Paper Ships Presents: Beats, Rhymes, and Life - The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest



Along with a few of his high school classmates, Phife Dawg, born Malik Taylor, changed the face of hip-hop music with the acclaimed, Grammy-nominated group, A Tribe Called Quest. Their first album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, was released in 1990. The band has been honored at both the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards and the 4th VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. A Tribe Called Quest broke up in 1998, but has reunited several times.


From the unlikely beach town of Oxnard, 40 miles north of Los Angeles, the multi-dimensional Madlib quickly rose to prominence as one of the most interesting figures in late-'90s hip-hop. With his childhood buddies in the Lootpack, Madlib quickly made a name for himself as a rapper, producer, and DJ. In particular, his expansive style and deft touch for composition made him one of hip-hop's most sought-after producers. An enthusiastic crate digger, with a deep reverence for jazz and soul, Madlib branched out into a number of ambitious, engaging solo projects.

Along with DJ Romes and Wild Child, Madlib formed the Lootpack in their hometown of Oxnard. The trio made their debut on tha Alkaholiks' 21 and Over in 1993. They continued doing work for tha Alkaholiks and other artists before releasing their full-length Soundpieces: Da Antidote six years later. The album earned solid reviews but went largely unnoticed. Madlib did not, however. After hooking up with Los Angeles DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib did a lot of production for Wolf's Stones Throw label. In 1999 the label released Quasimoto's astonishing The Unseen LP. Doubling as himself and his alter ego Quasimoto, Madlib handled vocals and production duties on the album, a huge critical success.

Not resting on his laurels, Madlib followed The Unseen a year later with his Yesterday's New Quintet project. Madlib played all the instruments himself, infusing his exploration of jazz with both style and substance.

While continuing on with a massive release schedule and work load, Madlib completed a remix/reinterpretation project for Blue Note, a collaboration with Jay Dee under the Jaylib alias, a collaboration with MF Doom, produced 1/2 of fellow Lootpack member Wildchild's solo record and many other remix and producer tasks all in 2003.

With each year Madlib has continued to expand his abilities beyond the core hip hop that he is known for.

Peanut Butter Wolf

Legendary DJ and producer Peanut Butter Wolf returns to the Bay Area to showcase his influential and stylized hip-hop, a sound that helped change the face of the genre almost 20 years ago. Since the late ‘80s, as a teen in suburban San Jose, PBW has helped define the role of the DJ, elevating it from background slight of hand to the spotlight, channeling choice vinyl cuts, launching labels, and stripping away limitations on his limitless sound.

Originally teamed up with the mesmerizing MC Charizma, the two quickly gained notoriety in the press and in the clubs until the tragic and untimely passing of his partner. After a mournful hiatus, PBW began releasing skilled instrumental albums and, along with the likes of DJ Shadow, ushered in a new era of underground hip-hop. As well as producing and running label Stones Throw Records, PBW extensively tours the world and still releases material via compilations and collaborations. Based now in Los Angeles, the prolific and freewheeling performer’s irreverent edge is still a sharp and street wise sound shaking up the dance floor.


Prince Paul

Beginning his career as a DJ for Stetsasonic, rapper and producer Prince Paul has lent his skills to albums by Boogie Down Productions, Gravediggaz, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, and 3rd Bass, among others. Paul's big break came when he produced De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising album. Shattering the acknowledged rules of hip-hop production, he sampled not only funk, but all types of music to create fresh and original backing tracks. By throwing in comedy sketches as well, Prince Paul and De La Soul completely ushered in a new era for hip-hop. In 1994, Paul returned to rapping, joining RZA and Stetsasonic member Frukwan in Gravediggaz, a side project that debuted with 6 Feet Deep. He also began working with the new elite in underground rap, recruiting the Automator, New Kingdom's Scott Harding, and Spectre for his debut solo album, 1997's Psychoanalysis: What Is It? A Prince Among Thieves followed in 1999, and later that year Paul formed Handsome Boy Modeling School with the Automator to release the album So...How's Your Girl?. His own Politics of the Business, another concept album that was more bitter than biting, surfaced in 2003 (a year after a second Handsome Boy Modeling School album), and was followed by 2005's Itstrumental, as well as the archival compilation Hip Hop Gold Dust

Garth Trinidad

Garth Trinidad is known by most as host mysterioso of KCRW's Chocolate City. For 7 years he's shared a most unique of black musical visions on air, breaking artists like Jill Scott, Saul Williams, King Britt, tasting worldwide exposure with KCRW's growing internet audience []. Awards and accolades from press and peers have followed since the inception of his radio program [currently counting 70,000 listeners] and various live achievements, the most recent of which was the honor of being host and curator for an ongoing series of summer concerts at The Getty Center.


Mark McNeill, aka Frosty is the founder and operator of Dublab. Dublab is a non-profit music public broadcasting internet radio station that has been based in Los Angeles since 1999. They have also been involved with art exhibition, film projects, event production, and record release. We are proud to be working with Dublab to help produce and program our shows. Dublab will be providing their sought after DJ’s for Paper Ships on a nightly basis as well as contributing to other creative ventures with their amazing group of artists. We are excited to be working with the inspiring group of people at Dublab, and can’t wait to show what other things we will be doing with them!

Host: Michael Rapaport

Michael Rapaport is an American actor, comedian, and director.A true New Yorker through and through, Michael Rapaport, the son of a radio program manager, may have moved to Los Angeles to try stand-up comedy following high school graduation (which came after a series of expulsions), but he never lost, forgot nor deserted his roots.A guest spot on the TV series "China Beach" (1988) led to a starring role in the quirky interracial indie Zebrahead (1992), which clinched it for him. This, in turn, led to a string of standout parts in films, such as Christian Slater's pal in True Romance (1993), an edgy collegiate-turned-skinhead in Higher Learning (1995) and a sympathetic none-too-bright boxer in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995), all enabling him to build up a higher profile. His latest project has been directing and producing Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Hip-hop is a huge passion for Rapaport, and he personally financed much of the film to get things done. Rapaport will be hosting our show on July 7th.

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We are proud to announce the inaugural edition of Paper Ships. This first show is something that is really special for all of us. We decided that we could not pass up the opportunity to help celebrate one of the most influential groups of the 90's, A Tribe Called Quest. Our show will be celebrating the release of their new documentary, Beats, Rhymes, and Life, which tells the amazing story of A Tribe Called Quest. Phife from Tribe will be there, along with the director of the film, Michael Rapaport, who will host the show. We also have quite the star studded cast of artists to really blow the top  off of this one. The legendary Madlib will making a very rare LA appearance. Peanut Butter Wolf will also be in the house along with Prince Paul from De La Soul, who will be performing VJ sets. Garth Trinidad from KCRW and Frosty from Dublab will help open the night. There will be many exciting things happening at this show, and it will no doubt be something special. Tickets are available now

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