They say geniuses are crazy. And former Tribe Called Quest front man Q-Tip is allegedly no different.
As Tribe grew into one of hip-hop’s more celebrated groups in the 1990s, so did Tip’s mystique. Word on the Abstract Poetic was that he was an undeniable creative force, but also a bit of an eccentric oddball. So when reports surfaced that Tip didn’t approve of the Michael Rapaport-directed Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest late last year, fans speculated that the Queens MC/producer may be uncomfortable with the way he was depicted in the documentary. After all, the remaining Tribe members, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White, saw nothing wrong with the picture.
Beats, Rhymes & Life has since been premiered at various festivals and screened for the media to glowing reviews. The general consensus is that the movie tells a complete, compelling story. As for Tip, he’s painted as the at times bizarre forward-thinking trail blazer hip-hop has come to love and idolize, which begs the question: What exactly does he think is wrong with the movie?
Beats, Rhymes & Life opens next week, yet aside from mumbled and possibly sarcastic “go check out the Tribe movie” shoutouts during DJ sets, Tip has yet to endorse the doc. In an interview published in the New York Daily News earlier today (June 30), Rapaport vented that he was done catering to Tip. “You’re not Jay-Z, you’re not Kanye West,” he told the News. Sounds like Rapaport was hinted at Tip being a diva.
Fittingly, news recently surfaced that Tip cancelled his headlining appearance at this year’s Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Word is the Abstract wasn’t exactly the easiest person to deal with during negotiations. So, does Q-Tip really think he’s Jay-Z or Kanye West? You tell us…—XXL Staff