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Native Tongues Tribute Part 2 featuring Mike G.

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

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Wrapping up the final installment of our Native Tongues Tribute, we bring you 7+ chock-full hours of classics, current jawns, remixes and even more collaborative efforts. Because a 7 hour show isn’t ideal for streaming sites, we decided to turn Episode 30 into an A side and B side. This should also help eliminate the anxiety of having to sit through an episode 7+ hours long too.

Special guest Mike G. of the Jungle Brothers stops by to share stories about DJ Red Alert, Chris Lighty’s OCD, the ultimate hip-house classic, touring the UK and Mike even sheds light on a possible NT reunion.

We damn near cover everything imaginable our 2-part 13+ hour Native Tongue Tribute. On part 2, we’ve included progression mixes for both De La and Tribe. We dig deeper in the Black Sheep and J. Beez catalog. We’ve got gems from Queen Latifah, Chi-Ali with the help of The Beatnuts and we even delve in to the solo work of Phife Dawg, Dres and Q-Tip.

Episode 30 has 121 tracks (210 total in the tribute), including a fresh DJ 360 remix for your listening pleasure. This episode should help cap off your summer and hopefully most of you will finish listening to this tribute by Labor Day. Take it in slowly or run through it like Emmitt Smith. Remember, we love adding little nuances, crazy samples, funny sound bites and little Easter eggs throughout our episodes, so listen and enjoy the sounds of Take It Personal. From all of us, we thank you for your continued support!


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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Remember KMD?

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

A common misconception seems to be who makes up the Native Tongues collective. The core isn’t as big as you think. There are affiliates like L.O.N.S., The Beatnuts, Brand Nubian and influenced groups like Black Star or Da Bush Babees too. But the NT O.G.’s were responsible for countless classics. Many of which, I’m sure make up some of your favorites. For years, every time there was new group that sounded like they influenced by the Tongues, that group was immediately heralded as the next Tribe. It happened early on with The Roots, then Slum Village and then Little Brother. We desperately wanted a group to fill that void for us, but none could match up to ATCQ. Out of all the groups I mentioned, I have always felt KMD could have carried that torch. Even though they came out around the same time and shared a label with L.O.N.S. and Brand Nu, KMD felt very much like they were from the Native Tongues school. From the lyrical content to the production, it felt very familiar. Back then, everyone was loosely affiliated. You had Prince Paul working with both De La, Latifah and 3rd Bass. You had The Beatnuts working with Pete Nice, Chi Ali, Kurious and Common. Everybody was somehow related. KMD had a short lived career, but their two albums gave every indication that they could have carried on that Native Tongues tradition. There are a lot of similarities between Q-Tip and MF Doom too. Age, personalities, reclusiveness, creativity, production and dopness.

Check out our Complex collabo where we lace you with the 100 Best Native Tongues Songs.

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

Apache – R.I.P. Jan.22.10

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Paying my tribute to one of the original Flavor Unit crew member, Apache, I compiled all of his appearances on records from 1989 to 1993 and the 12″ cuts from his 1993 solo album “Apache Ain’t Shit“. Starting out with Lakim Shabazz on 45 King’s Rhythmical Madness in 1989. Following with four appearances on the Flavor Unit album in 1990. In 1991, he’s on Naughty By Nature & Double J‘s album. In 1993, for his 12″s cuts, he receives production from A Tribe Called Quest(Q. Tip), Large Professor, and The 45 King. For his guest appearances in 1993, he’s with Fat Joe & Kool G Rap, and 2Pac(R.I.P), Treach, & The Live Squad(Stretch R.I.P). He would also write some of Latifah’s lyrics. Apache had an incredible music collection.
R.I.P. Apache Jan.22.10

01 – The 45 King & Louie Louie – Smooth Yet Hard (Feat. Lakim Shabazz, Apache) (1989)
02 – The 45 King Presents – Flavor Unit Assassination Squad (Feat. Apache, Double J, Lakim Shabazz, Lord Alibaski, Queen Latifah) (1990)
03 – The 45 King Presents – I Feel Like Flowing (Feat. Apache) (1990)
04 – The 45 King Presents – Passin’ The Mike (Feat. Lakim Shabazz, Apache) (1990)
05 – The 45 King Presents – Smooth Yet Hard (Feat. Apache) (1990)
06 – Naughty By Nature – 1,2,3 (Feat. Apache, Lakim Shabazz) (1991)
07 – Double J – Manslaughter(Feat. Apache) (1991)
08 – Apache – Do Fa Self (Prod. by The 45 King) (1993)
09 – Apache – Gangsta Bitch (Prod. by A Tribe Called Quest) (1993)
10 – Apache – Hey Girl (Prod. by Large Professor) (1993)
11 – Apache – Apache Ain’t Shit (1993)
12 – Fat Joe Da Gangsta – You Must Be Out of Your Fuckin’ Mind (Feat. Apache, Kool G Rap) (1993)
13 – 2Pac – 5 Deadly Venomz (feat. Treach Of Naughty By Nature, Apache & Live Squad) (1993)
14 – Flavor Unit – Keep It Real (Feat. Apache) (1993)
15 – Queen Latifah – Just Another Day (Bonus Track) (Written By Apache) (1993)
— Thomas V


Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

(of Organized Konfusion)

01. Intro
02. M.C. Outloud- I’ll Put A Hurten’
03. Phase & Rhythm- Hyperactive
04. Eric B & Rakim – Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em
05. Ultramagnetic MC’s- A Chorus Line
06. M.C. Tatiana- Mission To Rock (Scratches done by Paul C!)
07. G. Dane – Coolest Of The Cool
08. Phase & Rhythm- Brainfood
09. Sport G & Mastermind- live
10. Marauder & The Fury- Get Loose Mother Goose
11. Two Shades Of Black- Surrender
12. Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud-Do The James
13. Main Source- Think
14. Queen Latifah & The 45 King- A King And Queen Creation
15. Stezo- Girl Trouble
16. Disco Twins & Star Child- There It Is
17. Grand Master Caz- Casanova’s Rap
18. The Rangers- Jacks On Crack
19. Double Dose- Envious
20. Interlude
21. The Heartbeat Brothers- Bring In The Bassline
22. Mic Profesah- Cry For Freedom
23. Double Delight & DJ Slice Nice- Party Jump
24. Rappers On A Mission- S.O.L.O.
25. Princess Ivori- CrackPipe (changed it all)
26. Ultimate Choice- You Can’t Front (We Will Rock you)
27. Live N Effect Posse- I’m Getting Physical
28. Outro

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Props to DJ Kid Grebo for continuing to keep Paul’s music alive with these dope mixes.

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DJ Skipmode & The Illvibe Collective “The Best Of The Native Tongues Mixtape v1”

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

If I had any DJing abilities, this is exactly the kind of mix I’d love to make. But since I don’t, may I present to you… DJ Skipmode & The Illvibe Collective “The Best Of The Native Tongues Mixtape v1.” It’s a perfect mix from beginning to end, covering all the bases from the Native Tongues posse. The mix was labeled as 2004, but I can’t find any information about it. If you know anything about this one, please leave me a comment. And if you like to make a donation to DJ Skipmode (and get a free cd) hit him up HERE. Or if you’re in the Philly area and want to connect with The Illvibe Collective, go HERE.

Here is a brief bio about The Illvibe Collective, taken from their blog:
“Since its founding in 2000, ILLVIBE COLLECTIVE has been solidifying its eminence as Philadelphias most prolific, well-respected DJ crew. An amalgam of partyrockers and turntablists extraordinaire whose combined experience totals over a half-century, this five-man family, comprised of Statik, Panek, Phillee Blunt, Lil Dave and Skipmode, has been making an indelible mark on the Illadelph music scene, both individually and as a team. Pick your poison: dance floors, mix tapes or radio airwaves, and its guaranteed that ILLVIBE COLLECTIVE will rock em well — with their loyal, worldwide following as co-signers.”

01 Queen Latifah-Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children

02 Queen Latifah-Dance For ME
03 Monie Love-Monie In The Middle
04 Leaders Of The New School-International Zone Coaster
05 De La Soul-A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays
06 NERD-She Wants To Move (Native Tongues Remix)
07 Jungle Brothers-I’ll House You
08 Queen Latifah-Come Into My House
09 Dee Lite-Groove Is In The Heart
10 A Tribe Called Quest-Sucka Nigga
11 Common-Stolen Moments 3
12 De La Soul-Stakes Is High
13 Da Bush Babees-We Run Things
14 A Tribe Called Quest-Electric Relaxation (Remix)
15 Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip-On The Road (Remix)
16 Black Sheep-Have You U N E Pull (Remix)
17 Leaders Of The New School-What’s Next (Remix)
18 De La Soul-En Focus
19 A Tribe Called Quest-Steve Biko
20 Jungle Brothers-How You Want It We Got It
21 Black Sheep-Gimme Tha Finga
22 A Tribe Called Quest-Everything Is Fair
23 Common-Soul By The Pound
24 De La Soul feat. ATCQ, Queen Latifah & Monie Love-Buddy (Native Tongue Decision)
25 Leaders Of The New School-Case Of The PTA
26 Monie Love-It’s A Shame
27 De La Soul-I Am I Be
28 A Tribe Called Quest-Push It Along
29 Queen Latifah-Wrath Of My Madness
30 De La Soul-Afro Connections At A Hi 5
31 A Tribe Called Quest-Buggin’ Out
32 Busta Rhymes feat. Q-Tip-The Illvibe (Skipmode Remix)
33 De La Soul-Area
34 Jungle Brothers-Straight Out The Jungle
35 De La Soul feat. Jeff-Macdaddy On The Left
36 DJ Skipmode & The Illvibe Collective-Skit 5


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

You Can’t Hold Us Down

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

A1. Can’t Hold Us Down (Vocal Remix)
A2. Can’t Hold Us Down (Instrumental Remix)
A3. Can’t Hold Us Down (Acapella)
B1. Can’t Hold Us Down (Vocal Babigezus Mix)
B2. Can’t Hold Us Down (Yard Boy Mix)
B3. Can’t Hold Us Down (Instrumental)


Here’s a dope release from 1996 that features Greg Nice of Nice & Smooth. Produced by Babegezus(I don’t know who this is), Greg Nice rhymes alongside with two other emcees. The remix produced by Da Penguin(I don’t know who that is either), is definitely better than the Babigezus mix. It’s a Greg Nice anthem type of ish.

A1. So Tough (Radio Though)
A2. So Tough (Toughstrumental)
A3. So Tough (Tough A Pella)
B1. So Tough (Easy Mo Tough Mix)
B2. So Tough (Sid’ Mellow Mix)
B3. Crazy Like A Foxxx


Here is Freddie Foxxx’s 12″ release from 1994 for then-unreleased album Crazy Like A Foxxx. So Tough was released with three different mixes. The original was produced by S.I.D.(Naughty, Apache, Queen Latifah) and had a reggae vibe to it with Queen Latifah singing on the hook. Then you had the “Tough” version produced Easy Mo Bee which made it feel more rugged. The last mix & the best was remixed by S.I.D. . It gave it a more mellow sound and took away the singing by Queen Latifah. It was more radio-friendly. The last track “Crazy Like A Foxxx” is known for being a diss to Ultragmagnetic MC’s.

A1. Wunderlust (Main Mix)
B1. Wunderlust (Instrumental)
B2. Wunderlust (Acapella)


Here’s a 1996 release by Rob-O of INI. As you can see on the picture, it says “Produced By Pete Rock” but it was actually produced by the Soul Brother’s bro Grap Luva. It has the same type of vibe as any song from the “Center of Attention”. Wunderlust would also be included on Rob-O’s Rhyme Pro cd which featured all his old materials.

A1. Move It In Move It Out (Phat Mix)
A2. Move It In Move It Out (Phat Radio)
A3. Move It In Move It Out (Acapella)
B1. Move It In Move It Out (Phat Remix)
B2. Move It In Move It Out (Phat Nitty Gritty Mix)
B3. Move It In Move It Out (Phat Remix Instrumental)


This next 1997 release comes from the Derelect Camp. Move It In Move It Out is produced by Rockwilder(Redman, Busta Rhymes) when he had just started to get a little hype. But I got to say that Phat Remix wins, even though it is remixed by an unknown producer.

Thanks to T.R.O.Y. Regular Lyrical Gymnastics who blessed us with these vinyls.

–Thomas V