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


Sat, Apr 30 7:30 PM
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98 minutes | USA  | English  | International Premiere | Rating: 14A

“Gotta feel the vibes, come from my creation / If the hands clap are filled with elation…”

In 1985, four high school friends from Queens and Brooklyn found themselves at the heart of the emergence of hip hop. Together they experimented with jazzy soundscapes, afro-centric infusions, sophisticated sampling, socially conscious lyrics and building an eclectic identity. Five years later, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali and Jarobi found themselves in a successful and tumultuous 20-year collaboration that would cultivate sonic innovation for generations of hip hop fans and artists. Director, acclaimed actor and hip hop devotee Michael Rapaport gains intimate access to A Tribe Called Quest and their music, revealing very candid and raw moments within a complicated band dynamic. Featuring interviews with the likes of Monie Love, the Jungle Brothers, De La Soul and the Beastie Boys, Beats, Rhymes & Life delivers the authentic experience for true hip hop fans. - Karina Rotenstein

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Co-Presented with Co-presented with Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture.

Media Coverage

Michael Rapaport

Edward Parks
Frank Mele
Eric Matthies
Robert Benavides
Debra Koffler

Executive Producer(s)
Niraj Bhatia
Dan Burks
Zack Free

Robert Benavides

Lenny Mesina
AJ Schnack

Peanut Butter Wolf