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Rift Between Rapaport And Q-Tip Remains At Sundance Premiere

Rift Between Rapaport And Q-Tip Remains At Sundance Premiere (photo)

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On the eve of the premiere for Michael Rapaport’s documentary, “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest,” tensions still seem thick between the group and the first time feature director. The ongoing public airing of disagreements began with a comment made by Q-Tip via twitter after an unofficial trailer leaked out in December — at the time he said he was “not in support” of the documentary.

Rapaport dismissed the rapper’s “little Twitter thing” as nerves, reminding everyone that Q-Tip was a producer on the doc and was surely still in support of it. But Q-Tip recently tweeted “The director of the film cannot speak to what is in my head about the documentary,” according to MTV. “Nor can this director ever say I don’t speak for the group. When I say I do then believe me I do,” he continued. “Tribe is no different than any other collective. We experienced bumps bruises and disagreements then and we still do. But knowing our history and our messages in our music we will never be taken advantage of like we were in the past. We don’t care who it is.”

If anything the scrape between the two is getting people more fired up about the doc. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Rapaport was enthusiastic too. “There’s never been a formal, proper independently-made documentary about a hip-hop group. They were one of the first acts to seamlessly use elements of jazz–taking the records that were in their parents’ record collection and putting them in hip-hop. There was a consciousness without being overbearing and fun and innocence, at the same time Public Enemy was out. Tribe’s music had inclusiveness. It was definitely soulful, black music, but it was for everybody.”

He kind of skirted the question, claiming they were “past it,” when asked about Q-Tip, whom Rapaport had first approached about making the documentary in 2008. “My big question to answer as a director was: Will a Tribe Called Quest make more music?” Rapaport posed. He didn’t tell what the answer was though, “I got to leave some cliffhangers.”

The director then reminisced about his first time at Sundance for his role in “Zebrahead,” in 1992. “I met Quentin Tarantino at the Reservoir Dogs premiere. I was also at a midnight screening of “Kids,” sitting right in front of Harvey Weinstein,” Rapaport recalled. “It was a big year for independent film. Sitting in the movie theater and listening to all these filmmakers talk about how they were paying for things with their credit card, ‘I made this movie for $7,000’ and ‘I quit my job for this movie’ or ‘I mortgaged my house to make this movie.'”

Rapaport can walk the talk too, as he paid for “Beats, Rhymes & Life” out of his own pocket. “I think it’s even gotten harder now,” he said. “Who the fuck is going to buy one of these rinky-dink little movies? If you are going to make a passion project, it’s going to be a bloodbath.”

Only member of Tribe, Phife, attended the film’s premiere over the weekend. Q-Tip and the rest abstained, but released this statement to AllHipHop.com, “We hope that the film’s perspective conveys our love of hip-hop culture,” Tribe continued in the statement. “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 tonight. We hope that it is well received.”

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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