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    Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:39:41

    Michael Rapaport Speaks Out About A Tribe Called Quest Documentary - The band isn't supportive of the film

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    Actor Michael Rapaport opened up to Rolling Stone about all the drama and controversy surrounding his documentary, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, of which the band has been vocal about their displeasure. Rapaport maintains that the film is a labor of love.

    Rapper Q-Tip said he did not support the film and most of the group did not attend its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. In March, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi did an interview with MTV, saying that they didn't get creative control over the movie and they were being deprived of producing credits.

    "They don't have final cut," Rappaport said. "I don't think in a documentary as intimate as this – as emotional, as personal as it is – that the people it's about should have a say. It's hard for them to have perspective."

    The movie is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27th and Rapaport still wishes for the band's support. "Q-Tip, Ali, and Jarobi have yet to see the final cut, or to see the film with an audience. It's only been on a computer screen, and that's no way to watch a movie," he said. "I'm sure once they see it in its entirety, they'll realize it's a positive depiction of the group. It's my love letter to them. And I hope we get past all this."

    Team A Tribe Called Quest or Team Michael Rapaport?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    04.22.11




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