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Album Review

The follow-up to their groundbreaking debut, Done By the Forces of Nature is the point where the Jungle Brothers' production catches up to their musical ambition. There's still a ruddy, lo-fi edge to the record, but the samples are more abundant and intricately woven, and there's an altogether fuller sound that gives the group a greater presence. Moreover, the group's non-musical ideas come into greater focus as well. The Native Tongues' Afrocentric philosophy gets a more extensive airing here than on the debut, filling the record with positive consciousness-raising, both cultural ("Acknowledge Your Own History," "Black Woman," "Beyond This World") and spiritual (the title cut, "In Dayz 2 Come"); there are even the occasional lyrical asides concerning good dietary habits. All of this makes Done by the Forces of Nature one of the most intellectual hip-hop albums released up to that point, but as before, the group tempered their cerebral bent with a healthy sense of humor and fun. Thanks to the improved production, the J.Beez are able to take it to the dancefloor better than ever before, and toss in some pure, good-time, booty-shaking grooves in the hits "What U Waitin' For" and "U Make Me Sweat." There's also "Belly Dancin' Dina," a narrative that echoes the playful come-ons of the debut, and proves that progressive thinking and respect for women don't necessarily have to cool the libido. Late in the album, the posse cut "Doin' Our Own Dang" offers the chance to hear most of the Native Tongues — Tribe, De La, and Latifah — dropping rhymes all in one place. Through it all, the J.Beez construct an eclectic musical backdrop borrowed from jazz, early R&B, funk, African music, and more. Even if Straight out the Jungle was the historical landmark, Done by the Forces of Nature feels more realized in many respects, and is arguably the more satisfying listen.

Customer Reviews

Top 10 Rap Albums of All Time !!!

When this came out the Jungle Brothers were one the most critically acclaimed rap groups at the time... Jungles Brothers, De La Soul, and Tribe Called Quest all hung out together and as a group produced some of the best, timeless hip hop in history. This album really holds up after all these years, intelligent, artistic, and great organic production. DON'T MISS THIS !!

Native Tongues

Wow....Taking me back.....This brown brother always connected with my black brothers, Love this album!!! Monie Love, really....laughing my azz off! What happenned to Chi-Ali...anybody know what I'm talking 'bout? BTW: Got everything ( I mean everything) ever dropped by
De La Soul, Tribe and all dem fools !!!


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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