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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest -- A portrait of one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as A Tribe Called Quest.
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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Release Date:
19 January 2012 (Netherlands) See more »
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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4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Good times.....I said I wouldn't cry!!! See more (9 total) »


  (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)

Yasiin Bey ... Himself (as Mos Def)
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:
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
Mike G. ... Himself (as Jungle Brother)

Ghostface Killah ... Himself
Jungle Brothers ... Themselves
Special K. ... Himself (as Special K of Awesome 2)

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
Erik Schrody ... Himself (as Everlast)
Jim Swaffield ... Himself
Tajai ... Himself

Too $hort ... Himself
Chang Weisberg ... Himself

Michael Rapaport ... Himself / Interviewer (uncredited)

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
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
No Mas .... main titles/album sequences
Maria Miles .... legal (as Esq Maria Miles)
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
Benjamin Weiss .... sales agent (as Ben Weiss)
Scott Crary .... special thanks (as S.A. Crary)
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
USA:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Singapore:NC-16 | USA:R (certificate #46830)

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Phife Dawg:But when it came to the black parties and the hip hop, once I saw them grab the mics and getting busy I risked my livelihood, getting kicked out of the house and everything just to be a part of it.See more »
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Good times.....I said I wouldn't cry!!!, 12 November 2011
Author: dutchbeats from Canada

If you grew up with rap and were a fan when Tribe was in their prime, you absolutely will not want to miss this. Michael Rapaport and crew brilliantly document this most ubiquitous, inventive and also accessible group of it's generation. I had to hold back the tears as I revisited those special times of my youth. Being a rap fan and beat maker since the 80's, I now know who was the man behind the productions of their first three legendary(understatement) albums, as the credits on their records always attributed production to the Tribe itself and not one person(that person is Q-Tip). Not that Ali is not also an incredible musician and producer in his own right as evidenced in his post-Tribe super group Lucy Pearl and other production works. As for Phife, you'll just have to see his remarkable story for yourself...

Speaking of Ali, one thing that really stayed with me, his statement about the spiritual and creative benefit of moving on, trying something new, not forgetting the past but working towards the future. In fact, this motto has been employed by all members of the Tribe beginning with Jarobi, who early in the 90's when the Tribe was on the rise decided to leave the group(albeit with an open door policy) to pursue another passion of his that has rewarded him success and happiness.

Many times our most celebrated creative heroes end up on a downward self destructive path and fall from grace, or they refuse to leave behind their formulas and habits at a detriment to their growth and their health, but these guys are champions in life, they are all leading rewarding lives doing some unexpected things, yet still make time to go on tour together. The time during which rap music was truly GREAT was short lived, maybe just a couple years....and it flashed past in the blink of an eye. This documentary will take you there, so much so you won't want to come back!

BTW I really, really, REALLY hope this isn't the last of Michael Rapaport's documentaries on Hip-Hop, clearly he is the man for the job.

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