A Tribe Called Quest Doc Comes To DVD


By Rob Markman

Clap your hands because RapFix has learned that “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 18, with special bonus features and deleted scenes.

The Michael Rapaport-directed rap documentary follows the rise and fall of the luminary hip-hop quartet . A Tribe Called Quest. Following the lives and careers of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White, the film explores how the influential group first got its start, their success and subsequent break-up.

As the film was gearing up for its theatrical release earlier this year, Q-Tip and Rapaport got into a public spat and argued over the film’s content. Still Tip urged that fans see the film, even though he and Ali Shaheed did not whole-heartedly support it.

In the end Tip encouraged other hip-hop artists to take control of their own stories a comment that Rapaport said “confused him.” Phife Dawg however has stood alone in support of the film. "How many groups got documentaries — hip-hop — being done about themselves?" Phife asked rhetorically when he appeared on “RapFix Live” in April. "Run-DMC should definitely have a documentary. They're the reason why I wanted to [be a rapper]. Same goes for EPMD, Slick Rick. ... They came to Tribe Called Quest and asked us; we're supposed to count our blessings and embrace this joint right here."

The doc features commentary from each member of the group as well as hip-hop contemporaries like Pharrell, Pete Rock, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers and Common. The DVD’s special bonuses include three featurettes: ‘Mike’s Journey,” “Bringing Beats to Life” and “On the Red Carpet at the Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere.” It also features commentary from director Michael Rapaport, deleted scenes and extended and alternate scenes as well.