Michael Rapaport will be hitting the road this summer with his documentary on hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest, “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” starting July 8 in New York City and Los Angeles.
The film, a Sony Pictures Classics release, will play 32 cities as it is released to a handful of theaters at a time. “Beats, Rhymes & Life” will play San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., on its second week, San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Atlanta beginning July 22.
The current run ends Aug. 12 when it premieres in 10 cities, among them New Orleans, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. The film screened twice at the Tribeca Film Festival.
We all know the story by now: In 2006, while attending a reunion show at L.A.’s Wiltern Theatre, Michael Rapaport decided he was the one to make this documentary, financing it with his own credit cards.
“There was no time to wait,” he said. “As an actor I have been a part of so many movies that seem like they are about to fall apart. The indie filmmakers who inspire me are the ones who go and do it, no matter what that means. Fortunately since then I have received (some financing).”
Using performances and interviews from the 2008 Rock the Bells festivals that they headlined, the four members of A Tribe Called Quest trace their history from the borough of Queens to the formation of the group in 1988 and the release of five albums between 1990 and 1998. Considered the most artistically ambitious rap group of the 1990s, “Beats, Rhymes & Life” is also the title of Tribe’s only No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200.
Here is the theatrical release schedule for “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest”:
Century City 15
Criterion Santa Monica
Ritz Center Voorhees
SAN FRANCISCO – ADD ONS
Century Mountain View
CineArts Santana Row San Jose
Lincoln Square Bellevue
Regal South Beach
AMC Studio Olathe
SALT LAKE CITY
The Manor Theater
Chelsea Chapel Hill