Underneath the a firm base of snow in Park City, a hotbed of hip-hop is warming up for Sundance.
The festival this year will be featuring a number of films, performances and soundtracks with a hip-hop, rap and urban music bent, including a documentary on A Tribe Called Quest, appearances from Beastie Boys and a killer "Mixtape" with a score from The Roots' Questlove.
"Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" as previously reported, turns the lens on the rise and fall of ATCQ, with Michael Rapaport helming. Not only will artists like Kanye West, Nas and De La Soul be providing some commentary on the troupe's influence, but producer and MC Madlib was on hand to compose the score and Peanut Butter Wolf was in charge of music supervision.
Check out stills from the documentary here.
Another doc, "Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" focuses in on the Black Power movement in America during that year span, but has powerful contemporary voices with and behind the story. Questlove of The Roots is composing the score, and commentary from Black Star rapper and solo artist Talib Kweli and firey R&B/Urban singer Erykah Badu will feature.
And, of course, we've been eager to see Adam "MCA" Yauch take the stage to discuss his film short "Fight For Your Right Revisited." The star-studded film appears to have grown even star-studlier these days. Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen are confirmed to play the Beastie Boys in part of the clip, with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black on board to play the trio in another part.
[More after the jump...]