Thursday, 20 November 2014

From The Jungle, The Real Jungle (Afro-Centric Way Of Life): The Jungle Brothers - Straight Out The Jungle (1988)

The Jungle Brothers

Jungle Brothers were formed through the high school friendship of Nathaniel "Afrika Baby Bam" Hall and Michael "Mike G." Small. Mike brought family friend DJ Sammy B into the mix and the Jungle Brothers were born. Members: Nathaniel Hall, Michael Small, and Sammy Burwell.
Jungle Brothers are Mike Gee, Afrika Baby Bam, DJ Sammy B.

When it comes to thinking about the ‘Daisy Age’ of positive old school rap, the name De La Soul invariably pops up in people’s heads, with the group’s legendary LP ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ synonymous with the bouncy, day-glo notion of ‘hippie-hop’. Fewer seem to be acquainted with that other trio who pioneered the genre, the Jungle Brothers. Jungle Brothers pre-date De La Soul in being disputably the first hip-hop collective to heavily embrace jazz samples, filling their first record ‘Straight Out The Jungle’ with cuts from greats as diverse as The Headhunters, Grover Washington, Jr., Manu Dibango and Eddie Harris. As well as their affinity for jazz, the shear breadth of their code of reference was staggering, with post-disco oddballs Liquid Liquid, power-pop powerhouses Electric Light Orchestra and Muslim civil rights activist spiel poet Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin all struggling for prominence amid the mellow flows.
The far-out beats and rhymes of this first LP helped the trio accrue a cult following, and although sales were disappointing, Warner Bros. signed the band for sophomore effort ‘Done By The Forces of Nature’. More excitingly artistically, the three became well known enough to form a coalition of artists in thrall to the Zulu Nation hip-hop of their hero Afrika Bambaataa. Christening the collective ‘Native Tongues’, De La Soul, Queen Latifah and A Tribe Called Quest all eventually pulled rank. The major label release of ‘Done By The Forces of Nature’ was a commercial failure, but a critical success, with collaborations with the burgeoning ‘Native Tongues’ bolstering a widescreen afrocentric treatise, incorporating a panoply of samples and overseen with fresh house production. This shaking of hands between house and hip-hop still echoes today, with the commercial chart side of rap and R&B infatuated with the sounds of continental dance.


''Behind The Bush''

More importantly, the politics and black positivism of the LP never feel righteous or dominating, as the multi-cultural sampling and invigorating, funky beats offer an innocent, danceable urban naturalism more palatable than the almost militant gospel of more hardcore groups cut from the same cloth such as Public Enemy. Creating African pop with a definite sense of the New York around it, the group’s life-affirming, spiritual sound was as conscious as it was groovy, as street-wise as it was funky, and as thought-provoking as it was ass-shaking. What’s more, rifling through their samples will invite you to a whole universe of afrocentric soul, funk and R&B. Too long have they lain in the shadow of those they influenced, so check them out.

Influences: Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Marvin Gaye.
Influenced: OutKast, Mos Def, The Fugees, Jurassic 5.
Sample Lyric: ‘No matter what size shape or colour / We can jam and enjoy each other’.

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Jungle Brothers
''Straight Out The Jungle''
(LP Warlock Records, 1988)
Catalog # WAR-2704

Tracklisting & Hide Credits:
A1 Straight Out The Jungle
A2 What's Going On
A3 Black Is Black
Featuring – Q-Tip
A4 Jimbrowski
Featuring – Red Alert
A5 I'm Gonna Do You
B1 On The Run
B2 Behind The Bush
B3 Because I Got It Like That
B4 Braggin & Boastin
B5 Sounds Of The Safari
B6 Jimmy's Bonus Beat

Engineer – Andre DeBourg
Producer – Jungle Brothers
Scratches – DJ Sammy B

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Original pressing on gray Warlock label.
Barcode and Other Identifiers:
Barcode (Text): 0 26656-2704-1 3
Barcode (Scanned): 026656270413


''Black Is Black''

JB's Main Discography:
Straight out the Jungle (1988), Warlock
Done by the Forces of Nature (1989), Warner Bros.
J Beez Wit the Remedy (1993), Warner Bros.
Raw Deluxe (1997), Gee Street/V2/BMG Records
V.I.P. (2000), Gee Street/V2/BMG Records
All That We Do (2002), Jungle Brothers
You in My Hut Now (2003), XYZ
This is... (Greatest hits) (2005), Nurture Records/Groove
I Got You (2006), Pinoeer Records

Review by Steve Huey (AMG):
The landmark opening salvo from the Jungle Brothers, Straight out the Jungle was also the very first album from the Native Tongues posse, which would utterly transform hip-hop over the next few years. That alone would be enough to make it a groundbreaking release, but Straight out the Jungle also contains the musical seeds for a number of soon to be dominant trends. Their taste for jazzy horn samples helped kickstart the entire jazz-rap movement, and their concurrent James Brown fixation was one of the first to follow Eric B. & Rakim's lead. Plus, the group's groundbreaking collaboration with legendary house producer Todd Terry, "I'll House You," is also here; it paved the way for numerous hip-house hybrids that shot up the dance and pop charts over the next few years. The lyrics were often as cerebral as the music was adventurous and eclectic, appealing to the mind rather than the gut -- and the fact that rap didn't necessarily have to sound as though it were straight off the streets was fairly revelatory at the time. "Black Is Black" and the title cut are some of the first flowerings of Afrocentric hip-hop, but the group isn't always so serious; "I'm Gonna Do You," "Behind the Bush," and the sly, classic "Jimbrowski" are all playfully sexy without descending into misogyny. To modern ears, Straight out the Jungle will likely sound somewhat dated -- the raw, basement-level production is pretty rudimentary even compared to their second album, and makes the jazz-rap innovations a bit difficult to fully comprehend, plus the album ends on several throwaways. But it is possible to hear the roots of hip-hop's intellectual wing, not to mention a sense of fun and positivity that hearkened back to the music's earliest Sugar Hill days -- and that's why Straight out the Jungle ultimately holds up.

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''Because I Got It Like That''

'Bout The Re-Issue LP:
Reissue of this legendary album by the third star in the original Native Tongues trinity. Pre the first De La and Tribe LPs, and a hint of all the great stuff that was to come, you know – jazzy beats, nice rhymes, straight butter all the way through. Plus an amazing bonus track that was not originally on the first LP: "The Promo" featuring a verse from Q-Tip, his first-ever appearance on wax, a full year before the first Tribe Called Quest single. Tracks include "On the Run", "Straight Out the Jungle", "Black Is Black", "Braggin & Boastin", "Behind The Bush", "Because I Got It Like That", "I'll House You", and "Jimbrownski".
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Biography by John Bush (AMG):
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 JB's failed to connect on that album -- hailed by some as an ignored classic -- or the follow-up, J Beez Wit the Remedy.
Mike Gee (born Michael Small; Harlem, NY), DJ Sammy B (born Sammy Burwell; Harlem, NY), and Baby Bam (born Nathaniel Hall; Brooklyn, NY) came together as the Jungle Brothers in the mid-'80s and began their recording career at the dance label Idler. The result of the sessions, Straight Out the Jungle, was released in early 1988. The album's Afrocentric slant gained the Jungle Brothers entry into the Native Tongue Posse, a loose collective formed by hip-hop legend Afrikaa Bambaataa, including Queen Latifah (and, later, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest). The album's most far-out cut was "I'll House You," a collaboration with house producer Todd Terry and an early experiment in what later became known as hip-house.
Though Straight Out the Jungle had not sold in large quantities, Warner Bros. signed the trio in 1989 and released a second album, Done By the Forces of Nature, that same year. Though it was issued around the time of De La Soul's groundbreaking 3 Feet High and Rising LP and gained just as many positive reviews, the album was overlooked by most listeners. The Jungle Brothers' chances of mainstream acceptance weren't helped at all by a four-year absence after the release of Done By the Forces of Nature, inspired mostly by Warner Bros.' marketing strategies. Finally, in the summer of 1993, J Beez Wit the Remedy appeared, complete with a sizeable push from Warner Bros.; unfortunately, the large amount of promotion failed to carry the album. Obviously not learning from their earlier mistakes, Warner Bros. also delayed the release of the group's fourth album, Raw Deluxe, until mid-1997. V.I.P. followed in early 2000, and All That We Do was released in 2002.

Jungle Brothers Sounds Of Safari

''The Promo''

(Demo Short Clips - not downloadables)
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