it used to be.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’m old enough to remember when A Tribe Called Quest hit the music world like a bomb. For the right listeners of the right age (of which I was one), the band was a part of a wave of bands that were revolutionizing hip-hop in their own way. I vividly remember De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Contest: Win Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest DVD

18 October 2011 10:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Michael Rapaport's documentary Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest will be released on Blu-ray and DVD October 18. We have a new contest lined up to celebrate this documentary on A Tribe Called Quest, and we're giving away copies of the DVD and a poster signed by Phife Dawg and director Michael Rapaport. These prizes will certainly go fast, so enter this contest today.

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Blu Monday: Pirates Arrive in Oompa Loompa Land

17 October 2011 6:01 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

 

Attack On Leningrad (2009)

Synopsis: When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a young and idealist police officer and together they will fight for their own survival and the survival of the people in the besieged Leningrad. (blu-ray.com)

Special Features: Unknown.

Baaria (2009)

Synopsis: Peppino, the nickname of the boy at the story’s heart, is a tough little kid in the 1930s, used to the rough-and-tumble world of Baaria (local slang for Tornatore’s native Bagheria), a hot and dusty Sicilian village with one main street. His adventures are many and his memories singular: men gambling in the local square, goats eating his schoolbooks, and »

- Movie Geeks

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Beats, Rhymes, Life…Tribe Called Quest Blu-ray/DVD

9 September 2011 9:33 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2011

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony Picture Homes Entertainment

The careers of hip hop legends are chornicled in Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest chronicles the past, present and uncertain future of the influential hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest and its members, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White.

Formed in Queens in the mid-1980s, the group is highly regarded for innovatively mixing jazz infused soundscapes with Afro-centric rhymes. Their innovation created a new sound that kicked off the hip hop movement that still dominates the music scene today.

A passion project of sorts for actor Michael Rapaport (Big Fan), in his feature film directorial debut, the music-and-performance-filled documentary features interviews with the members of the group and a menagerie of the hip hop elite, including Pharrell, Pete Rock, »

- Laurence

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Film Review: Hip-Hop Gets Personal in ‘Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’

15 July 2011 10:50 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Fueling his passion for hip-hop, director Michael Rapaport premieres his new documentary, “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest”. Proving that show biz never changes despite the category, this is a backstage look at the triumphs, misunderstandings, fall and rise again of the rap group “A Tribe Called Quest.”

Rating: 3.5/5.0

It all comes down to the human beings trying to create in a cooperative, and basically this document exposes a brotherhood gone a bit sour, given the trappings and distractions of the very fame they sought to create. For hip-hop neophytes, this is an essential chronicle of the time, when A Tribe Called Quest rocketed to the top of their game, turning rap on its ear with a bold direction. For fans and genre admirers, it gets inside the group members themselves as they struggle to make sense of it all, including the relationships that have been left behind. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest’ interview with director Michael Rapaport and Phife Dawg

14 July 2011 4:30 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Trailblazing the way for more rap documentaries just as A Tribe Called Quest did for its genre’s musical potential, Beats Rhymes & Life is a passion project by first-time director Michael Rapaport that goes deep into how important the quartet was during the ’90s. As heard in both underground and mainstream rap acts today, the influence of the group (who included members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White) is still prominent.

I sat down with first-time director Rapaport and Atcq member Phife Dawg to discuss the group’s influence on modern culture, the small existence of rap documentaries, the excitement of rap music in the ’80s, and more.

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest opens in Chicago on July 15.

There’s a lot of talk in this documentary about respect and influence. Is that an important component to musical history? Are financial numbers equal, »

- Nick Allen

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Interviews: Director Michael Rapaport, Phife Dawg on ‘Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’

13 July 2011 1:51 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Hip-hop owes part of its legacy to the Queens, New York rappers “A Tribe Called Quest.” The group’s story is explored in Director Michael Rapaport’s documentary, “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.”

Rapaport was a longtime admirer of the group, and approached them during a recent concert tour to express interest in telling their story. He was also fascinated by the notion that A Tribe Called Quest – featuring Q-Tip (Kameel Ibn John Fareed), Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor), DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White – burned bright and influentially as a group for close to 13 years, and then inexplicably broke up. The documentary tells their story from the beginning, through the difficult years and culminates in their recent comeback tour.

Phife Dawg, Q-Tip and Jarobi White in a Scene from ‘Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Photo Credit: © Sony Pictures Classic

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Check Out The New Trailer For Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest

3 June 2011 10:59 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Have a look at the new trailer for Michael Rapaport’s Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest opening in NY & La on July 8th. (via Yahoo! Movies)

In April 2011, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, Co-Chairmen of Sony Pictures Classics, announced that starting July 8th Michael Rapaport’s Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest would commence its platform release. Following in the tracks of A Tribe Called Quest concerts, the release of the film will mirror that of a concert tour. “Sony’s release strategy is a perfect tribute to the spirit of this film. I’m really excited to go on the road this summer and meet other true fans like myself” says Rapaport.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A tribe Called Quest is a documentary film directed by Michael Rapaport about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. »

- Michelle McCue

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Trailer for ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’

3 June 2011 2:15 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

True hip hop and rap fans should check this film out. Yahoo! Movies released the documentary of “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.” Here is film’s synopsis: Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as A Tribe Called Quest have kept a generation hungry for more of their groundbreaking music since their much publicized breakup in 1998. The documentary presents interviews from singers and rappers from De La Soul, The Roots, Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell, Ludacris, Beastie Boys, Mary J. Blige, Monie Love, Pete Rock, Large Professor, The Jungle Brothers and the members of A Tribe Called Quest. Actor Michael Rapaport makes his feature directorial debut to document the inner workings and behind the scenes drama. The film will be released in New York »

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‘Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’ Trailer

2 June 2011 11:02 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of the best documentaries at Sundance Film Festival this year was Michael Rapaport‘s long-gestating Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. He finally unleashed it upon audiences and it is an entertaining and insightful look at one of the best bands hip-hop has to offer. Featuring members Q-Tip, Phife, Ali and Jarobi, as well as guests such as Common, Ludacris, DJ Red Alert, the Jungle Brothers, Busta Rhymes, the Beastie Boys, Pharrell, Pete Rock and De La Soul, it is an absolute must-see for anyone remotely interested in the band.

You can check out our review here, but we now have the first official theatrical trailer from Yahoo. It does a great job on encapsulating everything there is to love about the film. Check it out below, as well as the official poster.

Synopsis:

A portrait of one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, »

- Jordan Raup

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