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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Now Playing at Filmbar

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest is a documentary film that gives an inside look at the rise and fall, and rise again of one of hip-hop’s most influential groups.

After the cut, watch the trailer, view Filmbar showtimes, and learn more about the grammy-nominated Michael Rapaport film…

Formed in 1985, ATCQ consists of rapper and producer Q-Tip, rapper Phife Dawg, and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Jarobi White, a fourth member, has been in and out of the mix, leaving the group after their debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm and rejoining them in 2006.

The tribe commanded the 1990s. Between 1990 and 1998, they released five gold and platinum-selling albums. Following the release of The Love Movement in 1998, the group disbanded. A series of performances and tours beginning in 2004, marked their return.

ATCQ super-fan and director Michael Rapaport began filming the band while on their 2008 tour across the country. They’ve been called “iconic pioneers of hip-hop,” and praised as “one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history.” And though their talents may be undeniable, in Beats, Rhymes & Life, “Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous ATCQ’s relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion.”

The film includes interviews with musical peers, such as Beastie Boys, Busta Rhymes, Common, De La Soul, DJ Red Alert, Large Professor, Monie Love, Mos Def, Pete Rock, Pharrell, Santigold and The Jungle Brothers.

The behind-the-scenes documentary has been shown at numerous events, including Tribeca, Sundance, AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs, and the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won the audience award for Best Documentary. It has been nominated for a Best Long Form Music Video at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, which air Feb. 12.

Phoenix’s Filmbar will be airing the documentary Friday, Jan. 6 at 10 P.M. and Thursday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 P.M.. For more information, visit the theater’s website.


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