See That Man at Centre Right?
That’s rapper Phife Dawg who’s humble enough to still fit within his provenance, Jamaica, Queens, despite being one of the members of the pioneering hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, the subject Michael Rappaport‘s documentary called Beats, Rhymes and Life. The man has strong opinions on everything, his slight insecurity about his high-pitched voice, his reasons as a New Yorker choosing the Lakers instead of the Knicks and even hilariously comparing himself to Florence Ballard when talking about the group’s dissolution and ongoing squabbles.
But Phife isn’t the only colourful character in the film, as it interviews others about the group and the very diverse New York hip hop scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s. One of whom is Monie Love, praising ATCQ’s ethos compared to angrier groups as the time, saying ‘There’s a specific time and a specific place for Fuck the Police…[and]…Fight the Power!’ Here’s a longer version of my write-up of the doc at The Film Experience.