Following the announcement last year that the documentary on iconic Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest would soon be released, rapper and Tribe member Q-Tip (who actually co-produced the film) has strongly opposed the release of the documentary.

Up until now the director of the film, Michael Rapaport, has remained relatively quiet about Q-Tip’s disapproval of Beats Rhymes & Life. But MTV recently caught up with the director/actor to get his thoughts on Q-Tip’s criticism of the documentary.

“I think the reason he did his little Twitter thing was because when he realized that the movie was coming to completion and going to get seen by people,” Rapaport explained to “I can’t really speak for him but I think he got a little nervous. He’s a very protective of the legacy of A Tribe Called Quest and the movie is a very honest depiction of my time with them and the information that I was given in interviews and content.”

In an interview with Shade 45 late last year Q-Tip revealed that his main gripe with the film was that he believed it’s an unfinished project.

“In reality as producers, there’s just different things that need to be done edit wise,” Q-Tip explained. “The sentiment of the film is there. We feel it’s 80% there, it’s just not done…There’s some holes in it.”

Beats Rhymes & Life will debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival later this month.  

(January 17)

UPDATE: Q-Tip hit Twitter early this morning to respond to A Tribe Called Quest documentarian Michael Rapaport’s comments. 

the director of the film cannot speak to what is in my head abt the documentary .less than a minute ago via web

nor can this director EVER say the i dont speak for the group. when i say i do then belive me i doless than a minute ago via web

tribe is no different than any other collective. we experience bumps bruises and disagreements then and we still do.less than a minute ago via web

but knowing our history and our messages in our music we will NEVER be taken advantage of like we were in the past. we dont care who it is.less than a minute ago via web

but we are truly thankful for your interest in our music and your interest in this flattering look at our careerless than a minute ago via web