Hot on the heels of their last event – a packed screening of Spike Lee’s 1989 classic Do The Right Thing – fellow UK film blog Permanent Plastic Helmet are delighted to announce a rare screening of Michael Rapaport’s 2011 doc Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest at Clapham Picturehouse on Thursday 27 September. What’s more, we have a pair of tickets to give away to the event. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven’t already, ‘Like’ us at or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

Best known for songs Bonita Applebum and Can I Kick It? – plus classic albums such as Midnight Marauders and The Low-End Theory – influential Queens-based group A Tribe Called Quest pioneered a jazzier, sunnier sound at a time when gangsta rap was in the ascendancy. Their 1998 break-up shocked the industry, and Beats Rhymes and Life picks up with Tribe in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the United States.

Rapaport’s all-access film focuses on the inner workings, personal relationships and behind the scenes drama that defines the band. No stone is left unturned, with a host of musical legends (including Kanye West, Common and Mos Def) on hand to pay tribute. You don’t need to be a die-hard hip- hop head to enjoy this revealing, funny and finally very moving film. On the night, there will be drinks and classic hip-hop in the bar, food, and a prize giveaway.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to see Beats Rhymes & Life at Clapham Picturehouse on Thursday 27 September, just answer the following simple question:

How many studio albums did A Tribe Called Quest release between the period of 1990-1998?

a) Five
b) Seven
c) Nine

To enter, simply fill out the contact form below with your name, email address, subject (‘Beats’), answer and postal address in the comment box provided.*

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The competition closes at 6pm on Wednesday 26 September, 2012.

Daniel Green

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