The highly anticipated documentary of A Tribe Called Quest, Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, will benefit from Sony Pictures Classics distribution.
The movie studio has acquired rights to the film, produced by actor and ATCQ fan Michael Rappaport.
“Michael Rappaport proves himself a major new director and in doing so gives the audience an inside look at one of hip hop’s most fascinating and influential groups. A Tribe Called Quest has a fan base spanning generations and this film will only serve to solidify that audience while opening doors for entirely new fans,” reads a statement from Sony.
Michael and Sony reps are more confident of the film’s positive portrayal than members of the band who’ve somewhat distanced themselves from the project.
“I am not in support of the a tribe called quest documentary,” Q-Tip, the group’s front man, posted to his Twitter wall in December. However, member Phife Dawg was on hand at Sundance when the film premiered.
Despite what seem like mixed feelings from the group’s members, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Michael couldn’t be happier about the film or the backing by Sony.
“I couldn’t be more excited and proud … As a first time filmmaker to have the support of SPC is like being signed by the NY Yankees. Telling this story was not only a labor of love, but also the most fulfilling accomplishment of my career,” said Michael.
-Tracy L. Scott