Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are still raking in the praise from their latest box-office smash, but “The Wolf Of Wall Street” co-stars already have their sights set on a new project centered around A Tribe Called Quest and the Native Tongues. Naturally, DiCaprio has enlisted the help of his longtime pal
Deadline reports that DiCaprio and Hill have teamed up with the influential rapper/producer to create a TV series based on his experience as part of Tribe and the Native Tongues. The upcoming series will be helmed by DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, but a writer has not yet been tied to the project.
A Tribe Called Quest, comprised of members Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and briefly, Jarobi White, were part of the pioneering Native Tongues hip-hop collective along with other acts such as the Jungle Brothers and De La Soul in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The collective was extremely influential in shaping hip-hop culture in the genre’s early days.
Tribe released their final album, The Love Movement, in 1998 and the group’s rise to fame, and their tumultuous breakup was chronicled in the 2011 documentary “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.” They recently reunited to open select dates on Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour, but have ceased to record music together.
Despite the popularity of “Beats, Rhymes & Life,” Q-Tip still had his gripes with some aspects of the documentary. With the Queens native working closely with DiCaprio and Hill, however, the upcoming TV series is sure to offer a fresh and authentic angle on a pivotal era in hip-hop history.
Q-Tip is currently signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, and he’s expected to produce ’Ye’s upcoming solo album along with Rick Rubin.