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

"Beats is a welcome blast of ’90s nostalgia, taking us back to a time — and a sound — that pulsates with optimism."
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” gives the seminal early ’90s hip-hop group as stylish and intimate a treatment as fans could hope for, paying as much attention to the music in question as it does to the characters who made it"
- Andrew Barker, Variety
"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

Synopsis

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. Having released five gold and platinum selling albums within eight years, A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history, and regarded as iconic pioneers of hip hop. 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 seems to diminish.
Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 95 min.
Year: 2011

CREDITS

CAST
Adam Horovitz ()
Questlove ()
Phife Dawg ()
Q-Tip ()
DIRECTED BY
Michael Rapaport

TRAILER


PHOTOS

Left to Right: Phife Dawg, Q-Tip and Jarobi White. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Photo by Michael Rapaport, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Phife Dawg, Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Q-Tip. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Q-Tip. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Q-Tip. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Q-Tip. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Q-Tip. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Phife Dawg. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Phife Dawg. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Phife Dawg. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Phife Dawg. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Jarobi White. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Common (artist). Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Pharrell Williams (producer/artist). Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Questlove (The Roots). Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Chris Lighty (former manager, A Tribe Called Quest). Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Mike G (Jungle Brothers). Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Pete Rock (producer/DJ). Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Posdnuos (De La Soul) and Dave (De La Soul). Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Afrika Baby Bam (Jungle Brothers). Photo by Robert Benavides, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Q-Tip and Michael Rapaport (director) on set. Photo by Debra Koffler, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Q-Tip on set. Photo by Michael Rapaport, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad on set. Photo by Michael Rapaport, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Michael Rapaport (director) and Jarobi White on set. Photo by Debra Koffler, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Jarobi White on set. Photo by Michael Rapaport, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Q-Tip, Jarobi White, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Photo by Janette Beckman, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White and Q-Tip. Photo by Janette Beckman, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Jarobi White, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife Dawg. Photo by Ernie Paniccioli, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: (top) Jarobi White; (bottom) Phife Dawg, Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Photo by Ernie Paniccioli, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Phife Dawg, Q-Tip and Jarobi White. Photo by Ernie Paniccioli, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White. Photo by Ernie Paniccioli, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip and Jarobi White. Photo by Ernie Paniccioli, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to Right: Phife Dawg and Q-Tip. Photo by Christian Lantry, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.