SPC feels the ‘Beats’

Picks up North American rights to Tribe Called Quest documentary

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Michael Rapaport’s docu “Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.”

Pic, which bowed at Sundance earlier this year as part of the doc competish, chronicles the influential early ’90s hip-hop group Tribe Called Quest, which released a trio of platinum albums before a 1998 breakup and subsequent reunion in 2006.

The helming debut from Rapaport (“Mighty Aphrodite,” “True Romance”) includes footage of interviews with band members as well as other hip-hoppers, including Busta Rhymes and members of De La Soul and the Beastie Boys.

“Beats” is produced by Rival Pictures and State Street Pictures. SPC negotiated the distribution pact with the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group and Greenberg Traurig’s Steven C. Beer.

“Beats, Rhymes and Life” is one of a handful of SPC pickups of films that bowed at Sundance including “The Guard,” “Higher Ground” and “Take Shelter.”