Jason DeCrow, AP
Though Tribe frontman Q-Tip publicly denounced Rapaport's film, which he claimed was not a fair representation of his group, he has since turned an about-face, voicing his approval, though he was notably absent at its Sundance and Tribeca film festival screenings.
Appearing to "support and represent" at Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday (April 29), alongside Tribe rapper Phife Dawg, DJ-producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad said that the group is happy with the film's final cut, despite Tip's absence.
"Just because Q-Tip is not here does not mean he's not in support of the film," Muhammad told Rolling Stone. "I'm here, and I'm representing Q-Tip. We're happy with the finished version. If none of us were fine with this, no one would be seeing the film."
"I really didn't know that he was coming," Phife said, surprised at Muhammad's appearance at the screening. "That makes me really happy.
The film's director, Rapaport, also chimed in on his pleasure at seeing two of the four founding Tribe members -- factoring in hype man Jarobi -- at the premiere.
"We got two out of three – two out of four," he exclaimed. "Maybe we'll get a bigger surprise out of this later."
"See? That's a step in the right direction," Phife agreed. "We need two more, but that's a good step."
'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest' officially opens on July 8 in New York City and L.A., and will continue a staggered national release, opening in 32 major cities from July 22 to August 12. Check out the full list of dates here.