There’s simply no other way to put it: “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest” is not only one of the best music documentaries of the year, it’s one of the best movies of the year. An inspiring, touching, heartbreaking and in-depth look at the hip hop icons and pioneers, no other music documentary in recent memory has been this raw or this close to its subjects.
The directorial debut of actor Michael Rapaport, the film has been earning raves ever since it premiered at Sundance in January. Though a loving portrait of A Tribe Called Quest, Rapaport doesn’t pull his punches, presenting members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad as a dysfunctional family of sorts, four men bonded by music and a genuine friendship, but fractured by business, ambition and personal grievances that have festered over their career. And while fans still hold out hope that somewhere down the line, everyone will get back in the studio so the band can complete the final album left on their record contract, for now we have “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest” to tide us over. If you missed the film when it hit theaters this summer, not to worry, it’s on DVD next week and one lucky reader will be able to snag for free not only a copy of the movie but a poster signed by Phife Dawg and Michael Rapaport as well.
So how do you win? Email us with your name, address, favorite A Tribe Called Quest lyric and the answer to this question: What is the name of the song the band contributed to the “Men In Black” soundtrack?
Update: Contest is closed. Winner will be contacted via email.
Contest is open to U.S. residents only. “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest” hits DVD on October 18th.