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Q-Tip Continues Dispute Over ATCQ Documentary

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The highly-anticipated A Tribe Called Quest documentary ‘Beats, Rhymes and Life’ will debut as an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, but Q-Tip is at still at odds with the film’s director Michael Rapaport.

Tip first addressed his issues with the film on Twitter, explaining that the members of ATCQ were unhappy with some of Rapaport’s decisions. The director followed up with a statement which claimed that Tip’s objections were coming strictly from a personal place. “He was speaking on behalf of himself and his biggest request was to be protective of the legacy of Tribe,” Rapaport told MTV. “So when the film was coming to completion, he got a little bit nervous because he wants to be seen in a certain way. I think the reason he did his little Twitter thing was because when he realized that the movie was coming to completion and going to get seen by people.”

On Friday (Jan. 21.) Tip took to Twitter once again, to dispute Rapaport’s claim that his objections didn’t represent the feelings of the entire group, “The director of the film cannot speak to what is in my head abt the documentary, nor can this director EVER say i dont speak for the group,” Tip wrote. “When i say i do then belive me i do. Tribe is no different than any other collective. we experience bumps bruises and disagreements then and we still do. but knowing our history and our messages in our music we will NEVER be taken advantage of like we were in the past. we dont care who it is. but we are truly thankful for your interest in our music and your interest in this flattering look at our career.”

Q-Tip is still expected to appear at Sundance in support of ‘Beats, Rhymes and Life.’ The documentary will explore the group’s rise to hip-hop fame, their turbulent relationship and interviews from artists like Nas, De La Soul and Kanye West.


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