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

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Michael Rapaport

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About the Movie

A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group's innovative musical stylings never seem to diminish. This insightful film, directed by Michael Rapaport, takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes journey - chronicling the group's rise to fame and revealing the stories behind the tensions which erupted in the years to come. The film features interviews with the members of the group as well as with the Beastie Boys, Kanye West, Pharrell, Mos Def, Monie Love, De la Soul, the Jungle Brothers, Common and more.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 59
  • Fresh: 53
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Rapaport, in his feature directorial debut, does an admirable job recounting the group's formation and dissecting its dissolution. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Jul 8, 2011

Fresh: The film serves both as a welcome document and reminder of the group in its prime, while also creating a portrait of lives still in motion, grown men trying to move on from yet respect the work of their younger selves. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2011

Fresh: Rapaport, a longtime Quest fan, clearly admires Tip. He's just too forthright a storyteller to bury the tale of the quartet's acrimonious unraveling. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Jul 8, 2011

Fresh: A reminder, part "Behind the Music" and part something better, that even artists professing love and togetherness have a hard time keeping it going. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jul 14, 2011

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Customer Reviews


A fantastic look into one of the most influential music groups of all time. Fantastically directed and very insightful. A must see for any ATCQ fan.


Always loved the tribe, went to see this at a underground cinema, DEFINATELY gonna buy this but not for 20-25$ iTunes is rippin you off BIG-TIME


Not just a superb hip hop docu, but a great docu in general. On a personal level I could relate to the inner tension and love/hate relationship that occurs between lifelong friends. Well captured in that respect and has comments by many great artists. Now ya know!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Music Documentaries
  • Released: 2011

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