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Monday, June 13, 2011

rhymes, history and life


"Beats, Rhymes and Life" isn't the most important Hip Hop documentary, but it's up there. Especially for the younger generation who want a sneak into the glory days of late-80s/early 90s Hip Hop. The head bumping doc covers the history of one of the most influential Hip Hop groups of all time, A Tribe Called Quest. First time Director Michael Rapaport gave us viewers a great insight on not only Tribe's history but also deeper look into the members' lives. From Jarobi's love for cooking to Tip's fascination for record digging to Phife's health we actually got to know about these guys. Guys who I at least, still thought of as family. Family. That's what the Tribe was and is. They go through the highs and the lows. The story takes you on that roller coaster. You laugh at the goodtimes and you almost shed a tear during the bad times. It's a must watch for the younger generation. It's going to give the fans who were there to witness Tribe's quest into the Hip Hop history books, an emotional ride like they're looking at a movie of best friends going through turmoil and you're not able to do anything. Helpless, just wishing you could mend all the negativity within the circle. Or in this case, the tribe. By the end of the film, I was ready to listen to the Tribe catalog while reconfirming why exactly they are my favorite Hip Hop group. Rapaport didn't miss a beat with this doc covering wonderfully the life and the beats of the Tribe Called Quest.

8.5/10 Boogie Records.