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Straight Out the Jungle [Special Edition]
0. DISC 1:
1. Straight Out the Jungle
2. What's Going On
3. Black Is Black
5. I'm Gonna Do You
6. I'll House You
7. On the Run
8. Behind the Bush
9. Because I Got It Like That
10. Braggin & Boastin
11. Sounds of the Safari
12. Promo, The
13. Ultimatum Ultramix
14. In Time
15. Straight Out the Jungle [Jungle Remix] - (remix)
16. Sounds of Safari [Remix] - (remix)
17. Dub Out the Jungle
18. Jimbrowski [A Cappella]
0. DISC 2:
1. Straight Out the Jungle [Instrumental]
2. Black Is Black [Instrumental]
3. Show Beat 1
4. Because I Got It Like That [Instrumental]
5. Braggin and Boastin [Instrumental]
6. Show Beat 2
7. Show Cuts
8. Promo [Instrumental], The
9. Jimbrowski [Instrumental]
10. Behind the Bush [Instrumental]
11. Jungle Bass [Instrumental]
12. Ultimatum Ultramix [Instrumental]
13. On the Run [Instrumental]
14. Jimmy's Bonus Beats [Instrumental]
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TEG-76535
Jungle Brothers: Afrika Baby Bambaataa, Mike G. (vocals); Sammy B. (DJ).
Additional personnel: Q-Tip (vocals); Sweet Daddy (scratches).
Recorded at T.T.O. Studios, New York, New York.
All songs written by The Jungle Brothers.
Personnel: Sweet Daddy "Sammy B" (scratches).
Liner Note Authors: Brian Coleman ; Mike G.; Afrika Babybam.
Recording information: T.T.O. Studios, New York,.
Photographer: Ken Kaufman.
Arrangers: Tony D.; The Grand Wizard Oswald; Jungle Brothers.
Although outdistanced in popularity and sales by contemporaries and kindred spirits De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest, the Jungle Brothers were equally important in ushering in a bold, innovative new movement in hip-hop. In an era when rap's early pioneers were fading and gangsta rap had yet to leave the getto full force, the Jungle Brothers helped establish the Native Tongues collective and, subsequently, a style of hip-hop that would come to define the Golden Age. Cuts like "Jimbrowski" and the title track are classics and perfectly illustrate the Jbeez's mix of jazz-inflected grooves, politically conscious lyrics, Afrocentricity, and a keen sense of fun.
An independent release (on a dance label no less), STRAIGHT OUT THE JUNGLE suffered a bit from lack of exposure, and its lo-fi production has, unfortunately, worked against the album over time. But none of this should dull the impact of the strides made here. The JBeez's were among the first to use jazz samples, James Brown riffs, club beats (see "I'll House You"), and other elements that later became common currency in the genre, to say nothing of their dexterous and highly intelligent wordplay. This is a landmark album in the development of rap music, and an undeniable, drop-everything must for any self-respecting hip-hop fan.
NME (Magazine) (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #38 in NME's list of The 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.
Record Collector (magazine) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[They] threw world music and jazzier grooves into their sampledelic mix, pioneering a more laidback vocal and wandering style which was lighter and less aggressive than their contemporaries..."
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