I finally got a chance to check out the Tribe doc last night and I have to say that is one fine piece of film making they’ve put together. By now you’ve probably read a dozen reviews so there’s no need for me to reiterate how good of a documentary it is, but as you can imagine, it’s so much more to anybody who was there for the People’s Instinctive Travels-Midnight Marauders run. There are moments that literally gave me chills, like the scene where Q-Tip shows how he chopped up the “Can I Kick It” sample which then segways into some rare footage of a 1990 performance of the song in Union Square. Or when that “Excursions” baseline comes on as they’re talking about the mind state they were in when they sat down to make “Low End Theory”. Or this clip above, of Jarobi breaking down when expressing how he felt when Phife’s health took a turn for the worst. It’s nice to have a proper documentary about one of the greatest groups of all time, and it’s fascinating to hear all of the back ground shit we hadn’t previously been privy too, but it’s those little moments that take you back or help you understand how tight these guys really were at one point that makes this a must see.
You can catch Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest in select theaters this Friday.