Now that the A Tribe Called Quest documentary, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, is coming to theaters in summer, it seems like all that’s left is for everyone to just see the movie. But the principle people involved–Tribe themselves and director Michael Rapaport–are still talking about it. First off, Tribe are now apparently on board with the doc, telling Rolling Stone that they’re “in support” of the doc, probably because they’re going to get half of the profits. And that’s cool by us.
Rapaport, for his part, just did a huge interview with NY Mag where he’s very forthcoming about the doc. Stop what you’re doing and read it now. Here’s a sampling:
In the MTV interview, they kept talking about how they thought you were singling Q-Tip out as the bad guy, when they were acting as a group.
Listen, you’re the leader of the group, you get the most girls, you get singled out by the director of the documentary. That’s just the way it works. He’s the star; he’s the one I speak to the most; he’s the one I went to first when I was making the film. Here’s the deal: I have a different relationship with Q-Tip than I have with Jarobi; I have a different relationship with Phife than I have with Q-Tip. And there’s four of them. I’ve dealt with them through this entire process as individuals. So why they said I singled him out, it’s because I did single him out. Because me and him had different conversations than I had with Jarobi or Phife. That’s my reality. Period.
I guess all we have is to wait until the movie comes out in July.