2011 Tribeca Film Festival: Beats, Rhymes and Life and Let the Bullets Fly
Based on the applause that greeted each name appearing in the jazzy animated opening credits of Michael Rapaport’s debut film, it was a crew-heavy audience at the film’s New York premiere. And as the room bounced and cheered with the opening beats of nearly every song, everybody else in the place thought A Tribe Called Quest is about as good as hip-hop ever was. Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest is the sort of movie that gets called a labor of love, but in this case, that’s not a minus…
My festival reviews of the films Beats, Rhymes and Life and Let the Bullets Fly can be read at PopMatters.