This coming Tuesday, February 7th at S.O.B’s on 200 Varrick Street in SoHo, the Jungle Brothers will be performing live in a reunion of Native Tongues that will include performances by De La Soul, Black Sheep, L.O.N.S, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love. Tickets for the Lower Manhattan Concert are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Now these names may feel very strange and unfamiliar to you. Understandable.
You see, before the days of Corporate-sponsored gangsta, narcotics-glorifying, and misogynistic “rap” videos and the mass consumption of Souljah Boy, Lil B, Waka Flocka, and Nicki Minaj, there was an art form known as Hip-Hop, studied and cultivated by artists such as the Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, and a Tribe Called Quest.
Stemming from the West African griot tradition brought to New York City by young Jamaican, Puerto Rican, and southern African American migrant youths in the 1970s, Hip-Hop was a channel for the political and social commentary of America’s marginalized citizens.
This Lower Manhattan concert on February 7th will be a chance for this lost channel to open back up for New Yorkers as members of Native Tongues rock the house all night.