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Michael Rapaport’s documentary on hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest, “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” will first open July 8 in New York City and Los Angeles and then on to  another 32 cities reports Billboard.

“Beats, Rhymes & Life” will play San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., on its second week, San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Atlanta beginning July 22.  The screening run wraps on August 12 when it premieres in 10 cities, among them New Orleans, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.

Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip-hop bands of all time, A Tribe Called Quest has kept a generation hungry for more of its groundbreaking music since the group’s much-publicized breakup in 1998. The band shaped a unique sound by wedding jazz-infused musicscapes to Afrocentric rhymes espousing unity and community. Its music became the anthem for cool and broke down barriers for people who had never before connected with hip-hop. In spite of unparalleled artistic success, however, the group encountered pitfalls that eventually caused its tumultuous breakup.

Beats, Rhymes & Life, the feature directorial debut of acclaimed actor Michael Rapaport, documents the inner workings and behind-the-scenes drama that follow the band even today and explores what’s next for a group many claim are the pioneers of alternative rap. Rapaport’s passion for his subjects allows them to open up to the camera, resulting in a remarkably honest, emotional portrait that does justice to this seminal band.[ 2011 Sundance Film Festival ]

“Beats, Rhymes & Life” had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and is currently screening at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Here is the theatrical release schedule for “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest”:

7/8 

NEW YORK 

Sunshine 

Empire 

Magic Johnson 

LOS ANGELES 

Arclight Hollywood 

Century City 15 

Criterion Santa Monica 

7/15 

SAN FRANCISCO 

Metreon 

Kabuki 

CHICAGO 

Century Centre 

River East 

CineArts Evanston 

WASHINGTON, DC 

E-Street 

Georgetown 

Bethesda Row 

Shirlington 

Magic Johnson 

7/22 

SAN DIEGO 

Hillcrest 

BOSTON 

Kendall Square 

Boston Commons 

Embassy Waltham 

PHILADELPHIA 

Ritz 5 

Ritz Center Voorhees 

MINNEAPOLIS 

Uptown 

ATLANTA 

Midtown 

Phipps Plaza 

SAN FRANCISCO – ADD ONS 

Shattuck 

Century Mountain View 

Marin Sausalito 

CineArts Santana Row San Jose 

7/29 

DALLAS 

Angelika 

Angelika Plano

HOUSTON 

Edwards Greenway 

AUSTIN 

Violet Crown 

Arbor 

SEATTLE 

Pacific Place 

Metro 

Lincoln Square Bellevue 

PORTLAND 

Cinema 21 

MILWAUKEE 

Oriental 

DETROIT 

Uptown Birmingham 

8/5 

PHOENIX 

Tempe Marketplace 

MADISON 

Sundancen Cinemas 

MIAMI 

Regal South Beach 

ST. LOUIS 

Tivoli 

CLEVELAND 

Cedar Lee 

CINCINNATI 

Esquire

HONOLULU 

Kahala 

8/12 

SAN ANTONIO 

Bijou 

AMC Huebner 

COLUMBUS 

Gateway 

AMC Lennox 

DAYTON 

Neon Movies 

KANSAS CITY 

Palace 

AMC Studio Olathe 

SALT LAKE CITY 

Broadway 

INDIANAPOLIS 

Keystone Art 

PITTSBURGH 

Regent 

NEW ORLEANS 

Canal Place 

Elmwood 

CHARLOTTE 

Manor 

RALEIGH-CHAPEL HILL 

Colony Raleigh 

Chelsea Chapel Hill

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