From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Jungle Brothers are an American hip hop/jungle group who pioneered the fusion of jazz and hip-hop/early jungle dnb and also became the first hip-hop group to use a house-music producer. They began performing in the mid-1980s and released their first album, Straight Out the Jungle, in 1988 (see 1988 in music). With Afrocentric lyrics and innovative beats, the Jungle Brothers were critically acclaimed and soon joined the influential Native Tongues Posse. The trio is comprised of Michael Small (Mike Gee), Nathaniel Hall (Afrika Baby Bam) and Sammy Burwell (DJ Sammy B). Sammy B left the group after the group released Raw Deluxe.
Their first album, "Straight Out the Jungle", was released on an independent label and featured a hip-hop/house collaboration "I'll House You" produced by Todd Terry. In spite of the commercial failure of Straight Out the Jungle, Warner Bros. Records soon signed the group and released Done By the Forces of Nature in 1989 (see 1989 in music). The album was a critical smash at the time, though it has since been largely ignored by hip-hop critics at the expense of the similarly acclaimed fusion of funk and rap 3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul, released the same year. Following a four year break, the Jungle Brothers returned in 1993 with J Beez Wit the Remedy (1993 in music), another commercial disappointment. V.I.P. was produced by Alex Gifford of Propellerheads and, during production, they found time to add their vocal stylings to the Propellerheads tracks "Take California (And Party)" and "You Want It Back". Their latest album to contain any new releases is 2002's All That We Do.
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 (Don't Stop)" and music from "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough").
In 2005, the Jungle Brothers released a "greatest hits" and "classic remixes & rarities" double-CD entitled This Is..., which included remixes by The Wiseguys, Urban Takeover, Natural Born Chillers and Stereo MCs.
- 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... (2005)
- I Got You (2006)
- TBA (2008-2009)