Posts Tagged ‘Chi-Ali’

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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Trugoy The Dove – Roadrunner

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Well, first of all thanks to Roy Johnson for discovering this track.

Second, in case you missed it in Roy’s De La Soul Is Dead Ear Rarities post from our Native Tongue Month, here it is now.

Track came out of Stretch & Bobbito rarities tape. We don’t know exact story behind this, but since Trugoy is credited with writing the lyrics to the song, we can safely assume he recorded this as a reference vocal track for Chi-Ali.


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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!

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

Video: Chi Ali Mini Documentary

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Thanks to diggy64 at the T.R.O.Y. forum for pulling our coats to this and thanks to Fredro Espi for shooting and sharing this on youtube:

“..but me, I’m a G with no colors attached and if I had to pick a color, then my color is black…”
Chi-Ali is scheduled to be released in 2 years. I’m glad to see they haven’t yet eliminated the college program in Sing Sing like they have in many prisons and jails across the country. I commend Chi Ali on doing what right he can while confined and I wish him a prosperous future when he gets home.

The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: Funk-O-Rama V4

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Installment number 4, more to come. Stay tunned.
** dirt_dog on the covers


01. Main Source – Fakin’ The Funk
02. Chi-Ali – Funky Lemonade
03. Casual – Follow The Funk
04. WC And The Maad Circle – Get Up On That Funk
05. Cypress Hill – The Phuncky Feel One
06. Godfather Don – Ill Funk Freaker
07. Heavy D & The Boyz – Chunky But Funky (Remix)
08. Digital Underground – Nuttin’ Nis Funky
09. Big 50 – Funk Flow
10. Funky Trend – Funky Commercial Break
11. Funkdoobiest – The Funkiest
12. Whodini – Five Minutes Of Funk

The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: Funk-O-Rama V2

Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Like the volume one, volume two has the pretty much same concept.
We hope you will like it.
Thanks to dirt_dog for the covers.

01. X-Clan – Funkin’ Lesson
02. Nice & Smooth – Funky For You
03. Funkdoobiest – XXX Funk
04. Lord Finesse – Return Of The Funkyman (Remix)
05. Chi-Ali – Funky Lemonade (Remix)
06. Too Poetic – God Made Me Funky (Remix)
07. Spliff – Freak Da Funk
08. Madd Hatta – Trunk-O-Funk
09. Redman – Down South Funk
10. Low Profile – Funky Song (Remix)
11. Rascalz – Funky Needs
12. Son Of Noise – Funk Meets Son Of Noise

Chi-Ali – The Youngest Native Tonguer

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Chi-Ali Griffith. I think everyone already knows the story behind this guy, but let’s recapitulate it once more, in short notes.

Chi-Ali started rapping around age 12-13. He has made his first appearance in The Apollo club in London, together with Queen Latifah and Jungle Brothers. He jumped in after Afrika from the Jungle Brothers missed his flight to London. He also said that he had wrote around 40% of his first and only album and the rest had been done by Dres, De La Soul, Q-tip and Phife and of course The Beatnuts who were involved in the production of the album as well.
In the interviews which you can see if you scroll down the whole page, Chi-Ali talks about those days and about the time after he has commited that famous murder in 2000.

Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A # (1992)

A1 Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A #

A2 Maniac Psycho
B2 Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A # (Instrumental)


Let The Horns Blow / Funky Lemonade (1992)

A1 Let The Horns Blow
A2 Let The Horns Blow (Instrumental)
B1 Funky Lemonade (Remix)
B2 Funky Lemonade (Remix Instrumental)


*This version of Let The Horns Blow is without Fashion’s verse, but with Chi-Ali’s new verse and new, matured voice.

Roadrunner (1992)

A1 Roadrunner (LP Version)
A2 Roadrunner (Puberty Mix)
B1 Roadrunner (Puberty Instrumental)
B2 The Fabulous Chi

Funky Lemonade (Promo, 1992)

A1 Funky Lemonade (Radio Edit)
B1 Funky Lemonade (Instrumental)

Chi-Ali – Funky Lemonade (Remix) in better quality than vinyl rip

Check also Roadrunner version with Dove rapping. Thanks to Roy Johnson.
My guessing about this would be that Dove probably wanted to show to Chi-Ali how to rap and flow over that beat.

Dove – Roadrunner

Chi-Ali’s interviews from the correction facility

— Markshot

Fifty RemixesYou Need To Hear (31-40)

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Well, we’re moving right along through the list and we here at T.R.O.Y. hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard thus far.  If you’ve just arrived check out Selections 1-10, Selections 11-20, and Selections 21-30, and then devour today’s picks. 

31. Ice Cube “What Can I Do?” (Ali Shaheed Eastside Remix)

32. Masta Ace “Saturday Night Live” (L.A. Jay Remix)
33. Nas ft. Sadat X. “One Love” (One L Main Mix)

The Groove Merchantz, a team consisting of Godfather Don and V.I.C. enlist Brand Nubian member Sadat X to help give this personal ode to fam locked up an even more intimate vibe. The drums remain, but in comes the horns that help to recreate the track. And while the original hook sported by Q-Tip was soothing, this one is more conspicuous and catchy.

34. Hard 2 Obtain “Ghetto Diamond” (Remix)
35. Ultramagnetic MCs “Saga Of Dandy, The Devil, And Day” (Remix)
The original’s slow, plodding beat never sounded quite right combined with the raps by Kool Keith and Ced Gee. The drums have been brought forward and the awkwardly placed trumpet has been wisely moved to the background, creating a much more aurally pleasing sound and really letting you concentrate on the lyrics.
36. Kurious “I’m Kurious” (Pete Nice Remix)
While the infectious “Mysterious Vibes” sample is always appreciated, Pete Nice decided to give “I’m Kurious” some more bap for it’s boom. The lyrics may be the same, but the track certainly isn’t.
37. Souls Of Mischief “Never No More” (76 Seville Mix)
38. Compton’s Most Wanted “Def Wish II” (DJ Premiere Remix)
It’s bad enough MC Eiht got at DJ Quik, but to add insult to injury DJ Premier remixed possibly the best Def Wish track out of the series and made the DJ Slip verison absolutely forgettable. This was one of the first Westcoast remixes Work of Mart produced.
39. Chi-Ali “Funky Lemonade” (Beatnuts Remix)
40. Jungle Brothers ft. Q-Tip “On The Road Again” (Remix)

Download all of today’s songs here:

Tune in tomorrow for selections 41-50.

Strapped (Starring Fredro Starr) (1993)

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

For the Hip-Hop heads, this movie is for you. If you like movies like Who’s The Man where you see a lot of Hip-Hop Cameos, “Strapped” features appearances by Busta Rhymes, Das EFX, Chi-Ali, Sticky Fingaz, Monie Love, Yo-Yo, Kool Moe Dee, and Fredro Starr as the supporting character. The setting, soundtrack, and the clothes will all take you back to the 1993 New York scene.

For the Movie heads, it’s Forest Whitaker’s first directed movie. It also stars Bokeem Woodbine in his film debut. Strapped reminds me a lot to Clockers as far as the setting.

Here’s the Plot:
“Ex-con attempting to go straight runs accross serious problems. His girlfriend gets arrested for dealing crack to an undercover police officer. In a desperate attempt to get the charges dropped against his woman, he strikes deal with weapons cop(Michael Biehn) to turn in local gun dealers. However, the D.A. is not satisfied with the results, resulting in some serious game playing and double crossing.” Written by Humberto Amador

Download (2 Parts, 500MB each)
Part 1
Part 2

–Thomas V