Thursday, June 2, 2011

Movie Trailer: Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

If your musical tastes run along the same lines as mine, The Low End Theory was one of the defining albums of your youth.  The joys of that album are likely lost on those who have never and still do not consider rap to be “real” music (yes, those people still exist, and in greater numbers than you think).  Well, there’s nothing like a documentary to bring the uninitiated up to speed.  Documentaries immortalize the legacies of artists in way that the works themselves cannot.  Actor Michael Rapaport has captured the trials and tribulations of A Tribe Called Quest for posterity with his directorial debut Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.

Teaser Trailer: Touye Pwen: The Series

With the June 28th premiere date of Touye Pwen looming in the very near future, R.L. Scott saw fit to finally offer an overview of the entire series as opposed to another exclusive clip.  The teaser for Touye Pwen offers brief glimpses at the kind of tense situations that the series specializes in.  When viewed in rapid, collage-like succession, these play like moments from a macho soap opera.  That is not a criticism, as I think R.L. Scott might have been thinking along those lines.  Melodrama doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  What were The Sopranos or The Wire if not extremely high quality soap operas aimed at male viewers?