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Straight out the Jungle is the debut album from hip hop group Jungle Brothers. The album marked the beginning of the Native Tongues collective, which later featured popular artists such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and Black Sheep. The album's masters interestingly have a lower quality to other hip-hop albums of its kind, compared to the singles.

Straight out the Jungle
Studio album by Jungle Brothers
Released November 8, 1988[1]
Recorded 1987–1988
Genre Golden age hip hop
Label Idlers/Warlock Records
Producer Jungle Brothers, Todd Terry, Q-Tip
Jungle Brothers chronology
Straight out the Jungle
Done by the Forces of Nature
(1989)Done by the Forces of Nature1989

The single "I'll House You", added to the album in late-1988 reissues,[2] is known as the first non-Chicago hip-house record to be a sufficiently big club hit, to drastically change how the hip-hop and dance-music industries work.[citation needed] "The Promo" was added when the album was released on compact disc, in 1990.



Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music      [4]
The Philadelphia Inquirer     [5]
Record Collector      [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide      [7]
The Source 5/5[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 9/10[9]
The Village Voice A−[10]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[11]

The album received a perfect 5-of-five rating from Allmusic and The Source Magazine.

Track listingEdit

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Straight out the Jungle" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
2 "What's Going On" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
3 "Black is Black" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee, Q-Tip
4 "Jimbrowski" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
5 "I'm Gonna Do You" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
6 "I'll House You" Todd Terry (uncredited) Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
7 "On the Run" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
8 "Behind the Bush" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
9 "Because I Got it Like That" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
10 "Braggin' & Boastin'" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
11 "Sounds of the Safari" Jungle Brothers *Instrumental*
12 "Jimmy's Bonus Beat" Jungle Brothers *Instrumental*
13 "The Promo" Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip (uncredited) Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee, Q-Tip


  • Dick Charles – Mastering
  • Tony D. – Arranger
  • Andre Debourg – Engineer
  • Andrew "The Record Lord" DeBourg – Engineer
  • DJ Red Alert – Engineer, Mixing
  • The Grand Wizard Oswald – Arranger
  • Pam Hall – Composer
  • Jungle Brothers – Arranger, Composer, Producer
  • Ken Kaufman – Photography, Cover Design
  • Michael Small – Composer[citation needed]
  • Sweet Daddy – Scratching[12]




Chart (1988) Peak
Billboard Top R&B Albums 39


Year Song Chart Peak
1989 "I'll House You" Billboard Hot Rap Singles 16
Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 28

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Hip-Hop's Greatest Year: Fifteen Albums That Made Rap Explode",, February 12, 2008. Retrieved on July 27, 2008.
  2. ^ "Discogs:Straight out the Jungle:Idlers:WAR-2704", Discogs, retrieved 2013-07-31
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Straight Out the Jungle – Jungle Brothers". AllMusic. Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  5. ^ Tucker, Ken (September 29, 1988). "Jungle Brothers: Straight Out of the Jungle (Warlock)". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  6. ^ Draper, Jason (November 2010). "Jungle Brothers – Straight Out The Jungle". Record Collector (381). Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ Relic, Peter (2004). "Jungle Brothers". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 444–45. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ The Source (150). March 2002. 
  9. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 27, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source. New York (#100). January 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved November 24, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Discogs:Straight out the Jungle:Gee Street:GEEA 001", Discogs, retrieved 2013-07-31