New York actor Michael Rapaport decided to join A Tribe Called Quest in their comeback tour back in 2008 and turn it into a documentary. Being a huge fan of the legendary hip-hop group himself, it seemed a good opportunity to register their crusade back into stages, while struggling with ego conflicts, creative differences and other personal issues.
Through Rapaport’s lens and with testimonies from the likes of De La Soul members, Busta Rhymes or The Jungle Brothers, we witness the sort of impact and influence ATCQ had back in the day in 1985, coming up to our present day.
For not only hip-hop fans, but music all around, band members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White are regarded as key players in one of the biggest and most successful groups in the history of Hip-Hop, being pioneers in a whole new genre that fused hip-hop and jazz, for ever revolutionizing the music culture worldwide.
I personally think that there isn’t a great debate in terms of their status: One of the best of all time! And forget the fact they are one of my personal favourites… Anybody who is anybody will tell you “Quest is colossal”! If you don’t know that much about them, then I would recommend you to take a look at the upcoming documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011). Even though I haven’t seen it, it promises to give great insight of what that band was in the mid eighties and early 90, coming up to their comeback.
Meanwhile, funnily enough, right before I was aware of this “backstage documentary” I’d just hooked up with their The Anthology album. A compilation consisting of their best tracks throughout the years, such as: Scenario, Check The Rhime, Can I Kick It, Stressed Out or Vivrant Thing.
So take my advice… hear as much as you can and try having a sense of what they represent as a cultural icon!