Editors' pick

Versus Series: Native Tongues

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Editorial Review

During the golden age of hip-hop, a few forward-thinking iconoclastic hip-hop artists loosely gelled together under the mantle of the Native Tongues. The original core -- De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and The Jungle Brothers -- shared ties from junior high school and tutelage from rap luminaries like Kool DJ Red Alert. Making frequent appearances on each other's records, these groups cultivated a fun-loving family vibe epitomized in hits like "Buddy" and "Roller Skating Jam Called Saturdays." The extended Native Tongues family also included Monie Love, Queen Latifah and Black Sheep, and it molded an entire generation of hip-hop listeners. DJ 2 Tone Jones and DJ Roddy Rod rock solely from the Native Tongues catalog tonight at Almaz.

-- Rhome Anderson (July 2009)