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The Native Tongues Tribute (Part 1)

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Every once in a while, we hit you with a tribute that requires several hours of your time. This is one of them. The Native Tongues collective are comprised of some of the most important, most influential and some of biggest innovators hip-hop has seen. With the help and hustle of Red Alert and Chris Lighty, The Native Tongues were a force to be reckoned with. The Jungle Brothers paved the way for groups like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and Black Sheep. Prior to The Flava Unit, Queen Latifah was this crew’s Den mother. Along with her protégé Monie Love, they were both instrumental in helping the female movement in hip-hop. The Native Tongues provided plenty of classic albums, countless anthems and produced more offspring than Joe Jackson (RIP).

The Natives helped jump-start the careers of Busta Rhymes, Chi-Ali, Mos Def, J Dilla, The Beatnuts and have influenced artists like Brand Nubian, K.M.D., Common, Bush Babees, The Roots, Slum Village, Little Brother, Kanye West, Kweli, Pharrell, Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde, Roc Marciano, Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Andre 3000, Chance The Rapper and even Nas. They’ve influenced everyone. Odds are, every rapper imaginable has heard Straight Out The Jungle, De La Soul Is Dead, The Low End Theory, A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing, Buhloone Mindstate, Midnight Marauders, or Stakes Is High and possibly has several of those albums listed among their favorites, too. The Native Tongue brand was strong despite some internal conflict, growing pains and different career paths. They left an everlasting impression on hip-hop. It is our privilege to present to you The Native Tongues Tribute Part 1. You won’t find another NT tribute like this and we’re just getting started!

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The T.R.O.Y Blog Presents: This Is The Remix

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The T.R.O.Y. Blog team wishes you a Happy New Year.


Inspired by philaflava’s thread at the T.R.O.Y. forum.

Good quality rips, amazing and mostly overlooked remixes.



This Is The Remix-3

01. Beastie Boys – Sure Shot (Large Professor Remix)
02. Nine – Ova Confident (Original) [Clean With Bass Version]
03. Special Ed – Freaky Flow (Premier Remix Street Version)
04. Channel Live Mad Izm (Original Buckwild ’95 Remix) Feat. KRS-One
05. Raw Breed – Rabbit Stew (Flame Boiled Mix)
06. Mic Geronimo – Hemmin Heads (Cheeba Mix)
07. King Tee – Black Togetha Again (Marley Marl Remix)
08. Wu-Tang Clan – Method Man (Crazy C.’s Swisher Mix)
09. Live Squad – Murderahh (Replay Mix)
10. Top Quality – What (Radio Version Uncut) Feat. 3rd Eye
11. Gauge – Cranium (Remix) Feat. Cella Dwellas
12. Raw Breed – Rampage Outta Control Feat. Kool Keith, Godfather Don & Grandmaster Mel
13. PHD – Set It Part 3 (Mix Tape Remix) Feat. Havoc, Hostyle & Legacy
14. Rampage – Beware Of The Rampsack (Danger Zone Rampsack Remix) (Radio Edit)
15. Sham & The Professor – So-Low-Ist (The Kenny Dope Remix)
16. Motion Man – Mo’ Like Flows On (12inch Mix)
17. The Whooliganz – Put Your Handz Up (QDIII Remix)
18. Masta Ace Inc. – Saturday Night Live (L.A. Jay Remix)
19. A Lighter Shade Of Brown – Spill The Wine (Muggs Wine Mix)
20. Black Sheep – Try Counting Sheep (Caveman Funky Organ 7inch)
21. Funkdoobiest – Dedicated (Funkmaster Flex Mix)
22. Red Hot Lover Tone – Give It Up (Diamond D Remix)
23. Digital Underground – The Return Of The Crazy One (Lean Butter-Bean Remix)
24. Illegal – Back In The Day (Rowdy Main Mix)
25. Punk Barbarians – Bubblin’ – R&Bubbles Mix
26. Street Poets – Skinz (Remix)
27. INI – Fakin Jax (Rude Youth Mix) Feat. Mekolitious & Pete Rock
28. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix)
29. Mic Geronimo – Wherever You Are (Remix)
30. Guru – Lifesaver (DJ Premier Remix)
31. Dark Sun Riders – Time To Build (Ultra Marsalis Remix)
32. Ras Kass – Won’t Catch Me Runnin’ (Special Moet Mix)
33. Solo – Heaven (Straight Hip Hop Joint) Feat. Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard, Young Zee, The Almighty Arrogant & Rufus Blaq
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The TROY Blog Presents 100 Greatest Native Tongues Songs – MP3s

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

You wanted it, now you’re getting it! We’ve been bombarded with this request since the list dropped so without further ado here are the mp3s (+ bonuses) for you all. Remember the to best way to stay tuned into all our updates is by subscribing to our feed, which you can do by clicking here. When the links go down, you better be ready and there is no better place than T.R.O.Y.’s Skypager. The Re-Up gang is back and we’ll be sending out Skypager messages with fresh links and exclusive tracks that only Skypager members will have access to.

Click to read The TROY Blog Presents 100 Greatest Native Tongues Songs

The zip files are below (2 files), all mp3s are not tagged; however you get 105 total. Make sure you check out Complex for the entire list and spread the word.

Greatest Native Tongues Songs (Part 1)
Greatest Native Tongues Songs (Part 2)

The TROY Blog Presents 100 Greatest Native Tongues Songs (

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Click to read The TROY Blog Presents 100 Greatest Native Tongues Songs

…beyond their flamboyant presentation and bohemian sensibility, the Native Tongues were about constructing haunting, beautiful songs out of the fuzzy, bassy, scratchy, nearly forgotten remnants of virtually every black American musical tradition that ever seduced mainstream audiences. With a focus on the core members, we got the good folks from The T.R.O.Y. Blog to figure out The 100 Greatest Native Tongues Songs…

We put together this mammoth list to give new jacks a guide to the Native Tongues discography and old fans an excuse to listen to these gems again with older, wiser ears. These are songs by Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Chi-Ali, and others; can you really go wrong? March on over to and get down with our virtual, interactive (streaming audio for every entry!) tour of one of our favorite portions of hip hop history. Hint for the impatient know-it-alls: if you hover the cursor over the menu linking to every entry, you’ll be able to see the songs in advance; we’re sure as shit not listing them all here. Enjoy!

Oh and if you found our site via, welcome! Make yourself comfortable, take a look around, subscribe if you like what you see. We post reviews, articles, compilations, mixes, downloads, etc. everyday; we have quality content available for nearly every style of rap and taste that exists, from every era.

Special thanks to Dan, vaporized, 8ks, Espirando, pauserecordplay, and aleph for assisting us with the audio.  — Thun & Philaflava

Tyler The Creator (OFWGKTA), De La Soul ft. Black Sheep, The Roots, and Sonic Sum: The Wondrous Mundane

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

De La Soul Is Dead is one gray rainy day of an album, and not just because the cover art and the themes that run through the music are elegiac/morbidly funny. The songs themselves —with the exceptions of “Keepin’ The Faith” and that god-forsaken rollerskating jam— sound just as mellow and overcast as the songs on 3 Feet High and Rising sound chipper and day-glo. Of course, the somber mood found on cuts like “Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa” is to be expected given the group’s desire to distance themselves from their widely misunderstood “D.A.I.S.Y.” image. Still, I am amazed at how they effortlessly incorporate gloominess into songs that do not seem to fit this mold at first, like their bizarre take on romantic quarrels “Hey Love,” their satire on stereotypes “Afro Connections at Hi-5,” and even their assault on classless trollops “Bitties In the BK Lounge.” By rapping happily on darker tracks and disinterestedly on topical songs, and by busting out into exaggerated skit-like dialogue in the middle of verses, De La teases and confounds your expectations to sustain a tragicomic sensibility. “Fanatic Of The B Word” is more of the same, except that they are beaten at their own game by newcomer Dres, of Black Sheep fame.


Live Performance Videos Pt. 1

Friday, September 17th, 2010
“One of the great things about rap groups that were actually signed to major or semi-major labels is that they were occasionally given a chance to prove themselves as live artists”.
Well that is a quoted sentence our former blogger Thun wrote in the thread made by himself on T.R.O.Y. forum, reminding us of how great these live act are.
Thanks to konaube, tomekelu and especially one big thanks to Edy K for ripping and sharing that awesome yo mtv raps material!

Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 15 (August ’10)

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Sorry for the delay, but I mentioned earlier this year I rather not rush this until I feel there is enough quality on these. Unfortunately, that means some of these tracks are dated by now but as a whole Volume 15 should flow nicely. Once again props to Dirt_Dog for cookin’ up some marvelous shit with the cover. He has been killing it since he took over art duties and he has some more in store as this series grows. Also I have to give a special shout out to Strategy for supplying the tags on this. As always, your feedback is appreciated. These are not mixed. There is no “DJ” skills being displayed, I’m just capturing new music in hopes of giving you all something to listen to, to talk about and to add to your iPods. I happen to think the Pharoahe track “Shine” is real dope if you eliminate the hideous hook. Peace and try to enjoy! –Philaflava

T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 15

01. Amazing Maze – My Story Is Yours feat. Lord Tariq & Wyldbunch
02. Shad – Listen
03. Blacastan – Crac House
04. Sean Price – Snow (Freestyle)
05. Oxygen – Gold Diggin’
06. Slum Village – Scheming feat. Posdnous & Phife Dawg
07. Black Sheep – Birds of A Feather feat. Q-Tip, Dove & Mike G.
08. The Roots – Radio Daze feat. Blu, P.O.R.N. & Dice Raw
09. Pharoahe Monch – Shine (prod. Diamond D)
10. Nas – Hey Young World
11. Elis – Ova Der Hedz feat. Legin
12. Remarkable Mayor – Raw Banger
13. Capone-N-Noreaga – Dutches, Phillies & Bamboo feat. Raekwon
14. Big Shug – Spit Six (prod. DJ Premier)
15. Bun B – Let ‘Em Know (prod. DJ Premier)
16. Rick Ross – Knife Fight feat. Kool G. Rap
17. Reef The Lost Cauze – Three Greats feat. R.A. The Rugged Man & Kool G. Rap

Black Sheep – Birds of a Feather ft. Q-Tip, Dove, Mike G

Friday, May 28th, 2010

In the late 80s and early 90s, the loosely affiliated Native Tongues crew brought a playful bohemian warmth to hip-hop, helping to expand the genre’s boundaries. And now Black Sheep leader Dres has reunited luminaries from four principal Native Tongues groups (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, and Black Sheep) for the Black Sheep single “Birds of a Feather.”

Tribe’s Q-Tip, De La’s Dave, and the Jungle Brothers’ Mike Gee all appear on the track, which is from Black Sheep’s forthcoming album From the Black Pool of Genius, due June 29.

Download – Birds of A Feather

Shouts to Pitchfork for this.

Saturday Night Jams

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

I’m a child of rap’s middle school and middle ground. Compared to some of the other contributors to this blog, I’m practically a teeny-bopper. I’ve owned about three crates of vinyl in my life (all purchased between ’97 and ’01) and 95% of my hip-hop listening consists of Native Tongue, Wu-Tang, Boot Camp Clik, Hit Squad, and DITC. This is bad because I always feel like an imposter claiming critical expertise when there is so much freakin’ “underground” vinyl only stuff from the 90s that half the world (particularly Scandinavia) seems to be up on. But this is good because I frequently stumble upon things I didn’t know existed.

Today, thanks to the good ol’ T.R.O.Y. Forum, I discovered the following two songs which I feel entirely comfortable playing on repeat loop all goddamned night long if I so please:
Grand Puba “Hip Hop” (from Echo’s Underground Airplay: Volume IV”
Okay, I KNOW that I had this tape but I only vaguely remember hearing the song. I must’ve liked it, right? Ah, thirty may be the new twenty but you can’t revive brain cells, eh? In any event, this is classic Grand Puba comical punchline and smooth flow here, striking the perfect sonic and thematic balance between Guess n’ Lo crisp flyness and goretex tough. Blast this in a jeep and if you don’t have a jeep, just sip on E&J until you’re too faded to remember what year it is.
Tung Twista ft. Dres “React With A Mic” (from Resurrection, 1994 – nope not that Resurrection from 1994 by a Chicago artist, but a different one)
OMG TWISTA BEFORE HE DROPPED THE TUNG RHYMING WITH BIG WORDS BLAH BLAH YADDA YADDA. Save it, Chi-town fanatics, this song is only worth a listen because Dres is on it in top form, ripping high speed flows that make young Twista sound like a souped up apprentice in comparison. Note to rappers: once you have flow, you need some fucking lyrics. This jam is super disgusting raw. Get with the program.
There’s gems aplenty at the forum, so stop sleeping.
— Thun

Classic Imaginary EP: Black Sheep’s Non Fiction Abridged

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

I am adamant in my claim that Dres stood ably amongst the very best to do it circa ’91. On the microphone he was just as smooth as Grand Puba, as witty as BDK, as distinctive as any of his Native Tongue Brethren and undeniably a virtuoso with the flow. He never appeared on a posse cut where he didn’t steal the show and I dare any rap nerd to make a claim to the contrary. He murdered “Roll Wit Tha Flava,” killed shit on “Let The Horns Blow,” and beasted some cut from Fu-Schnickens’ first album that nobody remembers, just to name a few. His rapping was trancendent even when backed by a tepid funk band like Brand New Heavies or shoehorned onto an insipid Vanessa Williams single. Mista Lawnge’s deep crates production fit the raps so perfectly that the expectations for the duo’s second album were probably unreasonably high.

Non-Fiction was either ignored by those who thought of Black Sheep as one hit wonders or panned by those who wanted them to recreate A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing. Both responses are extreme. “The Choice Is Yours” is catchy, but only because Black Sheep convinced you – it’s as unlikely a hit as any and yet has somehow avoided wearing out its welcome. Their debut album was a strange flower in the late 80s/early 90s meadow of tolerated absurdity. It would have been laughed out of existence had they attempted to release it in 1994, by which time screwfaces and camo had supplanted goofy grins and day-glo. They had to bend with the wind to some extent, especially after such a long break between albums.

Admittedly, their attempts to ingratiate themselves into the whole D.I.T.C. uptown aesthetic felt a bit forced, and Mista Lawnge’s increased mic time was a horrific error of judgement. Some of the songs on Non-Fiction are admittedly wack, almost to the point of being embarrassing. “North South East West” is the kind of pandering drivel that had to have been inspired by the pressure of trying to recoup some rent money from a shady contract. But amidst a little detritus there are genuine jewels. Dusty, hardcore, jazzy, dare I say sophisticated songs.

“Autobiographical” has literally no equal. Almost all life writing in rap winds up melodramatic, self-indulgent, solipsistic or just corny, but this song is just … on another level altogether. “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar” is pure debonair Harlem Nights flamboyance. “Freak Freak Ya’ll” has the kind of stream of consciousness that good rappers gave up on years ago, for reasons I’ll never fathom. “Me & My Brother” and “Peace To The Niggas” extol brotherhood and unity over bassy beats without sacrificing cool. Throw in some great remixes to the anemic singles “Without A Doubt” and “North South East West” and you have yourself one hell of a seven track EP. Sit back, enjoy, and pulverize your prior misconceptions.

1. Autobiographical
2. B.B.S.
3. Freak Freak Ya’ll
4. Me & My Brother
5. Peace To The Niggas
6. Without A Doubt (Lawnge’s Mix)
7. North South East West (Buckwild Remix)

Let us know what you think!

— Thun