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‘Mogul’: How the Hit Podcast Expertly Presents the Full, Complicated Picture of a Music Icon

‘Mogul’: How the Hit Podcast Expertly Presents the Full, Complicated Picture of a Music Icon
Glamour and introspection don’t always intersect, especially in the realm of documentary. Sometimes, the life and achievements of a particular individual shine so brightly that it’s easy to be blinded to the full effect that one life has on the other people in their orbit. But “Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty,” the latest podcast from Spotify, Gimlet Media and the Loud Speakers Network, chronicles the life of a hip-hop entrepreneur with awe, concern and a heavy heart.

It’s a tricky combination of emotions that powers a show like this, but finding a delicate, satisfying balance has helped gain some much-deserved notoriety. “Mogul” is one of the most popular new shows in the podcast world, firmly in the top ranks of the iTunes charts and with an additional prominent placement in Spotify’s growing foray into the podcast sphere.

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Horror Director Eli Roth: My Top 5 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

Horror Director Eli Roth: My Top 5 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time
Before he was polarizing audiences with horror films Cabin Fever and Hostel, film director and Hemlock Grove executive producer Eli Roth was a suburban teenager becoming obsessed with hip-hop.

'Off the Cuff' With Peter Travers: An Interview With Eli Roth

For the man who directed Snoop Dogg's "La La La" and co-wrote RZA's directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists, the relationship between hip-hop and film runs deep. "The only people who know more about movies than directors are rappers," Roth tells Rolling Stone. "All Snoop
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Q-Tip Teaming w/ Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill To Produce Scripted Series On Native Tongues

Q-Tip is entering the TV production space with a new scripted series that will be based on his early years as a member of A Tribe Called Quest, and the entire Native Tongues collective (Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, et al). Joining Q-Tip in bringing this project to the screen are Leonardo DiCaprio and his Wolf Of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill, with DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company producing. The series isn't set up at any network yet, but Deadline says it'll be shopped around starting next week. Let's hope it goes to a cable TV channel like an HBO, Showtime, FX, or AMC. No word yet on whether there's any involved from Q-Tip's band-mates, Phife Dawg, Ali...
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Leonardo DiCaprio & Jonah Hill Producing TV Series Based On Q-Tip's Hip-Hop Career

It looks like that party hasn't stopped for Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill following "The Wolf of Wall Street." The pair have clearly hit it off, and while we'll wait to see if they team up on the big screen again, for now they are working together on a TV project that's inspired by one of the most influential hip-hop artists of our generation. Deadline reports that DiCaprio and Hill are teaming with Q-Tip (who is apparently best buds with Leo) to produce an untitled TV series that will be based on the rapper's years as part of A Tribe Called Quest and hanging with the circle of groups that were part of the Native Tongues collective (which including Jungle Brothers and De La Soul among other friends, guests and more). And it's easy to see why this would be potent drama, capturing New York City at a particularly fertile and groundbreaking time for hip-hop,
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Q-Tip Developing TV Series With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill

Q-Tip Developing TV Series With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill
According to Deadline.com, Q-Tip is partnering with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill to develop a TV series based on the rapper's experiences with the Native Tongues collective, a loose late Eighties alliance between his A Tribe Called Quest and the Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and more. The trio's show will reflect on the posse's friendship and how their music influenced younger rappers.

Why The Low End Theory Is One of the 500 Greatest Albums

Native Tongues blazed alternative rap trails with their laid-back, witty and progressive styles.
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10 Best Female Rap Artists

Female Rappers have existed as long as Hip Hop itself but it took a while for them to be established on the scene. Roxanne Shante was one of the first female rappers to score success back in 1984 during the Roxanne Wars between Utfo and DJ Marley Marl. I think she really set the bar for female rappers in terms of quality of rapping.

Once considered rare and exotic, female MCs are plentiful in rap now and my top 10 Female Rappers can hold their own with any male rapper out there. New and exciting female artists are emerging on the scene all the time and adding spice to the world of Hip Hop. I have compiled for you a list of who I think are the best female rappers who have worked in the industry. If I have forgotten any of your personal favourites please drop me a line in the comment box below.

Preview 'The Rise And Fall And Rise of Sensational' (Portrait Of An Eccentric Artist)

Five years in the making, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Sensational is an portrait of an eccentric artist - the life and music of Colin Julius Bobb, aka Sensational. Described as part rapper, part genius, and part sonic menace, this consummate hypercreative lives completely in his own reality. He’s also one of the most bizarre, paradoxical, and creative names in hip-hop, a true character whose self-destructive tendencies and unique worldview come to the fore in this comical yet moving documentary. The Rise and Fall and Rise of Sensational includes contributions from colleagues, collaborators, and fans such as producer Bill Laswell, Mike G from the Jungle Brothers,...
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Does Nicki Minaj's 'Starships' Make Her Any Less Hip-Hop?

In the wake of Minaj's feud with Hot 97, MTV News examines what real hip-hop is and who gets to decide.

By Rob Markman

Nicki Minaj in the "Starships" video

Photo: Young Money/Cash Money/Universal

A funny thing happened on the way to Summer Jam. All hip-hop hell broke loose after an off-the-cuff comment by a radio DJ led rap's reigning queen to pull out of the year's biggest rap concert. Nicki Minaj versus Hot 97 has no doubt become the biggest rap gossip of the week, but once the drama subsides, an eternal discussion will still linger: What is real hip-hop? And who gets to decide?

In one corner there's rap purist and Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg, who trashed Nicki's RedOne-produced crossover machine "Starships" in front of concertgoers just hours before she was scheduled to take the stage. In the other corner there is Nicki Minaj, whose pop success
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Kanye West, Fat Joe Channel Native Tongues On 'Pride N Joy'

Fat Joe tells MTV News his latest single is 'what hip-hop is supposed to be.'

By Rob Markman

Fat Joe

Photo: MTV News

During the early 1990s, the Native Tongues was one of rap's most influential collectives. Comprised of groups A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Jungle Brothers, the crew collaborated on beloved hip-hop tracks like De La's "Buddy" and "A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'." It's unifying tracks like those that inspired Fat Joe's latest single "Pride N Joy."

"That's exactly what it was," Fat Joe said of the song's Native Tongues comparisons. "It was like Native Tongues, it was like crazy, everybody was in there, and that's what hip-hop is supposed to be."

The track was produced by Kanye West and brought Miguel, Roscoe Dash, Jadakiss, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes and DJ Khaled all together in the studio. It was Yeezy who put the plan in motion.
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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

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

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

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Summary:  The story of hip hop's seminal group could use a lot less whining.

You totally know who Michael Rapaport is. He's that New York-y ginger guy from the movies. He was Kevin in Mighty Aphrodite. You know, this guy.

Of all people, he's about the last one you'd expect to make a feature documentary about the seminal, Queens-born hip hop ground A Tribe Called Quest, but so he has. Much like Pearl Jam Twenty, Beats Rhymes & Life catalogs two decades in a band's evolution, but sadly, is not a story of musicians bound by their determination to break rules and expand their sound. It is the story of artists torn apart by petty differences they carelessly allowed to fester. An appropriate subtitle would be A Damn Shame.

The first half of Rapaport's film is an exuberant collage of Queens, New York in the mid-1980s. It was a time
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Contest: Win Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest DVD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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