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Movie review: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest'
Movie review: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest'

An exploration of the history of a New York hip-hop collective, the documentary "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" captures a sense of the shared bonds and joys of music-making and the difficulties of holding onto those feelings as the accumulated peeves and disagreements of years roll by. The directing debut of actor Michael Rapaport, the film has both a fan's enthusiasm and a slyly observant way of letting the subjects talk themselves into unexpected revelations. It is at its most vibrant when re-creating the energy of Tribe's original moment in the late '80s and early '90s, when the musicians brought a spirited, playful...

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