The actor and director opens up about documenting the dysfunction of Tribe’s final days.
Ahead of the full drop, a set of excerpts from the upcoming episode has been released. In one clip from the interview, Kweli inquires about the experience of making the A Tribe Called Quest documentary, Beats, Rhymes, and Life, during a particularly contentious period in the group’s career, noting Q-Tip’s rumored dissatisfaction with an early trailer.
Rapaport admits when he signed on to make the film, he was unaware of the internal feuding that had characterized their disbandment and even their reunion tour, as seen in the 2011 doc. The actor goes on to explain how he’d intended to “make the movie out of love” for the group. He goes on to claim the trailer Tip reacted to was pulled from the editing room, titled Beats, Rhymes and Fights, and published online. Rapaport explains how Tip wasn’t the only one who took issue with the film’s depiction of the tensions in the group, but it was an unavoidable end for a film that attempted to tell the story of four men over 20 years who were known to be dysfunctional.
“My intention was never to make anybody feel uncomfortable,” Rapaport tells Kweli. He adds “I had a love affair with A Tribe Called Quest and I wanted to make the movie out of love.”
Watch Michael Rapaport and Talib Kweli discuss the making of his A Tribe Called Quest documentary below. Hold tight for the full episode to drop on Monday morning.