A Tribe Called Quest Hits the Big Screen With New Film

Actor Michael Rapaport directs a new film that traces the group's past glory.

By Jamilah King Jun 03, 2011

Hip-hop aficionados, rejoice. A new film is set to be released about seminal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. The new film "Beats, Rhymes and Life" recounts the group’s history, highs and lows. Artuto R. Garcia writes over at Racialicious that it’s already gotten critical praise after premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival:

Directed by actor Michael Rapaport, Beats, Rhymes & Life will include not only performance footage and interviews with members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, but it looks like we’ll get to see how a feud between Phife and Q-Tip threatened to implode the group even as it returned to prominence.

But the group seemed evasive when asked if they’d make more music together. They disbanded in 1998 and reunited briefly in 2006, but haven’t released any new albums. Rapper Q-Tip has embarked on an ambitious solo career, including his 2008 solo project "The Renaissance" which was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.