Phife Dawg “Wishes Rest of Group” Was at ATCQ Doc Premiere

Over the weekend, Michael Rapaport’s documentary, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, but only one of the four members of the legendary Queens group was in attendance.

“I wish the rest of them were here,” Phife Dawg said, according to the Los Angeles Times during an emotional speech following the screening. “They don’t understand. I’ve been listening to you guys’ responses throughout the movie. Q-Tip has no idea how many people love him. When he was up there cracking jokes, yo, I almost pissed my pants!”

“You guys were dying of laughter,” Phife continued. “He don’t see that…. He’s like, ‘Yo, man, I don’t know, man. I don’t know.’ I just wish they were all here to witness how much love you showed this movie.”

The film, which is veteran actor Rapaport’s directorial debut, has been clouded by controversy since Q-Tip spoke out against the project in December.

“The last time I was with Q-Tip, he was fawning over the movie,” Rapaport told MTV News. “It’s disappointing that the rest of the group isn’t here. They were offered everything the needed and asked to be offered to get here. They chose not to be here.”

“What other film producers aren’t here to support their movie at the Sundance Film Festival?” Rapaport questioned, referencing the fact that Tribe had signed on to produce the flick while it was being made.

As previously reported, however, Tip, Jarobi and Ali Shaheed Muhammad released a statement regarding the film and their absence from the screening.

“Thanks to our fans for their support through the years and for the enthusiasm around the documentary,” the three said in the statement. “We hope that the film’s perspective conveys our love of hip-hop culture. We could not attend Sundance, but we want to express our love and appreciation for the support that we have received in advance of the film’s premiere. We hope that it is well received. Thank you.”

The doc is set to appear at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York, which will be held at the end of April. —Adam Fleischer

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  • DJD

    Good job XXL. You’ve showed us that you cannot do basic math. 2 out of the three showing up is not 3/4′s…it’s 2/3. Go back to school. Weak.

  • DJD

    Jairobi doesn’t count either.

    • Tre

      Looks like you found a piss poor reason to complain.

  • Q461

    I’ve been following this story and I’m really curious to what the discrepency between Rapaport and Tribe could be. Apparently Phife showed up to the premiere but not the other 3 ( For those that don’t know Jarobi was the 4th original member but left after the first album). In any case, I’m wondering what the issues are and I wanna see this doc. Tribe’s without a doubt one of my favorite groups of all time.

    And for those who would say Michael Rapaport is just some whiteboy trying to discredit these brothers, dude actually has somewhat of a back history in hip-hop and has always been respectful to the cultures traditions as a fan. He was in hip-hop classic films like Higher Learning and Zebrahead as well as video appearances for Ludacris, Talib Kweli and Jay-Z ( Still remember that Usual Suspects shit from The City Is Mine). Dude even apparently named his son after one of the dudes from De la Soul, and this was his pet project.
    I just wonder if he doctoring actual truths in order to make the film project work ( which happens very often in Hollywood) or if Q-Tip is trying to brush some shady shit under the rug. Phife is cool with the film so I don’t know.
    Anyone with inside info about this situation holla at me and let me know whats up…