Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)

December 19, 2011

Starring: A Tribe Called Quest and associates
Director: Michael Rapaport

Quick Thoughts: This documentary serves as an homage to the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Director Michael Rapaport spends the duration of the film telling the personal stories of the group and then tensions that broke them apart with the voice of a long time fan hoping to reunite one of his favorite rap ensembles. Whether or not you’re a fan of the musical genre should matter little; while this film is certainly a testament to Tribe’s accomplishments, it’s ultimately a story about friendship and how instant fame and success can hinder the relationships of people. Beats, Rhymes, & Life is the perfect hip-hop film, highlighting one of rap’s best all-time groups and rekindling my own love for their music, while telling a story of how two best friends can become silent enemies due to creative differences.

Viewings: 1
Replay Value: A must own for any credible hip-hop fan worthy of multiple viewings.
Sequel Potential: N/A
Nudity: N/A
Grade: 8/10 (Excellent)
RottenTomatoes Scores: Critics: None Audience: None
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
Recommendation: One of my favorite films of the year and a no-brainer for hip-hop junkies.

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