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The Jungle Brothers’ visionary debut not only gave us "I'll House You", a hip-house track that swapped B-boy poses for jacking and voguing; it also laid the foundation for years of jazz-sampling hip-hop to come. A cornerstone of the Native Tongues tradition, the album combines socially conscious Afrocentrism, as on positive, funk-flecked tunes like "Straight Out the Jungle" and "Black Is Black", with playful puppy-love anthems like “Behind the Bush” and goofy schoolyard jokes like “Jimbrowski”. Just because the Brothers were smart doesn't mean they had to be serious.


Formed: 1986 in New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Although they predated the jazz-rap innovations of De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Digable Planets, the Jungle Brothers were never able to score with either rap fans or mainstream audiences, perhaps due to their embrace of a range of styles -- including house music, Afrocentric philosophy, a James Brown fixation, and of course, the use of jazz samples -- each of which has been the sole basis for the start-up of a rap act. Signed to a major label for 1989's Done by the Forces of Nature, the...
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