Blog post 2
Today I’m going to talk about 80s/90s hip-hop.
One of my all time favorite rap collectives is Native Tongues. They are comprised of a few rap groups including: A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Black Sheep; and the solo MCs: Monie Love, Queen Latifah(yes the actress from Bring the House Down and Girls Trip), Chi-Ali. Out of all of these artists De La Soul(or De La) and A Tribe Called Quest(or A Tribe) are my personal favorites.
Before I discovered Native Tongues my perception of rap and hip-hop music was quite negative. Because my only exposure to rap/hip-hop was gangster rap and songs about sex, drugs, and money I didn’t really think that the whole genre was for me. However that is not the case. Native Tongues was established as a collective that was all about black love and having fun.
Another popular collective of MCs is Wu-Tang Clan. Wu-Tang is comprised of 9 members 8 of which are from the original 9. The members of Wu-Tang Clan are as follows: RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (who passed away in 2004), GZA, Masta Killa, U-God, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Cappadonna (since 2007). They, similar to Native Tongues, are also from New York. What made them ground breaking is the fact that there were so many of them. Sure there are more than 9 members of Native tongues but it more functions as multiple groups that work on producing music together every once in a while. The Clan will sometimes put all 9 members on a track and give them each a verse. All of their members are such good lyricists they all have a successful solo career separate from their time with the Clan.
Favorites From The Greats
Me Myself and I by De La Soul
Space Program by A Tribe Called Quest
Protect Ya Neck by Wu-Tang Clan
Ladies First by Queen Latifah ft Monie Love
Triumph by Wu-Tang Clan
The Choice is Yours by Black Sheep
U.N.I.T.Y by Queen Latifah
Tupac Shakur was originally a protest rapper(ie a rapper that uses their music to advocate for social change) before he went to prison. He got his start through Digital Underground, but when he was finally released from prison because of his new producer Suge Knight he switched to gangster rap. I can definitely tell the difference in his sound but can you?
1)Wassup Wit the Luv(pre solo career when he worked with Digital Underground)
2)Dear Mama(Pre-prison and one of the 3 female anthems that 2Pac wrote)
3)Hit ‘Em Up(Post prison and one of the infamous Pac vs. Biggie diss tracks)