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PPH presents Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest | How it went down

On Thursday 27 September, Permanent Plastic Helmet held our second screening event at London’s lovely Clapham Picturehouse. Following July’s packed screening of Spike Lee’s classic Do The Right Thing, we kept the vibe nice and retro with a rare showing of Michael Rapaport’s superb hip-hop doc Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (courtesy of top UK indie distributor Soda Pictures).

Here’s a photographic record of how the sold-out event went down. (All photography ©Yves Salmon)

The Clapham Picturehouse, Venn St., London

Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed and Phife Dawg next to some thug in a penguin suit

Top billing

Looking after our guests with free pizza and snacks

Ticketholders begin to gather in the bar. The classic 90s hip-hop playlist gets underway

Board illustrated by Clapham Picturehouse’s Ben Collison with Jo Calderwood

The expectant crowds assemble

Ashley Clark (aka PPH, aka the person writing all of this) checks that his mic is on. It isn’t.

The crowd (almost all of whom are awake) listen intently…

The flattering low-angle shot can only mean one thing… it’s raffle time! We had CD’s, DVDs, champagne, and a Picturehouse membership up for grabs.

The sold-out crowd continues to enjoy themselves.

The film plays…

…and everyone goes home happy, though not before heading back to the…

Drinks and more drinks

Thanks to everybody who came to what was a fantastic event with a great buzz about it. We’re busy planning our next event and you’ll be the first to know when it’s confirmed.

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PPH presents: Beats Rhymes and Life | Here’s the poster!

Now only two weeks away, our screening of Michael Rapaport’s cracking hip hop doc Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest at the Clapham Picturehouse is starting to cause some serious excitement around these parts. Join us on Thursday September 27 for the big event.

You can – and how will you live with yourself if you don’t? – book tickets by following this link. Our last event (a screening of Do The Right Thing) was a sell-out so book now to avoid disappointment.

If you’re on Facebook, you can also use our event page to tell us you’re coming. Spread the word!

Here’s a running order:

7.30 Join us in the bar for food and drink, soundtracked by classic 90s hip-hop

8.30 Intro and prize giveaway

8.45 Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest starts

10.15 More drinks in the bar!

To whet your appetite further, here’s the lovely event poster; a joint effort between Soda Pictures and designer Piccia Neri.

Beats Rhymes and Life: Midnight Marauders homage

Soda Pictures, the company behind the imminent DVD release of ace hip-hop doc Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (which we’re screening at London’s lovely Clapham Picturehouse on Thursday 27 September at 20:30) have created a special homage to the ‘Midnight Marauders’ album cover featuring faces of famous UK artists and DJs who are Tribe fans such as Zane Lowe, Roots Manuva, Reggie Yates and more (plus bonus face Childish Gambino aka comedian Donald Glover). It’s pretty cool, and it looks like this:

Re: the screening, you can, and absolutely should, buy tickets here, and you can bet we’ll be making an event out of it, with drinks and music in the bar, food, and a prize giveaway. Before you scamper off to tell all of your friends, be sure to watch the trailer:

Screening announcement: Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest @ Clapham Picturehouse, Thursday 27 Sep, 20:30

Hot on the heels of our last event – a packed screening of Spike Lee’s classic Do The Right Thing, we’re absolutely delighted to announce a rare screening of Michael Rapaport’s brilliant documentary about the hip-hop legends. The time and place? 20:30 on Thursday 27 September at south London’s lovely Clapham Picturehouse.

Best known for songs like “Bonita Applebum” and “Can I Kick It?”, and classic albums like “Midnight Marauders” and “The Low-End Theory”, the influential Queens-based group, alongside the likes of De La Soul, pioneered a jazzier, sunnier sound at a time when Gangsta rap was in the ascendancy. Their 1998 break-up shocked the industry, and this film picks up with Tribe in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country. It wasn’t all plain sailing…

This 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 won’t need to be a die-hard hip-hop head to enjoy this revealing, funny and finally very moving film. And don’t just take my word for it; the film currently holds a 91% fresh rating on aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

You can, and absolutely should, buy tickets here, and you can bet we’ll be making an event out of it, with drinks and music in the bar, food, and a prize giveaway. Before you scamper off to tell all of your friends, be sure to watch the trailer:

Permanent Plastic Helmet would like to thank the lovely people at Soda Pictures for offering us the opportunity to put this screening on.