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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest -- A documentary on legendary hip-hop troupe A Tribe Called Quest.
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19 January 2012 (Netherlands) See more »
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Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Phife Dawg ... Himself (as Malik Izaak Taylor aka Phife Diggy)
Ali Shaheed Muhammad ... Himself

Q-Tip ... Himself (as Kamaal Fareed)
Jarobi White ... Himself

Adam Horovitz ... Himself (as Ad-Rock)

Adam Yauch ... Himself (as MCA)

Ahmir-Khalib Thompson ... Himself (as Questlove)
Andres Titus ... Himself
Angie Martinez ... Herself
Barry Weiss ... Himself, CEO, Jive Records
Barbara Esmilla ... Herself
Bobbito Garcia ... Himself
Cheryl Taylor ... Herself (as Cheryl Boyce-Taylor)

Ludacris ... Himself

Chris Lighty ... Himself (as Violatest)
Deisha Head Taylor ... Herself
Drea Smith ... Himself
Doc McKinney ... Himself

Mary J. Blige ... Herself
Rashied Lonnie Lyn ... Himself
Dexter Mills ... Himself
Kool DJ Red Alert ... Himself (as DJ Red Alert)

Mos Def ... Himself
Jerry Tineo ... Himself
Kelvin Mercer ... Himself
Kenny Smith ... Himself (as Kenny 'The Jet' Smith)
Lester Fernandez ... Himself
Paul Huston ... Himself

Mike D ... Himself
Michael Small ... Himself
Monie Love ... Herself
Nathaniel Hall ... Himself

Pharrell Williams ... Himself
Robert Power ... Himself

Tariq Trotter ... Himself (as Black Thought)
Walter Cummings ... Himself
Vincent Mason ... Himself (as DJ Maseo)
W.P. Mitchell ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Too $hort ... Himself
Skeff Anselm ... Himself
Africa Baby Bam ... Himself
The Beatnuts ... Themselves
Danny Boy ... Himself
Ooh Child ... Himself (as Teddy Tedd of Awesome 2)

Common ... Himself

Consequence ... Himself
Phesto D. ... Himself
Dave ... Himself
De La Soul ... Themselves
Leor Dimant ... Himself (as DJ Lethal)
Patrick Douthit ... Himself (as 9th Wonder)
Dres ... Himself
Everlast ... Himself

Mike G. ... Himself (as Jungle Brother)
Jungle Brothers ... Themselves
Special K. ... Himself (as Special K of Awesome 2)

Ghostface Killah ... Himself

Talib Kweli ... Himself
Mr. Magic ... Himself, radio host

Dennis Miller ... Himself, TV host (archive footage)
Opio ... Himself

Prince Paul ... Himself
A. Plus ... Himself (as A-Plus)
Posdnous ... Himself
Large Professor ... Himself

Busta Rhymes ... Himself

Minnie Riperton ... Herself (archive footage)
Pete Rock ... Himself

Freddy Rodríguez ... Himself
Dante Ross ... Himself
Jim Swaffield ... Himself
Tajai ... Himself
Chang Weisberg ... Himself

Michael Rapaport ... Himself / Interviewer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Rapaport 
 
Produced by
A Tribe Called Quest .... producer (as ATCQ)
Justin Alvarado-Brown .... co-producer
Robert Benavides .... producer
Eddie Bernard .... associate producer
Niraj Bhatia .... executive producer
Dan Burks .... executive producer
Zack Free .... executive producer
Christopher Isenberg .... producer: animation
Debra Koffler .... producer
Rémy Martin .... executive producer
Eric Matthies .... producer
Frank Mele .... producer
Edward Parks .... producer
Monica J. Talavera .... associate producer
Qiana Wallace .... associate producer
Rachel Ward .... associate producer (as Rachel N. Ward)
Erika Williams .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Madlib 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Benavides (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lenny Mesina 
 
Art Department
James Blagden .... artwork
 
Sound Department
Joe Dzuban .... supervising sound editor
Rick Ficara .... sound: location
Kelsey Jordan .... sound engineer: Japan/Australia
Eddie Kim .... sound design: animation
Craig Mann .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Pate .... sound: location
Evan Rautiainen .... mix technician
Paul Seradarian .... sound editor
Maynard Snyder .... sound engineer: A Tribe Called Quest
Rin Takada .... sound: location, Japan
Bob Tiwana .... sound: location (as Bob Tiwan)
 
Visual Effects by
Taku Hazeyama .... motion graphics artist
Mark Kudsi .... motion graphics director
Peter Nelson .... motion graphics producer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Benavides .... camera operator
Jason B. Bergh .... additional camera (as Jason Bergh)
Jeb Bergh .... additional camera
Debra Koffler .... camera operator
Eric Matthies .... additional camera
Michael Rapaport .... additional camera
Brian Kubovcik .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jon Sajetowski .... additional camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
James Blagden .... animator
Brian Cariaga .... animator
Aaron Frebowitz .... animator
Amelia Grohman .... animation assistant
Ryan Junell .... animation assistant
Philip Niemeyer .... animator
My Tran .... animator
Double Triple .... animation assistant
 
Editorial Department
Erik Johnson .... assistant editor
Marshall Plante .... colorist
Eric Pritchard .... on-line editor
AJ Schnack .... additional editor: The Edit Room
Debra Koffler .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Eric Matthies .... post-production producer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lawrence Fells .... music strategy
Gary Harris .... music supervisor
Money Mark .... additional original music
Frank Mele .... music clearances
Lenny Mesina .... music editor
Nate Nelson .... music clearances
Oh No .... additional original music (as Oh No the Disrupt)
Brad Robinson .... music clearances
Jason Ryterband .... music editor
Liuba Shapiro .... music consultant
Peanut Butter Wolf .... music supervisor (as Chris 'Peanut Butter Wolf' Manak)
 
Other crew
Bill Adler .... research assistant
Steven C. Beer .... legal
Steven C. Beer .... production consultant
Dylan Dawson .... research assistant
Salimah El-Amin .... archivist
Rebekah Foster .... tour manager: A Tribe Called Quest
Esq L. Londell McMillan .... legal council: A Tribe Called Quest
Esq Maria Miles .... legal
No Mas .... main titles/album sequences
Khalil 'Litro' Moses .... road manager: A Tribe Called Quest
Muhammed .... security
Koe Rodriguez .... archival photos
Frank C. Salzano .... legal
Monica J. Talavera .... management: A Tribe Called Quest
Monica J. Talavera .... manager: Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Jamie Thompson .... assistant: Q-Tip
Tricia Todd .... production staff
Greenberg Traurig .... legal
Qiana Wallace .... management: A Tribe Called Quest
Qiana Wallace .... manager: Q-Tip
Ben Weiss .... sales agent
 
Thanks
Joy Edgar .... special thanks
Khalil 'Litro' Moses .... thanks
Yang-won Park .... special thanks
Ben Selkow .... special thanks
Jason C. Ward .... thanks
 

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Rated R for language
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USA:97 min
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Certification:
Singapore:NC-16 | USA:R (certificate #46830)

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Electric Relaxation, 19 June 2011
Author: krisrox from Netherlands

A Tribe Called Quest is one the most enduring groups of hip hop's Golden Age. Combining jazzy loops with hard-hitting snares and fronted by two unique MCs/ personalities in Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, they banged out three classic albums in the early 90s. They were intelligent, innovative and had great chemistry. I can still vividly remember the news that they broke up: it confirmed the end of rap's heyday, not unlike The Beatles' break-up effectively ended the feel good 60s.

So yes, they deserved a 90-minute documentary. And "Beats, Rhymes and Life" delivers at this most basic level, telling us about the Tribe's travels in a very straightforward manner, which is good for (casual) fans. Michael Rapaport hits the right notes here: he cuts between classic songs, classic clips and solid - sometimes funny - anecdotes by the Jungle Brothers, Black Thought, Prince Paul, Jarobi, Dres, Common, De La Soul, Red Alert and Chris Lighty, to name a few. Q-Tip gets the most airtime, and the man has charisma to spare.

However, the story arc also aims to please non-fans and revolves around the break-up. It focuses heavily on the tensions within the group - especially between erstwhile best friends Q-Tip and Phife - and the drama that surrounds it until today. This setup helps avoid the dreaded "old men reminiscing about the good old days" effect found in many documentaries, but it still left me wondering: is this really the essence of the Tribe? We all know the group process can drive people crazy - we've seen it in a million rockumentaries. Meanwhile, the protagonists barely get to talk about the things that made them special: their creative vision, the development of their monumental sound, the risks they took.

Still, recommended for everybody, especially fans of Seaman's furniture. The music will win you over - Madlib's original soundtrack also rocks!

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