The drama surrounding Michael Rapaport’s A Tribe Called Quest documentary, Beats Rhymes & Life, has nearly overshadowed the actual film itself. This all began last when Q-Tip spoke out against the film last December and Rapaport subsequently responded. From there, though, it’s been mostly positive, what with the rave reviews at Sundance and news that it was picked up by Sony Pictures.
Today, though, we’re back on the drama train. Q-Tip sat down with Sway yesterday and revealed an e-mail that was apparently sent by accident from the Beats Rhymes & Life producers. It reads as follows:
“First off let’s close the Billing Block and put it on the poster so they can’t get on that. Then we’ll fuck them on everything else.”
Tip was pretty pissed off upon receiving that message, which he said came when Tribe was trying to move forward with the project. He continued to say that reading that e-mail was a “god-send” because it allowed him to see just who he’s working with. The producers, he said, explained that they were just frustrated, but Tip wasn’t having it. “God knows what else they’ve been saying amongst themselves, so how can we trust them?”
I can’t blame the Abstract for responding like this, but I think I speak for almost everyone when I ask: Can we just see this documentary, please?