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Jul 11

Michael Rappaport’s documentary on A Tribe Called Quest opens this weekend.  Click image above for full schedule.  The official Bay Area screening party will be hosted by PST.  DJ Platurn of the Oakland Faders makes his return to PST.  Resident DJ Sake One (Local 1200) joins in the fun, along with the Concierge Crew of Fran Boogie & Terril Jamon Douglas.

RSVP and arrive early for special gifts from Sony Classics, including “Beats, Rhymes & Life,” movie memorabilia, mixtapes and more. $4 Stoli cocktails from 9-11pm.

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Dec 02

Actor Michael Rapaport has been working on a documentary about legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest for years — and now a new trailer offers a tantalizing look at what’s in store. The film, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest , features extensive interviews with members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi, and details the quartet’s pioneering career during the 1990s, the issues that initially split them up (and flared up again during a recent reunion tour) and Phife’s ongoing diabetes-related health problems.

(The group’s fractious relations are referenced in an apparently joking title shown at the end of the trailer: Beats, Rhymes & Fights.)

The doc features appearances from Kanye West, Nas, Mos Def, the Roots and many others who testify to the group’s resounding influence, which includes humorous lyrics, previously unplumbed jazz samples, a mellow swagger and, as the Roots’ ?uestlove puts it, the fact that the group “managed to rewrite the song structure for hip-hop.”

The film is scheduled for release next year.

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