Thank you Michael Rapaport, for taking the time and energy to film this documetary about the very talented and soulful ATCQ.
I've loved ATCQ since the early 90s. As a kid, their albums were the few that my mother would purchase for me, as they didn't have parental advisory warnings on them. I assumed that this documentary, directed by Michael Rapaport, would re-visit and re-open those days and this music that was so positive and so absolutely refreshing in contrast to ATCQ's less creative less optimistic 'hip hop' contemporaries
Unfortunately, this documentary has a very negative overtone which overshadows the uplifting and healing music that ATCQ produced in the 90s.
As a fan, I understand, through having read countless articles, that Phife and Q-Tip have had a rocky relationship: so what? This should not have been the bedrock, the foundation, of this film. Perhaps this was unintentional. A little more work, however, could have revealed a less abrasive plot line to follow. I felt the abrasiveness of this documentary from the beginning, as Phife spoke about his relationship to Q-Tip. This continued to the end of the film, when Q-Tip was not present at the film's debut. Michael Rapaport, this did not have to be your plot line. I wish you'd picked a more positive narrative to follow.
I think that I speak for a lot of ATCQ's more astute fans, when I say that we would have loved to have learned more about how the brilliant Ron Carter came to work on "The Low End Theory." Or how the Q-Tip, Large Professor and Pete Rock combined their powers for their various projects. Or what about the very "purrrrrrty" (says Mos Def in Black Star liner notes) Vinia Mojica? What about the Ummah? What about the Soulquarians? Where did Consequence come from? Did Ali Shaheed Muhammad contribute to album production? And Christ, how about we get into Neo Soul, a little bit. ?Love (in "Fantastic Volume 1"'s liner notes) says that "Midnight Marauders" was responsible for giving birth to the entire neo soul music movement, which continues, fantastically to this day. Michael Rapaport, I wish you'd have taught me; taught me and made me feel fantastic like ATCQ's albums always did.
There are great and beautiful parts to this documentary: animation, great interviews, great shots, video clips, etc. They are, however, unfortunately overshadowed by the plot line.
This music, and these three (sometimes y) talented men have touched a countless number of people through soul lifting intelligent music. They did not deserve to be cast in this light. I don't think that things should have been left out. I just feel that this film's through-line should have relfected, without blemish, their beautiful and positive music.
It's not too late, Mr. Rapaport. You can always make a sequel : )