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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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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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  (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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A pretty in depth, admirable glimpse into the world of a landmark group, 10 October 2012
Author: davideo-2 from United Kingdom

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Acclaimed director and massive ATCQ fan Michael Rapaport delves into the origins and history of A Tribe Called Quest, one of the most pioneering, influential hip hop groups to emerge since rap burst onto the mainstream with Rapper's Delight in the late 70s/early 80s. Rapaport charts how the groups evolvement started when they met up as friends, to mix beats in their spare time, and how they tried to just be simple entertainment, in contrast to some of the more inflamatory, anti-authoritarian hip hop groups that went before them (as well as explaining the origins of their odd name) before catching up with them on their 2008 reunion tour, where member Phife Dawg has made a comeback after treatment for diabetes.

There doesn't seem to be an awful lot of variety in music these days, with everything pretty interchangeable from everything else, and a lot of new stuff not having the confidence to break away from what went before it and trying to branch out on it's own. So it's a shame that a lot of this samey music does contain a strong hip hop flavour to it, since we have a film here that tries to tell the story of a group from a time when rap was coming into it's own as an art form and spreading it's wings and flying in the charts. There was a genuine, truthful message either way to it, whether they be ardent political statements or just spreading a message of chilling out and getting down.

It's clear Rapaport's a fan, and there is a genuine air of passion and depth about his subjects. But, as is clear in any group of friends, they were obviously some conflicting personalities and, while they managed to work together as a group, tensions could and did inevitably combust back stage. While neither Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammed or Jarobi White exactly gave off a Tupac Shakur vibe about them, it's clear their 'street attitude' was still there and they weren't afraid to throw the f word around liberally. Still, ATCQ were hardly a group that especially glamourized the nastier things in life, while not exactly spreading a message of peace, just distracting the youth from getting into trouble with their funky, jammy beats.

As a suburban white kid (but quite a big fan) there are some aspects of the culture groups like ATCQ represented that will probably always be anathema to me, but that's not to say it's hard to see why groups like them became as successful as they did or grew the fan base they did. ****

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