This new hip-hop oriented documentary is directed with much flair for the genre by actor Michael Rapaport who apparently has learned a thing or two from working with artists like Spike Lee and John Singleton, as well as Woody Allen.
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest easily delves into the success and decline of a hot 1990s band. After rising on the charts with a handful of studio releases, a "bitter breakup" occurred after a tensions erupted between head Q-Tip and colleague Phife Dawg (longtime childhood friends).
Rapaport is committed to getting comments from those linked to the once mighty group mostly from an aficionado's perspective. It may not be an evenhanded account as such, but will shed some light for those who like the "behind-the-scenes" skulduggery along with ardent stage presence. The Travels may leave a few befuddled for the pungent, pulsating rhythms and life of highs like Can I Kick It?, but many (besides Rapaport) have benefitted monetarily from the musical influence left by this creative, if finally quarrelsome Quest.