The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

18. Black Sheep "Flavor of the Month" (1991)

Producer: Black Sheep
Album: A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
Label: Mercury/Polgyram Records

"The Choice Is Yours" is fondly remembered and appropriated for television advertisements to this day, but "Flavor of the Month" was Black Sheep's first and arguably best single. Dres updates the Native Tongues formula, combining cleverness, subtly bawdy humor, and an impossibly smooth flow into a style that is truly distinctive and still ahead of its time. Mista Lawnge establishes himself as an expert crate-digger and virtuosic producer, fusing disparate sounds from sources far removed from the usual James Brown–associated recordings so commonly plundered in years prior.

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