''They Didn't Produce Sh*t For the Movie''
4:00PM ET April 15th, 2011
Contributor : Hip Hop Blog Staff
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Despite the announcement that the Michael Rapaport-directed A Tribe Called Quest documentary will be released to theaters in June, the feud between the actor/director and alt-rap's most beloved group continues to rage on. In an interview with Complex, Rapaport blasted Q-Tip, who has been most vocal in his criticisms of the film, and the rest of the group for impeding the release of the film.
"Yeah, well, producers usually produce something," Rapaport says. "Q-Tip in my opinion has gone out of his way to make this as difficult a process as possible. They never asked about being producers until the 29th hour when my final cut was handed in. Then they said, and this is the exact truth, 'We won’t sign off on the final cut until we are given producer credits and our managers are given producer credits.'"
"Now, my real opinion on why they shouldn’t be given producer credits is number one, they didn’t produce sh*t for the movie," adds Rapaport. "Number two, why would you want to take a producer credit on something you didn’t produce? Number three, yes, it could potentially seem like a reality show or propaganda if you get a producer credit on something that is about you. I said, 'If I keep this scene in there or that scene in there it’s a better story. It’s a better articulated, well-rounded story.' They said, 'You’re gonna have to bite the bullet on this one. We don’t want that scene in there.'"
"We had tickets booked [for the Sundance Film Festival], flights booked and they didn’t go to Sundance because they didn’t want to go Sundance," Rappaport revealed. "Q-Tip didn’t want to go to Sundance because he didn’t wanna go to Sundance, period. Phife went to Sundance. Ali didn’t go to Sundance because he had a tour in Europe and that was months before so we knew he wasn’t coming to Sundance."
"Look, it’s like you wanna be producers? Be producers," Rapaport continues. "All the other producers flew themselves to Sundance. Your manager who wants a producer credit, she’s a producer too, now. I flew myself to Sundance. I put myself up and so did my editor and six or seven of the other producers who actually worked for two and a half years putting this movie together."
"The wackest, most peculiar thing about that bullsh*t MTV interview they did was when they said, 'We love the movie. We think it’s an amazing movie. We want people to go see it,'" he says. "Well, if you want people to go see it what the f**k are you doing on MTV trying to disrespect me and the movie? You’re embarrassing and shitting on yourself by even going up there and doing that."