New Release: Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Blu-ray and DVD

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2011
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Picture Homes Entertainment


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The careers of hip hop legends are chornicled in Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest chronicles the past, present and uncertain future of the influential hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest and its members, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White.

Formed in Queens in the mid-1980s, the group is highly regarded for innovatively mixing jazz infused soundscapes with Afro-centric rhymes. Their innovation created a new sound that kicked off the hip hop movement that still dominates the music scene today.

A passion project of sorts for actor Michael Rapaport (Big Fan), in his feature film directorial debut, the music-and-performance-filled documentary features interviews with the members of the group and a menagerie of the hip hop elite, including Pharrell, Pete Rock, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers and Common — all of whom expressed adoration, respect and gratitude to the group for their major contributions to music.

Beats, Rhymes & Life had a limited run in theaters in July, grossing $1.1 million, and was generally well-received by film and music critics.

The Blu-ray and DVD contain the following bonus features:

  • commentary with director Michael Rapaport
  • three featurettes
    • “Mike’s Journey”
    • “Bringing Beats to Life”
    • “On the Red Carpet at the Los Angles Film Festival Premiere”
  • deleted scenes
  • extended and alternate scenes
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