The Root Recommends: 'Beats, Rhymes and Life'

A documentary that chronicles the story of one of hip-hop's most revered groups.

Sony Classics

Named after the group's fourth album, Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest looks back at the storied history of one of hip-hop's seminal acts. Directed by actor Michael Rapaport, Beats, Rhymes and Life chronicles the group's four members from their childhood exploits to the tribulations of staying afloat amid the growing trend of gold chains and bottle popping.

From the downfalls of an evolving music industry to their own personal spats, the documentary takes a no-holds-barred approach to chronicling both the band’'s highs and its lows. Released on July 8, Beats, Rhymes and Life is a must-see for Tribe devotees and hip-hop lovers alike.

Previous recommendation: 'The Barber of Birmingham.'

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