Q-Tip and ATCQ revelead more details about their issues with Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, Michael Rapaport, who directed the documentary. The film premiered at Sundance in January.
"The same day of the announcement that it came to Sundance, that 'Beats, Rhymes & Fights' trailer came out," Q-Tip said, referring to an earlier version of the title. "All of this stuff is going on and we're still trying to move forward in good faith and we see this e-mail, inadvertently, which was a godsend. I believe that that was the universe giving that to us and showing us who we were dealing with."
"Their whole comeback to that was, 'Oh, he's just frustrated, everybody's frustrated,' " Tip said. But he countered, "When you're frustrated you say, 'Yo, I'mma kick his ass. He's an a--hole, I can't stand him, I'mma f--- him up. I can't f--- with him again.' Those are things you say out of frustration. But when you say, 'First off, let's close the Billing Block and put it on the poster so they can't get on that. Then we'll f--- them on everything else,' that's strategy.
"That's premeditated, first. And second, you feel comfortable to say it to the rest of your team. That means that if the environment is conducive for you to have that kind of banter and that kind of language, God knows what else they've been saying amongst themselves. So how can we trust them?"