In celebration of their 30-year reign in hip-hop, the iconic Native Tongues collective will perform live in Washington, D.C. next month. Taking place at the newly revamped Southwest waterfront, fans of the culture will be treated to appearances by Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, Black Sheep, Brand Nubian, Chi-Ali, Leaders of the New School and The Beatnuts. De La Soul’s Maseo and A Tribe Called Quest’s Jarobi White will perform, as well as Kool DJ Red Alert, Fu-Schnickens, Da Bush Babees and other special guests. Billed as the Native Tongue Fest: Celebrating 30 Years of Hip-Hop, this epic event will go off at The Anthem DC and will be hosted by WPGC’s Poet Taylor and DJ Bee of Fresh Radio.
In addition to making history as the first time the Native Tongues crew will share the stage, the show will pay homage to individual artists who redefined hip-hop and carved their own lane, making way for the “conscious” and “alternative” rap artists that would follow. Tackling a range of topics like spirituality and Afrocentricity, these pioneers paved a new way forward at a time when intelligent lyrics and positivity seemed a bit abstract. Those of us who were lucky enough to be a part of this era will appreciate the stroll down memory lane, while the new generation should appreciate the history lesson.
Don’t sleep, grab your ticket NOW for the Native Tongue Fest on Thursday, July 18th. The show is likely to supply additional for footage the upcoming documentary Speaking in Tongues: The Legend of the Native Tongue Posse and, in addition to celebrating some of hip-hop's most influential artists, will also pay homage to those lost along the way. There will be a special DJ tribute to Phife Dawg, with a portion of the proceeds donated to The American Diabetes Association in his name. Proceeds will also go to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in honor of Violator co-founder, Chris Lighty.