Q-Tip – Do It, See It, Be It
Yesterday, I watched the Michael Rapaport directed documentary, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. I saw it in July when it was released, but I decided to queue it up again to rehash my mmeory. The entire documentary revovled around conflicts between Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, which really put a damper on the film. The highlights of the group could have been featured more promintely and many other questions remained unanswered. Notably, how did Phife and Ali feel about Consquence being on a third of the tracks on their 1996 LP Beats, Rhymes and Life?
This entire post was inspired by listening to one song by Q-Tip, “Do It, See It, Be It.”
The track is neatly tucked into the last 4:40 or so of Q-Tip’s first solo album Amplified. The song is autobiographical, as Kamal tells how he started rapping, the high’s and lows of A Tribe Called Quest, and other life changing events. Basically, this song is the documentary in a nutshell.