So Sundance 2011, set to invade Utah in January, has announced a lineup that includes, in the documentary category, competing with such works as The Redemption of General Butt Naked, Page One: A year inside the New York Times, and BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey (ooooh), a long-rumored film titled Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, directed by one Michael Rapaport, because of course it is. A rough trailer leaked online a few days ago and was promptly pulled down; people seem genuinely excited about it. Not among those excited about it is Q-Tip, of A Tribe Called Quest.
As is Q-Tip’s recent wont, he’s expressed this sentiment — nearly verbatim, as you can see — only via Twitter so far, though we will reach out to him for elaboration. For now all he offers is vague talk regarding “the few requests” the group has made regarding the film — “Don’t mention The Love Movement,” maybe. More on this later, via Twitter or some other viral means, I’m sure, but let’s hope Tip and Rapaport can reconcile, so this flick can head to Utah with all hands on deck and kick Elmo’s ass.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 3, 2010