Let’s forget about all the controversy surrounding Beats, Rhymes & Life for a few minutes, even if it made the film that much more interesting, and just focus on the piece itself. Michael Rapaport’s documentary on A Tribe Called Quest is finally seeing a proper theater release this summer after drawing rave reviews at film festivals this year, including Sundance.
And today, we are catching a glimpse of the project through its first official trailer; a rough version leaked late last year and spurred the aforementioned controversy between Rapaport and Q-Tip. It features testimonies from the likes of Common and Questlove, of the Roots, along with some footage of an early Phife Dawg and Q-Tip, how they met and joined forces with Ali Shaheed Muhammad (and sometimes Jarobi), and their tumultuous friendship. July can’t get here fast enough.