Straight Out The Jungle (LP)

Jungle Brothers

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Amoeba Review

BillyJam 05/26/2014

The debut from the Jungle Brothers was totally ahead of its time. It presented a rich tapestry of innovative hip-hop styles and ushered in the start of the Native Tongues movement, as well as helped shape hip-hop's burgeoning Afrocentric movement. However the JBs (as the Jungle Brothers were often known) didn't manage to make quite the same impact, particularly commercially, as their Native Tongues brethren A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, who both arrived on the scene after them. In fact it was on Straight Out The Jungle where many hip-hop fans heard a (still teenaged) Q-Tip for the very first time. Perhaps the lack of proper recognition for this album was because they were just too diverse and adventurous musically, or that they weren't as consistently powerful lyrically as the other Native Tongue ensembles. Hailing from New York and comprised of DJ Sammy B, and emcees Mike Gee and Afrika Baby Bam the JBs delivered Afrocentric-rooted, uplifting socioeconomic, political commentary that was polar (and coastal) opposite of the simultaneously new gangsta rap movement led by LA's NWA. It was also a marked departure from the gold-chain era of hip-hop and hence distinctly part of the new "golden age" of hip-hop. In addition to its full-on Afrocentric mode Straight Out The Jungle broke new ground on many levels, including being the first hip-hop album (as distinct from Chicago hip-house) to meld house music with hip-hop (the Todd Terry collaboration "I'll House You") which was something that thereafter became a frequent additon to hip-hop albums for a few years. The album was also adventurous enough to include a track built almost entirely around sound samples of jungle animals, plus drums, chants, and scratches ("Sounds Of The Safari").

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