A Tribe Called Quest Documentary Submitted To Sundance Film Festival

Michael Rapaport's "Beats Rhymes and Fights" will compete with 15 other projects for prize of best domestic documentary.

Today the Sundance Institute announced the films debuting at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January of 2011. Actor and director Michael Rapaport will have films in competition as an actor (“Big Fan”) and also as a director for the A Tribe Called Quest documentary “Beats, Rhymes and Fights.”

In addition to contributions from fellow Queens native, Nas, Madlib composed an original score for the film and Stone’s Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf supervised all of the documentary’s music. Rapaport, who has appeared in dozens of films in the last two decades, reportedly traveled with Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jerobi to collect over 200 hours of footage over the past two years.

While there are 15 other projects vying for the title of “Best U.S. Documentary,” the Harry Belafonte film, “Sing Your Song” and the James Taylor and Carole King documentary, “Troubadours” are the only other entries in the competition focused on musicians. An extended trailer was released earlier this week, while the full-length documentary is expected to be released some time in 2011. More information about “Beats Rhymes and Fights” is available at the movie’s official site.


  • g-hoppy

    call e a snitch but q-tip is not supporting this lol check his twitta lameees

  • Kliu

    Jerobi? Really? Come on, please tell me that his name is a typo in the article and that you really know how to spell the Jarobi's name.

  • Doubl Negative

    I've always enjoyed Michael Rapaport's flicks, from his cameos in Point of No Return and True Romance, to Copland and his seminal role in Higher Learning. With Madlib doin' the score, this film is up there with Black Swan as one of the films I'm eagerly awaitin' next year. I love Tribe, but I only bump their 2nd and 3rd LPs.

  • Bauce

    One of the greatest groups of all time....and great thing is they were so commercially successful. Don't see that much nowadays

  • ASEE

    Tribe is the best hip hop group of all time hands down. I'm so pumped to see this doc. Crazy props to Mike for putting this together! HHDX--keep us informed about showtimes in New York!

  • ThePsuedo

    Man! Is that Phife in the middle? If so he really let himself go.

    • Omar Burgess

      Phife has Diabetes...wifey donated a kidney to him. That's why his weight fluctuates Luther Vandross style and sometimes you didn't see him touring. http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.1545/title.phife-dawg-his-name-is-mutty-ranks

  • Articulate1

    Now thats proper! One of the most influential and one of my favorite groups of the early 90's.

  • Larry Spencer

    man salute to michael rapaport for touchin this cause the tribe is ones of my favorite groups of all time next to the wu as well as outkast so i know its gonna be good 2011 looking to started off jus right SALUTE 2 that

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