Diggin’ in the Crates: Native Tongues

A little something inspired by the Tribe Called Quest concert I hit a couple of months back as well as an article about the Native Tongues in last month’s Vibe magazine. This crew was largely responsible for making the late 80’s & early 90’s such a classic time for hip-hop. And of course the repped that hip-house ish too. For a little history:

Ushering in a new era of hip hop that downplayed violence and sexual exploits, the New York City based Native Tongues took the rap world by storm in the late 80’s/early 90’s. The base of the group originally consisted of the Jungle Brothers, Afrika Bambaataa, and Queen Latifah, with the purpose being to perform with each other and promote one another’s projects in order to get noticed by the mainstream. They shared a common goal, and that was to spread a positive message through music without taking away the gritty realism and street logic that came with hardcore hip hop. De La Soul was the next to join the group, taking Stetsasonic producer Prince Paul and upstart teenagers A Tribe Called Quest with them. [read the rest]


  1. Wow, this looks like my playlist from back in the day, lol. I wore these out. Thanks for doing this one, I’ve been wanting to do one like it for a while but you’ve got it covered! You really really took me back…or should I say you “housed” me 😉

  2. see, waking up in the middle of the night and now i can’t go back to sleep….might as well groove while i caan. 😉

    jeeze, we could have used THIS for OSW….

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