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The New York-based Native Tongues Posse was a collective of late 1980s and early 1990s hip hop artists known for their positive-minded, good-natured Afrocentric lyrics, and for pioneering the use of eclectic sampling and later jazz-influenced beats. The collective was also closely tied to the Universal Zulu Nation and Flavor Unit MC’s.

Founding members:
Afrika Bambaataa
Jungle Brothers (Mike Gee, Afrika Baby Bam, and DJ Sammy B) along with DJ Red Alert

De La Soul (Posdnous, Trugoy, and Maseo) along with Prince Paul
A Tribe Called Quest (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White)

Other flagship members:
Queen Latifah
Monie Love
Black Sheep (Dres and Mista Lawnge)
Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli)
Da Bush Babees

Peripheral members:
The Beatnuts (Psycho Les, JuJu and Fashion)
Shortie No Mass, protege of Posdnuos
The Violators
Lucien Revolucien
Leaders of the New School (Charlie Brown, Dinco D, Busta Rhymes, and Cut Monitor Milo)
Gray Oakes AKA Third Degree
Truth Enola
FU-Schnickens (Chip Fu, Moc Fu, and Poc Fu)

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