This weekend, I was finally able to watch Beats Rhymes & Life – a documentary following the past and present career of my all-time favorite hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Back in the day (on the boulevard of Linden), my crew and I would use their music as a backdrop to our lyrics. They were truly instrumental in my life and especially in my adoration for music today. Hip-hop has not been the same – although the styles are appreciated on its own level, nobody has been placed on that same pedestal that holds my favorite group. They are always the point of reference and comparison for me, anyway, especially when music is the topic of conversation with my kids.
I loved this documentary – it illustrates the trials and tribulations of a group of young friends with different backgrounds and similar threads; the rise to fame; the challenges of friendship in the music business; and loyalty.
A true must-see for any ATCQ fan out there!