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April 30, 2011  | by: Vanessa Douglas

A Tribe Called Quest

Back in March, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi, three fourths of the legendary hip hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, sat down with MTV to talk about the controversy over Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.

Directed by Michael Rapaport, the documentary is being lauded by many after premiering at Sundance, but has cause controversy among those involved in the filmmaking process.

The members of Tribe were rightfully frustrated with the fact that they were not being credited as producers (If you help produce a film that is about yourself, shouldn’t you be a producer?)

Other concerns were that a trailer was leaked on the internet with the wrong film title, as well as secret e-mails that detailed how the group was going to be left out of the process. Rapaport had also previously sat down with MTV and talked about the drama that had been unfolding.

With some of the members clearly stating that they were not supporting the film, many, including Phife Dawg, were surprised to see Ali Shaheed Muhammad at the Tribeca premiere of the film this past week.  A quote from the Rolling Stone article:

Ali told Rolling Stone that he was there to “support and represent” – as well as to demonstrate that the intramural squabbling was over. The film, he said, now has the group’s complete approval. “Just because Q-Tip is not here does not mean he’s not in support of the film,” Ali said. “I’m here, and I’m representing Q-Tip. We’re happy with the finished version. If none of us were fine with this, no one would be seeing the film.”
Rapaport then said his initial goal was to reunite the members, and Phife said that his efforts seemed to be working. Rolling Stone talked about whether the group would make new music any time soon, especially now that the (completely unnecessary) drama has subsided.  “If the stars align,” Ali said, “and we feel like we have a purpose in recording, then it can happen.”  Let us hope that the stars align then. It would be more than a dream come true for many fans if Tribe brought us something (anything!) new.
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