Small sample from Body Rock ATX's Native Tongue Tribute party where we paid tribute to the one & only Native Tongues Family!
The Native Tongues era of hip hop (late-80s to early-90s) was the definition of fresh, the epitome of flavor, and the embodiment of fun, intelligent, feel-good music. Artists like the Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Black Sheep and Monie Love took the rough-edged NY-inspired boom-bap and spread some buttery tribal, funky, youthful love all over it.
Footage courtesy of Nomi Joy Parker (flickr.com/photos/nomijoy/). Thank You!!
At a time when hip hop was all denim, gold chains, and kangols, you saw the african prints, bright colors, leather medallions, and natural hair styles flowing freely.
Native Tongues emcees fully enriched the hip hop diet with heaping helpings of classic samples, witty lyricism, and a spicy energetic gumbo that opened doors and minds. To some at the time, the vibrations of the Native Tongue groove and sound were weird, and ‘left-field,’ but to many, they were liberating and necessary.