How many hip-hop crews can you say started a movement that's still being followed 30 years later? The Natives Tongues surely fit that description.
Yes, they established a musical movement by making left–center music that was accessible enough for the masses to fall in love with. But they also began a school thought that many rappers after them would seemingly adopt, one that celebrated individuality, Afrocentrism, and making positive moves.
Plus, one could say the Native Tongues introduced people to the MC who didn't hide behind a thug exterior and approached music like art, instead just writing rhymes.
Below we've listed 20 rappers or groups who've not only benefited from the Native Tongue sound and movement but were easily influenced by the movement as well.