Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Tribe Called Quest

I've been a fan of the rapper Q-Tip for a little while now, but hadn't yet really gotten into the group that got him started in the music business, A Tribe Called Quest (probably blasphemous of me, I know).

Last week, my local independent movie theater was showing the recently released documentary about the rap group, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, directed by Michael Rapaport (who you may remember as the loud-mouthed teacher on "Boston Public").

There had been some controversy, especially criticism from members Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad over who should be telling the story of hip hop. were portrayed in the film. While I agree that he doesn't exactly come out smelling like roses, I appreciated the chance to learn about the group's start, collaborations, break-up and recent reunification.

I'm not sure many theaters will still be showing this, but if you love hip hop or even just music in general, I would definitely check this out if you ever get the chance.

Thanks to the doc, I have also been obsessed with their music for the past week or so! Favorite track...probably "Push it Along" (so far, at least!)

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