Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Synopsis
The filmmaker documents what caused the influential group to disband and stay apart.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The best material, however, keeps returning to the unstable power dynamic between Q-Tip and Dawg.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Beats is a welcome blast of '90s nostalgia, taking us back to a time - and a sound - that pulsates with optimism.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Even those who never joined the cult of A Tribe Called Quest will find this clear-eyed chronicle of their career irresistible.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
A combination of timing, access, a visual aesthetic that reflects ATCQ's Afrocentric "surface philosophy" (as the crew's look is described)...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Kevin C. Johnson
Despite accusations of nearly succumbing to spotlighting beefs over beats, the film comes off as an honest representation of a great group...
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Washington Post

The lines are drawn early on in "Beats," which is surprisingly tense and combative given the overwhelmingly positive and playful music in...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Tribe superfan Rapaport doesn't fawn, but he juggles too much, and the ending feels pat. It's still an outstanding effort, and one of the...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
On the one hand, welcome to the music business. On the other, if A Tribe Called Quest can't stay together who can? It's a worry that...
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By Mark Jenkins
Perhaps because he's an actor, Rapaport prefers drama to analysis. And this story has plenty of conflict.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Though it may not have much of an audience beyond the band's fan base, it offers enough context to serve as a primer on the hugely...
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By Zfassi01
If you grew up listening to Hip Hop, if you are a fan of Tribe Called Quest, you must see this documentary. It's truly inspiring....


By stephjenks
Beats, Rhymes & Life, is a great effort from actor turned director Michael Rappaport. As a longtime fan of A Tribe Called Quest they've always been icons in my eyes. This movie made them human for me...

ATCQ FAN - Queens NY Native

By rmhsweet1 Hip-Hop group ever...I wish they were showing it more theaters to show love to this group, introduce ATCQ to a younger generation and to support Michael Rappaport. I loved it! (Queens...

An Enjoyable Documentary

By Damelo44
If you are a true fan of Hip-Hop, you will enjoy this film. Despite the bickiering rift that temporarily separated the group, the group changed Hip-Hop music. A time when Hip-Hop music was in it's...

Great Movie

By CPooley
The movie covered the emergence of A Tribe Called Quest and their affect on all things 'Rap' back in the 90's. It also covered their lives together and apart. Great clips and music!...

like hip hop?

By theverve
If you are a fan of Tribe or a music historian, you'll want to see this from the perspective if a geeky white guy just like myself!...

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By Da movie guy 817
What a Good doc!! If your a Fan of Hip Hop this movie is 4 you! Gives you a nice flashback to the 90's!!...

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By jaimiecfoster
Great movie and the music will make you reminisce and/or long for a time when rap was RAP......

By lgauae

Beats Rhymes & Life

By wchele
This was a fantastic documentary! If you are a Tribe fan then you definitely don't want to miss this. This is TRUE hip hop...the way it was intended. I want to get that 1 album that is left under the...

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Rated R | For Language