The Tribe Called Quest Documentary is FINALLY going to be released!

First and foremost I would to thank Craig Long a.k.a. B.B.C. from Houston, TX for turning me on to this link. Enjoy Fam!

By: Sony Pictures Classics

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Michael Rapaport’s directorial debut, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. Rival Pictures and State Street Pictures produced the film, which was in Documentary Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Sony Pictures Classics brokered the deal with The Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group and Steven C. Beer at Greenberg Traurig.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest documents the inner workings and behind-the-scenes drama that follow the band, A Tribe Called Quest, even today and explores what’s next for a group many claim are the pioneers of alternative rap. Having helped to pave the way for innovative hip hop artists, A Tribe Called Quest has kept a generation hungry for more of its groundbreaking music since the group’s much-publicized breakup in 1998. A Tribe Called Quest has three platinum albums – “Midnight Marauders,” “The Low End Theory” and “Beats, Rhymes & Life,” multiple Grammy nominations and headlined the 2008 “Rock the Bells” concert series alongside Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan.

Sony Pictures Classics said, “With ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest,’ Michael Rapaport proves himself a major new director and in doing so gives the audience an inside look at one of hip hop’s most fascinating and influential groups. A Tribe Called Quest has a fan base spanning generations and this film will only serve to solidify that audience while opening doors for entirely new fans of both the band and Michael.”

“I couldn’t be more excited and proud that ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’ is being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. As a first time filmmaker to have the support of SPC is like being signed by the NY Yankees. Telling this story was not only a labor of love, but also the most fulfilling accomplishment of my career,” states Michael Rapaport.

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UPDATE – UPDATE -UPDATE  (4-27-11)

Here is the theatrical release schedule for “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest”:

7/8

NEW YORK

Sunshine

Empire

Magic Johnson

LOS ANGELES

Arclight Hollywood

Century City 15

Criterion Santa Monica

7/15

SAN FRANCISCO

Metreon

Kabuki

CHICAGO

Century Centre

River East

CineArts Evanston

WASHINGTON, DC

E-Street

Georgetown

Bethesda Row

Shirlington

Magic Johnson

7/22

SAN DIEGO

Hillcrest

BOSTON

Kendall Square

Boston Commons

Embassy Waltham

PHILADELPHIA

Ritz 5

Ritz Center Voorhees

MINNEAPOLIS

Uptown

ATLANTA

Midtown

Phipps Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO – Add Ons in the works…

Shattuck

Century Mountain View

Marin Sausalito

CineArts Santana Row San Jose

7/29

DALLAS

Angelika

Angelika Plano

HOUSTON

Edwards Greenway

AUSTIN

Violet Crown

Arbor

SEATTLE

Pacific Place

Metro

Lincoln Square Bellevue

PORTLAND

Cinema 21

MILWAUKEE

Oriental

DETROIT

Uptown Birmingham

8/5

PHOENIX

Tempe Marketplace

MADISON

Sundance Cinemas

MIAMI

Regal South Beach

ST. LOUIS

Tivoli

CLEVELAND

Cedar Lee

CINCINNATI

Esquire

HONOLULU

Kahala

8/12

SAN ANTONIO

Bijou

AMC Huebner

COLUMBUS

Gateway

AMC Lennox

DAYTON

Neon Movies

KANSAS CITY

Palace

AMC Studio Olathe

SALT LAKE CITY

Broadway

INDIANAPOLIS

Keystone Art

PITTSBURGH

Regent

NEW ORLEANS

Canal Place

Elmwood

CHARLOTTE, NC

Manor

RALEIGH-CHAPEL HILL

Colony Raleigh

Chelsea Chapel Hill