The other night I checked out actor/director Michael Rapaport’s documentary, “Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest,” which explores a lot more than moviegoers might expect. The group remains a seminal part of hip hop culture more than a decade following its break-up and each member’s compelling evolution amid personal conflicts and professional demands unfolds right before your eyes. Of course, the soundtrack is banging, whether a die-hard fan or novice. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year before schooling audiences on the fine line between fame and friendship at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April. It makes you appreciate A Tribe Called Quest for diving into the mix with gusto and depth, clearing the way for a fresh approach to hip hop music and philosophy. Check it ….


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