*A filmmaker is on a journey to reveal the behind the scenes ingenuity of The Tribe Called Quest with an exclusive Sundance documentary.
“Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” is set to premiere on the big screen soon. A trailer for the film recently hit the Internet and folks are excited about it.
But the Tribe’s front man, Q-Tip ain’t with it.
The MC posted on his Twitter page:
“Filmmaker should respect the band to the point of honoring the few requests.”
“I am not in support of the a tribe called quest documentary.” He explained there was a bit of a conflict between the filmmakers of Rival Films and the artists on the creative side of things. According to the production company’s website, the film is based on the groups 2008 reunion at Rock the Bells Tour.
MTV reported that despite Q-Tip’s issues with the film, it appears to have been made not only with the band’s cooperation, but all members of the original Tribe lineup – Phife, Ali Shaheed and Jarobi – figure prominently in the project.
Rapaport spent eight months filming the doc, recording over 200 hours of footage of the rap legends Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi. The film features appearances by Kanye West, Nas and De La Soul, an original score by Stones Throw producer Madlib, whose work has clearly been influenced by the Ummah’s production, with a score supervised by Stones Throw honcho Peanut Butter Wolf.