Sundance Doc 'Beats Rhymes & Life' Gets a Lengthy First Trailer

December 1, 2010
Source: The Film Stage

Beats Rhymes & Life Trailer

It was just announced a few hours ago that actor Michael Rapaport's new documentary Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest would be playing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition category. I'm not sure how they found it, but our friends at The Film Stage dug up the first, seemingly official looking, full 5-minute long trailer for Beats Rhymes & Life. Yea if you're a fan of the group A Tribe Called Quest, you'll definitely want to check this out no matter what. Either way, get settled in for a lengthy early look at a fairly fun documentary that might be the talk of Sundance in January.

Watch the official release trailer for Michael Rapaport's documentary Beats Rhymes & Life:

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest is being directed by actor Michael Rapaport, who you know from True Romance, Deep Blue Sea, Special, Big Fan, Boston Public, making his feature directing debut with this doc. Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows the Queens, New York hip hop band A Tribe Called Quest. He explores what's next for, what many claim, are the pioneers of alternative rap. Beats Rhymes & Life is premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it will be looking for a distributor. For more info, visit their official website:

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Yes!! We need more hip hop docs like this!Love the Tribe!

jah p on Dec 1, 2010



florian on Dec 1, 2010


Days like this are gone. Hip Hop will never be the same.

blue orange ny on Dec 1, 2010


THE best rap/hip hop group ever. Good music in rap died when they disbanded.

Have Hope on Dec 1, 2010


Can't wait. Taking my sons to this one so they can see what I'm talkin' bout when I say today's hip hop has lost it's soul.

Uriah on Dec 1, 2010


while you all get excited about the content, I'm more surprised and amazed at who was behind this doc. Props

sedna on Dec 1, 2010


I was speaking with my uncle about Tribe the other day, he's turning 50 next month and was always madly into Jazz. He'd pretty much written off rap music as some sort of dumb musical posturing by actors alluding to lives that they never had. His 16 year old son had given him a tribe album to listen too and I think it really opened his head up to how powerful hiphop music was. For me growing up in the 90's listening to Tribe, De La Soul, Rakim, Leaders of the New School, KRS and many many more opened up a whole world of music, eventually I ended up searching out all the soul and funk breaks sampled on the records too. They were from the golden era, as Have Hope said, rap died after that era. Going to clubs and bugging out to that music was mad, they never had videos or none that we could watch anyways, so we just went on the records. For more hiphop stories check out D Nice's interviews over here:

Crapola on Dec 1, 2010


I've been following this film for a long time now and I can't tell you how excited I am for this. Tribe is the greatest, if not one of the greatest rap groups of all time. The trailer is removed though :/

Dan W on Dec 1, 2010


Holy shit. I'm trying hard not to speak too harsh on kids these days (or even certain adults) so I'll just say that this documentary needs to be seen by as many people as possible. God damn.

Cracky on Dec 1, 2010


Wrexx & Effect FTL. Teddy Riley... EAT YOUR HEART OUT!!! .

BinYe on Dec 1, 2010


The video has been removed by the user - did it leave its wallet in "El Segundo" and leave for good? What's the "Scenario" Mr. Rapaport? Please bring back the video!

LMA on Dec 1, 2010


haha to number 11 but please lets get this back up

Yekim on Dec 2, 2010


No video 🙁 But I agree with everyone here. Tribe is what started it off for me. The Hip Hop today is the worst that music industry had ever endured, well maybe besides The Roots, but Hip Hop was lost along time ago, and even though my niece and nephews think the mess that is out now is all that I'm gonna have to take them to see this if it's ever released. All the kids out there need to see this. True beats, great lyrics, True Hip Hop.

the douche on Dec 2, 2010


Alternative trailer link: Here we go yo!

Crapola on Dec 2, 2010


Wow, maybe there is hope in this world. Very nice to see people who look past the Jiggas and Soulja Boys and Eminems and realise what hip-hop as a musical artform can really be. Beats, Rhymes and Life is a KILLER album

Have Hope on Dec 2, 2010


The late 80's and early 90's was the best time in hip hop period!!!Master P and P Diddy came along and killed hip hop in the mid to late 90's! I definitely need to see this doc on the tribe and then watch the WUTANG Doc back to back!!

jah p on Dec 2, 2010


What the fuck? Michael Rapaport cock blocked this trailer. Would never have expected that.

Johnny Neat on Dec 3, 2010


I love it when I miss trailers like this.

Ellsworth on Dec 7, 2010

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