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New trailer for the Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life is now online

Jun. 3, 2011by: George Merchan

If you love hip hop, then you can't speak on the genre without acknowledging the greatness or significance of A Tribe Called Quest.

A new documentary called BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST - from actor and first-time director Michael Rapaport! - takes a look back and chronicles the group's inception, their rise, how they shifted the hip hop genre, and how their brand of inspired rhythms and conscious lyricism remain relevant and true even to this day.

Below is the brand new trailer, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. The documentary already premiered earlier this year at Sundance, and from what I've hear, it's pretty damn honest and great.

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST opens in limited release on July 8th.

Synopsis: Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip-hop bands of all time, A Tribe Called Quest has kept a generation hungry for more of its groundbreaking music since the groups much-publicized breakup in 1998. The band shaped a unique sound by wedding jazz-infused musicscapes to Afrocentric rhymes espousing unity and community. Its music became the anthem for cool and broke down barriers for people who had never before connected with hip-hop. In spite of unparalleled artistic success, however, the group encountered pitfalls that eventually caused its tumultuous breakup.

Beats, Rhymes & Life, the feature directorial debut of acclaimed actor Michael Rapaport, documents the inner workings and behind-the-scenes drama that follow the band even today and explores what's next for a group many claim are the pioneers of alternative rap. Rapaports passion for his subjects allows them to open up to the camera, resulting in a remarkably honest, emotional portrait that does justice to this seminal band.


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Source: Yahoo! Movies

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12:43AM on 06/08/2011

Hmmm...

Check The Rhime! YEEEAAHH!!! Can't wait for this film!
Check The Rhime! YEEEAAHH!!! Can't wait for this film!
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6:10PM on 06/04/2011
No particular favorite Tribe song, all of them are good. I especially like their material pre-Beats, Rhymes, and Life. Low End Theory FTW!!

They put on a great live show too!
No particular favorite Tribe song, all of them are good. I especially like their material pre-Beats, Rhymes, and Life. Low End Theory FTW!!

They put on a great live show too!
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2:31PM on 06/04/2011

Best ever!

Tidbit? Tie between "Award Tour" and "Buggin' Out."
Tidbit? Tie between "Award Tour" and "Buggin' Out."
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4:57AM on 06/04/2011

Far and away

My favorite hip hop act.
My favorite hip hop act.
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4:39PM on 06/03/2011

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its a tie between "What?" and "Can I Kick It?" because the lyrics in "What?" are so friggen awesome and because "Can I Kick It?" samples The Velvet Underground, another one of my favorite groups. Hot damn i am stoked for this movie!
its a tie between "What?" and "Can I Kick It?" because the lyrics in "What?" are so friggen awesome and because "Can I Kick It?" samples The Velvet Underground, another one of my favorite groups. Hot damn i am stoked for this movie!
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2:50PM on 06/03/2011

Looks legit as fuck.

Vibes and Stuff
Vibes and Stuff
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10:50AM on 06/03/2011

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"Hot Sex" has one of my all-time favorite beats, but "Find A Way" is my favorite song by ATCQ (followed closely by "Bonita Applebum")
"Hot Sex" has one of my all-time favorite beats, but "Find A Way" is my favorite song by ATCQ (followed closely by "Bonita Applebum")
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10:07AM on 06/03/2011
A Tribe Called Quest was (and still is) the most influential music group during my teenage years. They have been my unsurpassed favorite group for the past 20+ years. I hope this film does them at least a little of the justice that they truly deserve. Long live ATCQ!!!!
A Tribe Called Quest was (and still is) the most influential music group during my teenage years. They have been my unsurpassed favorite group for the past 20+ years. I hope this film does them at least a little of the justice that they truly deserve. Long live ATCQ!!!!
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7:58AM on 06/03/2011

Oh my god

I'll definitely kick that!

But I hope that there will be more music and less talking in the movie...
I'll definitely kick that!

But I hope that there will be more music and less talking in the movie...
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7:08AM on 06/03/2011

Groovy

Can't wait!
Can't wait!
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