Sat, Oct 4, 08 10:00 AM
SOHH has learned that long time hip-hop fan and well known actor, Michael Rapaport (Zebrahead, Higher Learning) has teamed up with Nas to produce a documentary film about renowned rap group, A Tribe Called Quest. In this exclusive, Rapaport and Tribe member Q-Tip discuss the upcoming project.
Friends since high school, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad formed Tribe back in 1988. Throughout the 90s the beloved Queens-bred group released five critically acclaimed albums (one with fourth member Jarobi), only to disband before the millennium. In 2004 they reunited for the first time and since have been performing at several festivals.
Now, the whole saga will appear on the big screen.
“I’m directing a documentary film about the group, the past present and future of A Tribe Called Quest,” Rapaport told SOHH.
Rapaport, a Brooklyn native, who currently has a role on Fox’s hit show Prison Break, says he’s extremely passionate about the project.
“I’ve just been a fan of theirs for a long time,” he said. “They’re my favorite group and they’re worthy of it in my opinion. They’re like the Rolling Stones of hip-hop.”
Def Jam mega star Nas has signed on as the producer of the documentary. The Queensbridge rapper, who co-headlined this summer’s “Rock The Bells” tour with Tribe and Mos Def will be making his production debut on this project.
“It’s Nas’ first major motion picture that he’s filming,” said Q-Tip. “I guess they’re going to take it to the festivals like
Tip is excited to be the focus of the film which has yet to be titled. “It’s cool,” he said. “I’m kinda honored that they’re doing that.”
Rapaport says he has been enjoying getting to know the members of Tribe in a very human way.
“They’ve been open and honest, as they are in their music, and they’re good people. So it’s been fun.”
As of press time there is no planned release date for the project.
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