Michael Rapaport Responds to Q-Tip's Complaints with ATCQ Film

The director of the infamous "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" documentary responds to Q-Tip's attack on the flick.

Paul Wall and Chamillionaire may not have been the first to say it, but they certainly weren’t wrong when they said that controversy sells. Now, mere hours after Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad opened up to Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, the man behind the now-notorious film Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, actor/director Michael Rapaport, responds to the hullabaloo surrounding his debut documentary.

Rapaport, who has starred in films like Cop Land and Bamboozled, spoke to MTV2's Sucker Free about the highly publicized beef that the Tribe frontman has with his film. He said that he thinks Tip feels slighted by the way he was portrayed in the film, but that ultimately, their disagreement boils down to a misunderstanding. Rapaport says that he never intended to depict Tip as a villain, and that no one who has seen the film has ever indicated to him that he inadvertently illustrated him as such.

“You have to ask him directly why [he attacked the film],” he explained. “I think that what he was concerned with was how he came off in the film. I think that ultimately, all the people within [the] Hip Hop [community], the people who have never heard of A Tribe Called Quest, regular fans from the Sundance Film Festival to all the places it’s screened across the country…not one person has written about or come up to me and said, ‘Q-Tip comes off like an asshole.’ I think the only person that thought he came off bad was Q-Tip. I can’t change that or help that. I know that if I was watching a documentary about myself, I’d be nitpicking every single detail. It’s like if you have a pimple on your face…you see it differently than the rest of the world, so I think his thoughts and opinions are different [from] the rest of [ours], certainly the audiences’ [opinions].”

Rapaport added that despite the feud, he still respects and venerates Tip as a Hip Hop legend. He said that the film should be looked at as a celebration of Tribe’s career and legacy as the forebears of the Native Tongues movement, not an exploitation on their internal troubles.

“To be honest, I respect him,” Rapaport explained. “He’s an icon. He’s Q-Tip…the stuff that played out in the public and the stuff that was on MTV and the little Twittering, I regret that it happened, but it’s time to move forward. The movie’s coming out in theaters, which is a humungous deal for Hip Hop itself. It’s a documentary about a group that hasn’t made an album since 1998 that’s not just coming out in one theater, but theaters across the country. It’s a big deal, and it’s a celebration of the group and what they’ve done and that time in Hip Hop and the people they’ve influenced.”

The full interview can be seen below.

RELATED: Q-Tip Explains Beef With Michael Rapaport, Voices Support For ATCQ Documentary


  • CLM83

    See "Exit Through The Gift Shop"

  • CLM83

    Fan of both and Docs can't wait 2 check it out.

  • Assassin221

    I can't speak to the facts behind the controversy because I wasn't there, but I must say Rapaport is a hell of a lot better at dealing with the media side of it than Tip has been.

  • Champ Fulse

    Tell your own story! They always package our ish then sell it back try to sell back to us!

  • Lamont Moody

    That's your opinion. I happen to think Consequence can rap his ass off.

    • what what

      holy crap man...consequence is wack? dude is one of the nicest rappers that ever lived. underrated yes, undersold sure, but one of the best since day one no question

    • ddot

      All consequences verses on beats, rhymes, & life were dope, and that's a classic album...I think he at least deserves our respect for that, if nothing else.

    • Mu

      I know this article has nothing to do with Consequence, but I had to comment. I'm sure I haven't heard his ENTIRE body of work, but how many wack verses and songs do we need to hear before we can conclude that dude is...well... WACK! He had the G.O.O.D. music brand and Kanye's beats behind him and he still couldn't make hot music. Just my humble opinion

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I hate It when people blindly write him of as wack without listening to the full body of his work with ATCQ and The Ummah. Q Tip was portrayed as a bad person because he sometimes pushes the boundaries between music/media and personal relationships. I was personally dissapointed to hear him go off on Rapaport about being white and privileged when he knows not many directors would have provided such an opportunity to document their history. The only complaints I have about the docu was the lambasting or lack of coverage on the last two/three albums.

  • Mr Flamboyant

    Once again... Q Tip has a problem with Q Tip. It shouldn't be directed at Rappaport. Tip. Humble yourself. For real. We all know you were the one who f'ed up Tribe. It must be in the blood cause Lord knows Consequence... well dude spoke for himself with all of his shenanigans. Blaming cats for biting and everything else when he's just flat out damn near wack. Eh...

  • Brandon Nixon

    Michael Rapaport is the man and a good actor...ZebraHead is the shit

  • Anonymous

    This dude comes off alot more humble then Tip has been...... Regardless I wanna see how the movie is, and thats really cool that this isnt gonna be another Rap Documentary that goes straight to DVD

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