Rapaport Compares ATCQ to Beatles
June 30, 2011
It was a nostalgic feeling last week in Hollywood during the premiere for Michael Rapaport's documentary, 'Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest,' and the director puts the iconic hip hop group on a lofty pedestal.
"I grew up loving hip hop," Rapaport said. "A Tribe Called Quest as far as I'm concerned is as important to me as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones are to my mom and to people from that generation."
That love was apparent as Rapaport reunited with the group that he followed over the past couple of years to make the film. As a Tribe fan myself, I couldn't help but take in the atmosphere and ask why Q-Tip wasn't there (he was in the studio with Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding in NYC according to Jarobi), Rapaport's job as a director (Phife Dawg gave him an 11 out of 10) and asked them the million-dollar question, when can we expect a new album?
"You can never expect anything with this group," Jarobi said. Well, it was worth a try I suppose. I can't and won't hold it against them since they've blessed us fans with years of great music. The film can hold me over but I'm still going to need some new Tribe soon! 'Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest' is set to hit theaters July 8 in New York and Los Angeles.
-- by Len Brown