OC Weekly - Review of "Last of The Natives" // "With a message planted in the conscious lyrics of late 1980s New York hip-hop and beats stuck firmly in diverse-as-hell Long Beach, The Natives is The International City's contemporary answer to groups like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.
Though The Natives' new album--Last of The Natives, out today on Porch Party Records--doesn't even begin to touch the original Native Tongue Posse's timeless knack for layered sampling (nor is there a chorus on the whole thing), it still follows DNA strands through two generations of musical evolution, giving Afrofuturism a lyrical update over splayed out electronic beach beats that could only be rap fodder for SoCal kids.
Across nine original tracks (four songs on the album are actually audio samples from movies that drop some heavy sociological thoughts into the mix) the duo of DJ Gerrath McDaniels and MC Nativethoughts (aka Senay Kenfe) create a new world order of conscious hip hop, one that eschews constant jazz samples, overproduction and speed-demon flows for a more laid back--Long Beach--approach to dissecting race, class and pop culture in our modern world." -Sarah Bennett, OC Weekly
LA RECORD - Music Video Premiere for "Judas/Aurora" // "Take a street-level tour of Long Beach as directed by Jacob Gray, with rapper Nativethoughts (a.k.a. Senay Kenfe), DJ Gerrath McDaniel and many more local notables, all soundtracked by the jazzy 'Judas' and the storming 'Aurora.'"
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