Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip
“On The Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs A Ton) [Q-Tip Remix]”
On The Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs A Ton)/Simple As That [12"]
Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip — On The Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs A Ton) [Q-Tip Remix] /

Produced by Q-Tip
(1993)

Continuing with the Native Tongues theme, this week I’m featuring tracks remixed by Q-Tip for other artists.

"On The Road Again" was one of the more conventional records on the album that started life as Crazy Wisdom Masters. Q-Tip added a bit of boogie and a guest verse to the mellow original. The video mixes the album version’s vocals with The Abstract’s new beat.

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A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School
“Scenario [Young Nation Mix]”
Revised Quest For The Seasoned Traveller
A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School — Scenario [Young Nation Mix] /

Produced by Marc O. Nelson
(1991)

When you think of "Scenario" remixes, this is not the one that comes to mind, but it still rocks.

Only available on the UK 12” and the import Revised Quest For The Seasoned Traveller compilation, the Young Nation Mix gets a healthy dose of early 90s bass thump, courtesy of the Young Disciples’ Marc O. Nelson.

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De La Soul feat. Dres, A Tribe Called Quest, Lovie Brown, Bestro & Vinia Mojica
“What Yo' Life Can Truly Be”
A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays" [CD Single]
De La Soul feat. Dres, A Tribe Called Quest, Lovie Brown, Bestro & Vinia Mojica — What Yo’ Life Can Truly Be /

Produced by De La Soul
(1991)

The “A Roller Skating Jam Named ‘Saturdays’” 12” contained several re-workings of the original track, with the most intriguing being this Native Tongues free for all. “What Yo’ Life Can Truly Be” keeps the same drum track, but adds a new bass line and all new verses and guests.

The two mystery MCs are Amityville natives Lovie Brown and Bestro (Da Altered Beast). I can’t find any info on Brown, but you may recognize Bestro’s voice from Prince Paul’s Horror City group. They’re most famous for having their unreleased album tracks recycled and put to good use on Prince Among Thieves.

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A Tribe Called Quest feat. Afrika Baby Bam
“If The Papes Come”
Can I Kick It? [12"]
A Tribe Called Quest feat. Afrika Baby Bam — If The Papes Come /

Produced by A Tribe Called Quest
(1990)

This b-side has been featured on numerous A Tribe Called Quest compilations and even the Mi Vida Loca soundtrack, but it’s always the remix, which has a slightly tweaked beat and inexplicably removes Afrika’s verse. Perhaps Jive was worried his use of “shit” would ruin the group’s early ill-matching-dashiki image.

Both this track and the "Can I Kick It?" Spirit Mix gave listeners a harder hitting, bottom-heavy preview of their then-upcoming album, The Low End Theory. “If The Papes Come” used the same Lou Donaldson sample as Main Source’s "Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball", thus inspiring the remix “for our friends in A Tribe Called Quest.” Production is credited to "Hoods", which I assume is an alias for Tribe/Q-Tip.

Number of times Q-Tip mentions Ali Shaheed Muhammad by name: 4
Number of times Q-Tip mentions Phife by name: 1

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De La Soul feat. Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love & Queen Latifah
“Buddy [Native Tongue Decision]”
Buddy/Ghetto Thang [12"]
De La Soul feat. Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love & Queen Latifah — Buddy [Native Tongue Decision] /

Produced by Prince Paul
(1989)

And here is the quintessential Native Tongues posse cut. While not the first, it’s playful video and "Heartbeat" sample ensured it made the most impact. This is the only track that features vocals from all of the core members, adding Phife, Monie Love, and Queen Latifah (listen closely, she’s there) to the album version’s line up.

When people talk about “BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN HIP HOP WAS FUN, YO”, they’re most likely thinking about this record. With joints like this, "Jimbrowski", and "Bonita Applebum", the crew was well known for making songs about physical relations relatable and respectful. Not that there’s anything wrong with "Talk Like Sex".

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Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip
“Promo No. 2 (Mind Review '89)”
Beyond This World [12"]
Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip — Promo No. 2 (Mind Review ‘89) /

Produced by Jungle Brothers
(1989)

To celebrate the worldwide release of the Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, I’m featuring Native Tongues tracks for the next couple of weeks. This week is all about Native Tongue posse cuts.

"Promo No. 2" is the b-side of the first single from the Jungle Brothers’ second album, Done By The Forces Of Nature. The title is an obvious reference to "The Promo", the infamous flip side of "Straight Out The Jungle", which served as the hip-hop world’s introduction to their high school classmate, Q-Tip.

The funk-filled sequel uses the popular Booker T. & The MGs "Hip Hug-Her" as it’s base. By 1989, A Tribe Called Quest was fully formed, and the Native Tongues were just beginning to carve out their eventual legacy.

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Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip

“On The Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs A Ton) [Q-Tip Remix]”

A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School

“Scenario [Young Nation Mix]”

De La Soul feat. Dres, A Tribe Called Quest, Lovie Brown, Bestro & Vinia Mojica

“What Yo' Life Can Truly Be”

A Tribe Called Quest feat. Afrika Baby Bam

“If The Papes Come”

De La Soul feat. Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love & Queen Latifah

“Buddy [Native Tongue Decision]”

Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip

“Promo No. 2 (Mind Review '89)”

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