The Native Tongue Fest - Celebrating 30 yrs of Hip Hop

Black Sheep

Members: Andres Titus PKA Dres and William McLean PKA Mista Lawnge

Black Sheep are one of the slightly lesser-known groups of the NYC-based Native Tongues Collective (of which A Tribe Called Quest, Brand Nubian, De La Soul, and Jungle Brothers were the better known member groups) The duo rapidly gained success with their 1991 debut album "A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing" on the back of a string of well-received singles: "Flavor of the Month", "Similak Child", "Strobelite Honey", and especially with the release of the remixed single "The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)". The 1994 follow-up LP, "Non-Fiction", did not fare nearly as well, partly due to a tepid critical response, but also a lack of support from the record company. It spawned the singles "Without a Doubt" and "North South East West". After that album failed to build on the momentum of the debut, the group remained relatively inactive for the rest of the decade, with exception for Dres, using the moniker Dres the Black Sheep, dropping a semi-successful solo LP entitled Sure Shot Redemption in 1999. It wasn't until 2006 they returned with their long overdue third installment entitled "8WM / Novakane". Shortly after that, Mista Lawnge left the group while Dres continues to release music under the name Black Sheep.

Brand Nubian

Hailing from New Rochelle, New York, the original members, Maxwell Dixon AKA Grand Puba, Derrick Murphy AKA Sadat X, Lorenzo DeChalus AKA Lord Jamar, and Alamo formed Brand Nubian in 1989, after Puba stepped away from his former group, Masters Of Ceremony (2). They signed to Elektra and released the breakthrough album "One for All", most remembered for the sampling of Edie Brickell's 'What I Am' in 'Slow Down'.


Leaders of the New School

Elektra-signed early 90s US hip-hop group best known for launching the career of Busta Rhymes.
The group consisted of rappers Charlie Brown, Dinco D and Busta alongside DJ Cut Monitor Milo. They released two albums before splitting in the mid-90s.


One of the most bizarre, funny and at the same time skillful hip-hop acts ever, Brooklyn-based Fu-Schnickens came up in 1992 with their highly acclaimed debut "F.U.: Don't Take It Personal", containing the all-time classics "True Fuschnick", "Movie Scene" and "La Schmoove".
In 1993 Poc-Fu, Moc-Fu and Chip-Fu had a Top-40-entry with their single "What's Up Doc ?", featuring the NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, but their following album "Nervous Breakdown" (1994) failed and thus they silently disappeared again from the hiphop scene.

Da Bush Babees

American underground hip-hop group founded in 1992 in Brooklyn, NY.

The Beatnuts

The Beatnuts are a New York-based hip hop group and production duo from Queens, New York City. Its current members are JuJu and Psycho Les. JuJu (born Jerry Tineo on December 4, 1968) is Dominican American from Corona and Psycho Les (born Lester Fernandez on April 10, 1970) is a Colombian American from Jackson Heights. The Beatnuts are the only Latino members of the Native Tongues collective. Although only peripheral members, they are routinely acknowledged by Q-Tip. The Beatnuts were originally a trio before Kool Fashion, now known as Al' Tariq born (Berntony Smalls on January 13, 1970), left the group to start a solo career. The Mighty V.I.C. (Groove Merchantz, Ghetto Pros) was also a member of The Beatnuts' production team for a while.

The Beatnuts Production Credits:

Al’ Tariq
MC Lyte
Mos Def
Fat Joe
DJ Honda
Mad Skillz
Stereo MC’s
Chino XL
Non Phixion
Masta Ace
Naughty By Nature
Pete Nice
Supreme NTM
Da Youngsta’s
Bas Blasta
Down South
Kid N Play
The Madd Rapper
Prince Paul
Da Lench Mob
No I.D.
Mondo Grosso
Shinji Takeda



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