Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Director Michael Rapaport
United States / 93 min. / 2011 / english

¿Can I kick it? Yes you can! The full story – from  desk to stardom – of the most charming hip-hop group. Questionable clothing, Native Tongues and oodles of good vibes, but also dissent and rupture. They all talk, from Qtip and Phife Dawg to the Jungle Brothers.


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Can I kick it? Yes you can! The full story – filled to the max: from the desk to stardom, and from there to the splits and spats of the most charming and good-vibed group in hip-hop. A chronicle that’s also a reflection on how fame and success can forge life-long friendships, and, on the other hand, how stardom can annihilate any spirit, as positive as it may be. The four members, (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad), accompanied here by famous travel buddies (Monie Love, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers and other members of the Native Tongues Posse) and descendents (The Roots) relate every cove on the climb. During Beats, Rhymes & Life: The travels of A Tribe Called Quest we run into questionable clothing (“We looked like weirdoes”), associated loves (with De La Soul, their blood brothers), delightful philosophy with Native Tongues, unquestionable hits (“Bonita Applebum”, “I left my wallet in El Segundo”, “Excursions”, “Can I Kick it?”...), and good times a go-go, but also, dissent, diabetes, bitterness, misunderstanding and rupture. A shame, but also a joy, as you’ll discover here.


Showing format

Winner, Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

in festivals
Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival

Band members (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White), Beastie Boys, Kanye West, Pharrell, Mos Def, Santigold, Monie Love, Pete Rock, Large Professor, De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers and Common

Lenny Mesina

Robert Benavides

Sound designer
Peanut Butter Wolf

Edward Parks, Frank Mele, Michael Rapaport, Eric Matthies, Robert Benavides, Debra Koffler, ATCQ

Film company
Sonny Pictures Classics

Film distributor
Autlook Filmsales GmbH

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