They say blood is thicker than water, but not even the blood bond Consequence shares with cousin Q-Tip would stop the Queens MC from expressing his displeasure to Sway on [article id="1663302"]MTV News' "RapFix Live."[/article]
Before Consequence got down with [article id="1663383"]Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music[/article], he got his start as an affiliate of iconic hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, appearing on four of the 15 tracks on the group's 1996 album Beats, Rhymes and Life. These days, Cons is on the outs with Q-Tip. He was critical of the way the ATCQ frontman aired out [article id="1659889"]his grievances with Michael Rapaport's Tribe documentary[/article] "Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest."
"I was really disappointed in my cousin when he came up here and he had the email," Cons said of the email Q-Tip printed out and brought up to "RapFix Live" in March. The email, which was accidentally sent to Tip by one of the documentary's producers, indicated that there was a plan to cheat ATCQ out of getting producer credits on the film.
"Man, you're a superstar. What are you doing with a printout?" Consequence questioned. "That's what your lawyer is for. You gave us 'industry rule #4080.' We're still holding on to 4080," he said in reference to Q-Tip's 1991 "Check the Rhime" lyric "Industry rule #4080: Record-company people are shady."
"I don't want to see no scrolls. You Q-Tip. It's a vivrant thing, and if it's like that with Michael Rapaport, make it a violent thing," he continued to rant.
Ultimately, 'Quence seemed to be most critical of the way Q-Tip and the dissenting members of Tribe publicly handled their beef with Rapaport and the filmmakers. Consequence also questioned what all the dissention would ultimately do to A Tribe Called Quest's legacy. He pointed to the fact that the rap group was not on a unified front. On April 29, [article id="1662881"]Phife Dawg appeared on "RapFix Live"[/article] and was in support of the film. "That's his legacy too," Cons said, referring to Phife. "And before y'all make a move, y'all gotta iron that out."
Do you agree with Consequence? Should Q-Tip have handled his grievances differently? Let us know win the comments.