Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

This is a documentary about one of my all-time fave hip-hop acts, A Tribe Called Quest.

It is basically a history of the band, but towards the end looks at the falling out between Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, then looks at Phife’s diabetes problem.

There are plenty of interviews with the band members as well as other acts such as De La Soul, Beastie Boys, and a Jungle Brothers member. There is also a lot of archival footage, as well as footage from Rock the Bells concerts which they headlined. Hip-hop gigs don’t seem to be all that good to me, it just doesn’t seem to work as well live, but maybe you have to be there.

Phife Dawg’s story is a bit sad. He was addicted to sugar which lead to a kidney transplant with his wife donating one kidney, but it did not take well and he had to have another transplant in 2012, and he died last year due to complications with diabetes.

The film had some great graphics, especially in the opening sequence (same as in the poster below).

This is more for A Tribe Called Quest fans than anyone else, but it is well made and somewhat interesting.

Date watched: December 28th
Score: 7.5/10
Film count 2017: 145

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