Q-Tip Explains Beef With Michael Rapaport, Voices Support For ATCQ Documentary
Michael Rapaport said he was done trying to make Q-Tip happy about his Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest documentary which hits theaters tomorrow.
Tip publicly had beef with the project and Mike catered to him, but recently the film’s director told the press that the Tribe front man would “come around.”
And it seems that has happened as Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad spoke to Angie Martinez on Hot 97FM and stated they got the creative control they were after.
“If we hadn’t been supportive of the film, it wouldn’t be out. When I said that I wasn’t in support of it on Twitter, the director needed to respect the subject’s few requests that they had about the film artistically, an editing thing,” Q-Tip said.
“Like I said before on MTV, it was more like a flare to get his attention, like, ‘Hello?’ because we were trying to get his attention. So we did it and then two days later, they were on a plane and came and worked on the edit.”
Even though the movie was changed to the suit the subjects, Mr. Rapaport’s statements in The Daily News rubbed Tip the wrong way.
“It was weird and lowbrow. We kinda been dealing with a lot of that stuff from him. They weren’t trying to really honor us as producers and we had some issues behind the scenes, in terms of the contracts and all of that stuff.”
The “Vivrant Thing” rapper doesn’t feel like Michael Rapaport has any ill will intended so maybe we will see them work it out and push the film together. Or maybe this was a promotional tool.
Tip explained, “I think Mike is not a bad person at his core. It’s just he’s excited about it, it’s a passionate project, he’s a passionate dude. It’s his first outing as a director, so there’s some things.”