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Local To Global: Nine Homegrown Hip-Hop Crews

By 08.07.12

Native Tongues

Members: Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Black Sheep, Chi-Ali & Monie Love

Legacy: In an era when gangsta rap catapulted into public prominence, Native Tongues provided an alternative to the hostility. Positive, but never push-overs, these quirky New York lyricists came together to push their cultural pride and open-mindedness to everyone who couldn’t relate to pistol packing and smacking females. As a result, certain fans began to expect more from their artists, the culture expanded and Hip-Hop began to settle into the different sub-genres that exist today.

Highlights: De La Soul Feat. Q-Tip, Queen Latifah, Monie Love & Jungle Brothers – “Buddy (Remix),” A Tribe Called Quest Feat. Leaders of the New School – “Scenario,” A Tribe Called Quest Feat. TruGoy – “World Tour” & Black Sheep Feat. Q-Tip, TruGoy & Mike Gee – “Birds Of A Feather.”

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