Q-Tip in the documentary “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.”

*Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Michael Rappaport’s directorial debut, “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.”

Rival Pictures and State Street Pictures produced the film, which was in documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Director/Actor Michael Rappaport

“I couldn’t be more excited and proud that ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’ is being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. As a first time filmmaker to have the support of SPC is like being signed by the NY Yankees. Telling this story was not only a labor of love, but also the most fulfilling accomplishment of my career,” Rappaport — who has starred in “Mighty Aphrodite” and “True Romance,” among others — and says in a statement.

He’s also currently in development with producer John Davis and Fox 21 on a 2011 version of “The White Shadow” as a cable TV series.