Benny Boom , the award-winning director behind over 150 music videos for the likes of P.Diddy, 50 Cent and Keyshia Cole, is lending his behind the camera expertise for the in-development documentary “Speaking in Tongues.” Boom will serve as the producer for the flick, which will tell the tale of the influential Native Tounges posse.


The New York-based collective, which featured prominent members such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and the Jungle Brothers, is best known for their innovative sound and game-changing impact on hip-hop Culture. As what came to be known as “gangsta rap” began to dominate airwaves, the Native Tounges touted Afrocentricity, Black love themes and anti-violence themed raps set over jazz samples. The posse traveled complicated topics such as race and politics while still maintaining the fun spirit of early hip-hop music that was rapidly disappearing. They also challenged the limiting parameters of Blackness, Black masculinity and what “cool” should look like.

“Speaking in Tongues” is being directed by critically acclaimed director Omar Ail, who is best known for his work on Black Wheels, a documentary that celebrates the contribution of African Americans in motorsports.

Speaking in Tongues is slated to be released at the end of 2012. To receive regular updates on the documentary, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.