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Founding members of the Native Tongues family (which also included A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Black Sheep, L.O.N.S. and Queen Latifah among others), the Jungle Brothers were part of the first wave of "golden era" hip-hop coming out of New York in the late ‘80s. Armed with laid-back flows, imaginative production, and lyrics that fused proud Afrocentricity with a playful sense of humor, the trio of Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee, and DJ Sammy B dropped Straight Out the Jungle, their debut album, in 1988. They've managed to stay together (at least two of them) and release albums over the course of two decades, though their style changed dramatically, as they morphed into more of an electro-dance act. Nevertheless, this album remains outstanding, loaded with aging B-boy partystarters like "On the Run," "Because I Got It Like That," "I'll House You," and "Black Is Black" (featuring a young Q-Tip). Their follow-up records Done By The Forces of Nature and J. Beez Wit the Remedy are also impressive, but this one is arguably their finest hour.

Customer Reviews

classick of classics

Anyone who claims to be a hip hop head MUST have this in their collection. Always too ahaed of their time, the JB's never got the recognition that Tribe and De La (or eveb Black Sheep) did, even theough they were really the founders of the Native Toungues Tribe. Their label just never new how to market them. My faves are "Black Is Black", "On the Run", & "Because I Got it Like That". Of course, there's also "What's Going On", "I'm Gonna Do You", & the title track. It shouldn't be said that the album ends on "some throwaways", because "The Promo" (along with "Black Is Black") is the first appearance of Q-Tip. Own this right away!

Yep, the golden age...

No doubt!! The golden age of Hip-Hop indeed! The JB's (with some PR help from 98.7 kiss & DJ Red Alert) gave birth to all the others! The Tribe, Leaders of the new school, etc... I was a young one running around the halls of murry bergtraum HS and used to listen to Q-tip freestyle in the lunchroom..

Word-up Jimbrowski Gotta Get it in You

The Jungle Brothers Are More thn Dope.This is a Dope Cd!!! A am glad ITunes Has it.The Main Topic on this Cd Is Jimmy.Just make Sure JIMMY is wearing A Hat.Because You can't Truss a Big-Butt and a smile.Word-up.I Truly Mis the way Hip-Hop Use to be.Also Check-out BDP by All Means Ness.The J I M M Y It's Jimmy.Word Grafixxxlife414


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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