Watch: A Tribe Called Quest Discuss Breakup

[caption id="attachment_6604" align="alignnone" width="630" caption="A Tribe Called Quest perform at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors, October 2007. Photo: Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic"][/caption]

Always about the music first, A Tribe Called Quest have never released an album with themselves on the cover, a fact actor Michael Rapaport is giddy to point out. Only a few days before epically reuniting for 2008’s Rock the Bells festival, first-time director Rapaport approached Tribe through Nas about directing a documentary on their storied legacy. Despite sharing an initial collective vision, controversy has muddled the release of the film -- upon viewing the first edit, Tribe’s members (who signed off as producers) outlined a list of suggestions for Rapaport, including an added emphasis on the music and downplaying the provocative beef between Phife and Q-Tip.

Tip remains the topic of the conversation in this new clip from Beats, Rhymes and Life -- In the minute-long exclusive, a slightly troubled Jarobie and cool-headed Ali break down the moment when Q-Tip decided to dismantle the band, a decision conceived without consulting his fellow members. Retrospectively, Ali seems more relieved than angry, happy that their mutual love outweighs their creative rut; Phife, not so much. [Watch via Vulture.]

Beats, Rhymes and Life opens July 8 in New York and Los Angeles.