*If you can recall the beef Q-Tip had with the producers of the film “Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” based on his rap group’s making, you might remember that he was pretty livid about the way things went down.
So he and the other members of legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest – Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi (via phone) – took the time to shed a little light about the whole issue with MTV’s Sway Calloway. (Phife didn’t participate.)
Back in December, Tip expressed some major concern about the film before it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
The group members nearly mimicked each other’s concerns about the film’s accuracy and edits.
Tip, who spoke for himself, shared his thoughts about the timing of the film.
According to him, on December 17, 2010, a couple of weeks after he initially expressed concern about the film, an e-mail was accidentally sent to him by one of the producers that read: “First off let’s close the Billing Block and put it on the poster so they can’t get on that. Then we’ll f— them on everything else.”
“The same day of the announcement that it came to Sundance, that ‘Beats, Rhymes & Fights’ trailer came out,” Q-Tip said, referring to an earlier version of the title. “All of this stuff is going on and we’re still trying to move forward in good faith and we see this e-mail, inadvertently, which was a godsend. I believe that that was the universe giving that to us and showing us who we were dealing with.”
So through some e-mail exchanges between him and the producers of the film, the problems were never resolved.
“Their whole comeback to that was, ‘Oh, he’s just frustrated, everybody’s frustrated,’ ” Tip said. But he countered, “When you’re frustrated you say, ‘Yo, I’mma kick his ass. He’s an a–hole, I can’t stand him, I’mma f— him up. I can’t f— with him again.’ Those are things you say out of frustration. But when you say, ‘First off, let’s close the Billing Block and put it on the poster so they can’t get on that. Then we’ll f— them on everything else,’ that’s strategy.
“That’s premeditated, first. And second, you feel comfortable to say it to the rest of your team. That means that if the environment is conducive for you to have that kind of banter and that kind of language, God knows what else they’ve been saying amongst themselves. So how can we trust them?”
Despite the mess, the group conceded that the producers and directors did a great job and everyone should see the film.