Q-Tip Says ATCQ Won’t ‘Be Taken Advantage Of,’ Responds To Doc Director Michael Rapaport

By Alvin Blanco

Q-Tip has responded to comments actor/ director Michael Rapaport told RapFix about the hotly anticipated documentary about A Tribe Called Quest.

“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,” Rapaport said last week.

The Abstract Poetic took to Twitter early Friday (December 21) to reveal that he and Rapaport still aren’t on the same page regarding the documentary the latter directed, titled “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest,” which is set to premier at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 22.

“The director of the film cannot speak to what is in my head about the documentary,” is how Tip began a series of tweets regarding Rapaport and the film.

Tip then continued, “Nor can this director ever say I don’t speak for the group. When I say I do then believe me I do. Tribe is no different than any other collective. We experienced 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 don’t care who it is.”

A Tribe Called Quest famously fell out with their longtime label home Jive Records, which one can assume the MC is referring to when he wrote “be taken advantage of.” Although Q-Tip dropped a critically acclaimed album in 2008 (The Renaissance), The Love Movement the last album from the group was released in 1998 and it is rumored that the group still owes the label one more album.

“But we are truly thankful for your interest in our music and your interest in this flattering look at our career,” he wrote. “If @alishaheed @jarobione or @diggymusberger says they speak for the group then they do. No one else!”

All this back and forth drama amounts to one thing: We must watch “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.”

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