Actor Michael Rapaport profiles his favorite hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, and ends up documenting their deep-rooted friendships and conflicts.
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Michael Rapaport has an extensive list of acting credits, from Woody Allen films to roles on Boston Public, Friends, and Prison Break. For his newest project, he began with a vision to profile his favorite hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, and ended up documenting their deep-rooted friendships and conflicts along with the musical history of the group.
The movie is called Beats, Rhymes and Life, and features interviews with members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Mohammed and Jarobi White. Animated sequences of Tribe songs are interspersed with remarks from hip-hop producers, radio personalities and rappers, and give a portrait of the time as well as of the group itself.
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Jim and Greg have talked on the show before about France’s “3 Strikes” downloading law before on the show, and they’ve been wondering when they US will present its own anti-piracy initiative. Well, the Senate just did. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act”, a bipartisan bill that would allow the D.O.J. to shut down websites with pirated content. Record labels and Hollywood studios have been waiting for this for some time. Jim points out that a similar bill was introduced during the Bush administration, but, perhaps rightly so, some lawmakers didn’t feel the government should be footing the bill for these legal actions. With President Obama’s appointment of an Intellectual Property Czar, Greg sees a trend toward supporting corporate copyright holders in this administration.
In related news, U2’s manager Paul McGuinness recently published his own manifesto about the future of the music industry as it relates to downloading. There are few men as powerful in music today, so his words carry a lot of weight, but Jim and Greg aren’t sure McGuinness is being very forward thinking. He feels that internet service providers are not doing enough to catch pirates, and that the solution is to bundle royalty costs into your internet fee. U2 is one of the few bands, like Radiohead, who could choose to revolutionize their business model. But, disappointingly it’s business as usual for them.
They say that it takes a lifetime to make your first record and only a few months to make your second. If that’s true, then it’s no surprise that most artists face the dreaded “sophomore slump.” But, a rare few release second albums that meet or even exceed the first. Here are Jim & Greg’s picks for Sophomore Success Stories:
- Nirvana, Nevermind
- The Cars, Candy-O
- A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory
- PJ Harvey, Rid of Me
- Jimi Hendrix, Axis Bold As Love
- Sinéad O’Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
- Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model
- Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique
Now it comes time to look at a new sophomore effort: Grinderman 2. Nick Cave’s blues punk side project wowed Jim and Greg with its debut. And with this one, they’ve proved they can do more than just pure, raw energy. Jim hears a lot more experimentation, but also a lot more melody. Greg even found some songs just plain creepy. He calls Cave a wonderfully “nasty rock and roll machine.” Grinderman 2 gets a double Buy It.
A great 35min mix of 12 A Tribe Called Quest tracks, by the Spin Doctor.
This episode we’re discussing B-sides. What makes a good B-side? Why don’t we get those cute mini CDs any more? Is Lenny Kravitz a black man? Why xylophone solos rock and mandolin solos suck. We also spend a lot of time taking about hip-hop despite, and we freely admit this, knowing virtually nothing about the genre. As per usual we come to no meaningful conclusions, but that’s simply not the point.
Features tracks by: Adorable, St Etienne, My Bloody Valentine, A Tribe Called Quest, The Church and a collaboration between Curtis Mayfield & Ice T.
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