By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover
Deadline has confirmed that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up Michael Rapaport's A Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life for domestic release.
The film, which is Rapaport's directorial debut, concerns the attempted reunion of legendary hip-hop outfit A Tribe Called Quest and made some waves late last year when Q-Tip publicly took issue with the film.
Q-Tip's issues stemmed from the film's scenes of turmoil between Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, whose clashes are pretty well-known to hip-hop fans by this point. Q-Tip went so far as to pull out support from the band for the film before its Sundance premier. Nonetheless, Beats was one of the bigger successes at Sundance, receiving wide-spread critical acclaim and Sony execs seem to feel that the film could be a decent sized success in theatres, where they're hoping it'll have a built in audience of A Tribe Called Quest fans.
Rapaport is also currently hard at work on a cable adaptation of "The White Shadow," a high-school basketball drama series from the '70s and early '80s.