beats, rhymes, and life

Last night I had a chance to see this documentary on the seminal hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest. It was an insightful look into NYC (Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens – what’s up Linden Boulevard?) in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and s a definite must-see for any fans of Tribe or the genre. There was a bit of controversy about the documentary as a few members of the group didn’t attend its premiere at Sundance earlier this year and it’s easy to see why as I got a sense it constructed a better narrative on behalf of Phife Dawg, who had consistently felt slighted in the group (plus it aired out a bit of their intra-group dirty laundry). At the same time, the group’s and especially Q-Tip’s charisma easily shined through, and it was a decent effort for first-time documentarian Michael Rapaport.

Beats, Rhymes, and Life is currently playing in NYC at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Houston and Forsyth. Go check it out if you haven’t already.

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