The Native Tongues movement of the late ’80s and early ’90s was an exciting time for hip-hop, a new infusion of eccentric (and Afrocentric!) ideas that helped evolve rap toward the positive and the abstract. Now the Abstract himself, Q-Tip, is in the works to produce a TV show about the era with help from The Wolf Of Wall Street costars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Deadline reports that DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way is producing the project, and no writer is attached yet. The drama is expected to draw on Q-Tip’s experiences with A Tribe Called Quest and other Native Tongues groups such as De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers. Explains Deadline, “The show will reflect on the stories of their friendship and how their music played a part in culture then and influenced the music of today.” No other details have surfaced for now, but what are the chances this show isn’t called Beats, Rhymes, And Life? I, for one, look forward to the episode where Tribe learns industry rule #4,080.

In other Q-Tip news, he says he’s co-producing the next Kanye West album with Rick Rubin.

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  1. Episode 1:

    Q Tip dials up Ali up to see what was going down
    Tells him he’ll pick him up so they can drive around
    They take the Dodge Dart, a ’74
    His mother left a yard but he needed one more
    Shaheed had him covered with a hundred greenbacks
    So they left Brooklyn and they made big tracks
    They drove down the Belt, got on the Conduit
    Came to a toll, they paid and went through it
    They Had no destination, they were on a quest
    Ali laid in the back so he could get rest.
    They drove down the road for two-days-and-a-half
    The sun had just risen on a dusty path
    Just then a figure had caught their eye
    A man with a sombrero who was four feet high
    They pulled over to ask were we was at
    His index finger he tipped up his hat
    “El Segundo,” he said, “my name is Pedro
    If you need directions, I’ll tell you pronto”

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