Jungle Brothers are an American hip hop trio composed of Michael Small (Mike Gee), Nathaniel Hall (Afrika Baby Bam), and Sammy Burwell (DJ Sammy B). Hailed as pioneers of the fusion of jazz, hip-hop, and house music, they were the first hip-hop group to collaborate with a house-music producer. The trio released their debut album, Straight out the Jungle in July 1988. Their hip-house club hit single, "I'll House You" was added to the album in late-1988 reissues. Fostered by Kool DJ Red Alert, the Jungle Brothers' success paved the way for De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and eventually the Native Tongues collective that they founded.

Jungle Brothers
The Jungle Brothers visiting Hamburg, Germany in March 1999.
The Jungle Brothers visiting Hamburg, Germany in March 1999.
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
Genres
DiscographyJungle Brothers discography
Years active1987–present
LabelsWarlock Records
Warner Bros. Records
Gee Street/V2
Jungle Brother Records
MembersMike Gee
Sammy B
Afrika Baby Bam
Websitehttp://www.junglebrothers4life.com

History edit

The group's first album, Straight out the Jungle, was released in 1988 on Warlock Records, an independent record label.[4] Soon after they were signed by Warner Bros. Records, with whom the group released Done By the Forces of Nature in November 1989.[4] In 1990, the Jungle Brothers contributed the song "I Get a Kick" to the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue produced by the Red Hot Organization. Following a four-year break, the Jungle Brothers returned in 1993 with J Beez Wit the Remedy. Their fifth album, V.I.P. was produced by Alex Gifford of Propellerheads and, during production, they added their vocal stylings to the Propellerheads tracks "Take California (And Party)" and "You Want It Back". Their latest album to contain new releases is 2002's All That We Do.

In 2001, the group's song "What's the Five 0" was featured in the music video game FreQuency.

In 2004, the Jungle Brothers joined with British producer Mr On to produce "Breathe (Don't Stop)", a version of "Breathe and Stop" by Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, combined with a sample of Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (the idea was taken from a bootleg remix combining vocals from "Breathe and Stop" and music from "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough").

In 2005, the Jungle Brothers released a greatest hits and classic remixes and rarities double album, This Is..., which included remixes by The Wiseguys, Urban Takeover, Natural Born Chillers, and Stereo MCs.

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

References edit

  1. ^ Bush, John (n.d.). "Jungle Brothers". AllMusic. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  2. ^ O'Connor, Christopher (March 29, 2000). "Common Moves Toward a Progressive Hip-Hop". MTV News. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  3. ^ Reed, Ryan (November 10, 2022). "Psych-Rap: A Trippy History: Inside hip-hop's legacy of mind expansion, from acid-rock to A$AP Rocky". Tidal. Retrieved August 16, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 523. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.

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