I got to watch the Tribe film, and The Source and Combat Jack were gracious enough to post my thoughts on the film …
Review: Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
Words By Jimmy Valentime
After months of back and forth, speculation, and controversy the movie Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. As a fan of the group who was too young to experience them during their initial run, I was anxious but hesitant see the film considering Q-tips harsh words towards the film’s director Michael Rapaport.
The film acts as both a traditional documentary and a tour dairy of Tribe Called Quest appearance at Rock the Bells in 2008. The film is uneven but awe inspiring, as you see the group performing live and show how they created their music. It’s a beautiful film, made by someone who cares about the group’s legacy and impact. At the same time, Michel Rapport is telling a story and based on how he edited the film, it’s very evident as to who he agrees with.
The film shows how all the members of the group first met. Tip and Phife have known each other since they were toddlers and the other members had gotten to know each other by the time they were freshmen in high school. Tribe tells the stories of meeting The Jungle Brothers in high school, getting their break through New York radio personality and rap legend DJ Red Alert, becoming members of the Zulu Nation and the creation of The Native Tongues.
The Tribe talks extensively about their first three albums and you get to see the fan reaction of famous peers such as Black Thought, Pharrell, Common and The Beastie Boys. One of the coolest parts of the film is watching different people geek out over certain bars and pieces of music from each album.
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