Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Story of A Tribe Called Quest ~ Documentary to debut "soon"

Let's take a break from sports and do music for a minute.

On Sunday, my friend, Kevin, picked A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) on the jukebox (i.e. is that what they call them still) and my friend, John, picks "Can I Kick it?"...  Today, I get the trailer to ATCQ's new documentary brought attention my attention...  Weird, right?!?!  I told you that I'm LUCKY and strange, coincidental things happen to me!  I swear I can sense things, and that the universe just gives me stuff...

Have any of you "Rock(ed) the Bells"?  I did in August 2008.  I went to the Rock the Bells show in 2008 when it was out in the Bay Area.  For those of you that don't know, I used to guest blog on another site.  Actually, I could've sworn I'd done a post about the show years ago, but as I look through the archives I don't see it.  Ugh.  Here we go, from scratch.  Talk about testing my memory...

**** I had been hearing about the tour from my friend over and over and over again, and I'll admit that I hadn't been paying attention.  Next thing I knew I was visiting my brother in South Beach and he asked me if I knew anything about the Rock the Bells show because he wanted to go.  Seriously?!?!  Very strange.  He's a music guy, but I had no idea that he'd want to see A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, and De La Soul...  Sure enough, it took a phone call, but I had him set up.  My brother was texting me pictures from the stage.  What the...  Um, yeah...  I decided that if I could work the flights, I'd make the trip, and as usual ~ it all worked out (i.e. or "wirked" out).

Til this day I remember flying home from Dallas (i.e. where I had some company meetings at the office in Las Colinas, near the mustangs) only to hop on a plane the following day to head to San Francisco.  I was going to spend one night only in the "Yay" to see what all the hype was about.  ****  Now that I think about it, I actually didn't even sleep that night.  By the time the show ended, it was already late and after we all grabbed food, I went straight to the airport to make sure I that I didn't miss my early morning return flight home.  What can I say?  I sleep on planes...

I was invited to Rock the Bells by a friend of mine named Gary Harris.   At the venue, he mentioned that Michael Rapaport would be around filming, since he was shooting a documentary about A Tribe Called Quest.  Well, according to the trailer I saw today, the documentary is called, "Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Story of A Tribe Called Quest". I was at the show on August 16, 2008 in San Francisco.  I was backstage, onstage, and in the crowd taking in the scene.  ****  I even spent a few minutes in ATCQ's trailer after the show, while waiting for everyone to finish up, so we could leave.  While backstage, I actually met Michael Rapaport (i.e. very briefly).  He was polite, but it was obvious that the man wasn't there to socialize.  He was there working and capturing footage.

When I landed at SFO (i.e. the San Francisco Airport) I went straight to the Four Seasons in Palo Alto to meet up with the crew and head to the show.  At the show I was happy to see such a great turn out.  De La Soul did "Me, Myself, and I" and til this day it take me back to high school.

Here's a quick video of the De La Soul performing some of Me, Myself, and I:

As for the rest of the show Method Man and Redman were entertaining. **** I'm not lying when I say everywhere I turned, I swear Redman was right there.  I can recognize Murs in less than a second when I see him on TV, since I saw him walking around backstage.  I also met Jay Electronica who just this week was signed to Roc Nation (i.e. Jay-Z's label) this week.  In the picture, you can see Jay Electronica taking pictures of Method Man and Redman performing.  Nas performed also, but I've already voiced my feelings on his music in an earlier post so I'm not giving him any more time in this blog.

Now back to ATCQ and Michael Rapaport's documentary...  Like I said. I went to the show in 2008, but it's been on my radar since then.  When I was at the show, I saw the chemistry (i.e. or lack there of) on stage between Q-tip and Phife Dawg.  I saw Q-Tip move towards Phife, and watched as Phife more or less refused to take the "charge".  In the world of basketball, Phife would've been called for blocking since his feet definitely weren't set.  The move looked aggressive.  There were rumblings of some drama backstage before ATCQ hit the stage...  Don't get me wrong.  It was a good performance, but something didn't feel right.  It felt "tense".  ****  ATCQ would latercancel their next performance in Denver.

ATCQ (L to R): Jarobi, Q-Tip, and Phife Dawg
(not pictured Ali Shaheed Muhammad)

Based on the trailer (i.e. which unfortunately I cannot embed and include in this post right now), I can tell you that Rapaport's footage and construction of the film will not disappoint.  My friend, Gary Harris is the Music Supervisor of the project and based on his music history and "ear" I will personally guarantee that it will be top notch.  The trailer I saw left me wanting more... 

And..   Just in case you don't trust my taste in music and film, you should know that rumor that the film as already been accepted as a 2011 Sundance Film Festival submission....  If you ask me, this documentary has "WINNER" written all over it.

****  If you want to read, Gary's personal recap of the Rock the Bells show from back in 2008, here's the link:  http://insideplaya.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/rock-the-bells-chronicles-xi/.  All I can say, is that the show's lineup and that the trip to the Yay to Rock the Bells was well worth it! 



  1. Sarah-

    Thanks for one of the most memorable afternoons shared in the annals of hip hop, and all the inspiration, love and support. The playa would have not be savoring the game without your slight, and effective touch.

    Hugs & Kisses

  2. Welcome. Definitely an unforgettable show. All the best. Keep me posted on the latest.