Unable to explore psychology, personality or aesthetics, Rapaport has no story to tell. Anvil: The Story of Anvil is the great document about the unifying love of pop music, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster had moments of stark, clear conflict. But Beats, Rhymes & Life is hardly more than a video scrapbook—one with uneven lighting and amateurishly blurry camerawork. Fatally, no unifying structure means it lacks a beat, rhyme and life. Best to revisit ATCQ’s several inventive music videos (especially Scenario and Electric Relaxation), the finest documents of a movement.
I love Armond White. I guess I'll see the A Tribe Called Quest documentary, but I have a bad feeling about it, and Armond White's description more or less sum up my worst fears. I think White tends to really hammer on filmmaker's blind spots, so I wouldn't be surprised if their was something redemptive about the film, even if it's only the sountrack.