Michael Rapaport on ATCQ documentary: “I didn’t unveil any secrets”


Late last year, shortly after a snippet of the upcoming Tribe Called Quest documentary, entitled Beats, Rhymes and Fights: The History of A Tribe Called Quest, was released leaked to the Internets, Q-Tip seemingly snubbed the film and it’s filmmaker, actor Michael Rapaport, stating (via his twitter account), “I am not in support of the a tribe called quest documentary. The filmmaker should respect the band to the point of honoring the few requests that’s was made about the piece. The filmmaker should respect the band enough to honor our request regarding the the film.”.

Until now Michael Rapaport, who has starred in previous films such as Higher Learning and Deep Blue Sea, has stayed silent. However, recently he spoke to MTV America about the highly anticipated film, which will be screened for the first time at this year’s Sundance Fim Festival>:

I adore ATCQ and my intention wasn’t to ever make them feel uncomfortable but my intention was never to make a fluff piece so we kind of hit a bump in the road. And we promoted [the film together]. Q-Tip and me were on the radio talking about ‘This is going to be the real story of A Tribe Called Quest.’

When I say ‘the real story’ that doesn’t mean that there’s going to be crazy sh—. I didn’t unveil any secrets.

From what I’ve learned Q-Tip and Phife have known each other their whole lives and they are like a family. And like any family, like any group — the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, EPMD, Public Enemy — they’ve had bumps in the road. I just think that because A Tribe Called Quest is so precious to fans, they were concerned about unveiling some of those things.

I don’t know about you… but I can’t wait for this film to be released.