The majority of the members of A Tribe Called Quest were notably absent at the premiere of Michael Rapaport’s documentary on the group, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest, at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Only Phife Dawg made it to the premiere.
The three absent members, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi, sat down with MTV News and explained why they were absent from such an important event.
Q-Tip insisted Rapaport “came out of his pocket for $5,000” in order to cover travel expenses for ATCQ and their managers, a figure he implied was particularly low for a week-long stay in Park City, Utah.
Moreover, according to Ali, Rapaport misconstrued the situation by failing to reveal certain details. “It’s a deceptive way to tell what really happened,” Muhammad said. “Our management, they’re thorough and they capture things right away. They didn’t need five days to book a ticket; they were on top of it for months to get it covered. Why if he’s being asked the question to take care of the travel of the group that you need their support [for], why wait till the last minute to take care of it?”