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.
Performance CreditsJungle Brothers Primary Artist
Sweet Daddy scratching
Technical CreditsJungle Brothers Arranger,Composer,Producer
DJ Red Alert Engineer
Pam Hall Composer
DJ Sammy B Composer
Tony D. Arranger
Andre Debourg Engineer
Grand Wizard Oswald Arranger
Ken Kaufman Cover Design
Michael Smalls Composer
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Straight Out the Jungle based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
THIS ALBUM came out when I was a junior in highschool and whenever I listen to this record it brings back fond memories of house parties, park parties, and chasing girls...Now that I listen to this album, it did reflect the times...The J.B.'s were not everybodys cup of tea , they were different and their style was one that when you first heard it...you either fell in love with it or you just didn't like it. I LOVED IT...Got it like that and Black is Black were my two all time favorite J.B. joints. The J.B.'s initiated a creativity in hiphop at that time that we have not seen since...Although the J.B.'s never really had eventual success like Dela or Tribe, there influence is STILL felt to this day...Today you have groups like Black Eyed Peas (they're ok) and Dead Prez holding it down. Young M.C.'S like Talib and Mos Def holding down..These are the Descendants of the J.B.'s movement. Every now and then when the wife and kids are aTtending church, I pop in my old school J.B.'s tape(YEP I STILL GOT THE TAPE...LOL) and 16 year kid comes alive and remembers the music of his youth....
Jungle Brothers never blew up like they should have off of this album. This album is a gem. The JB's had it all on this LP, mad creativity, lyrics, and stellar beats equaling to a hip hop classic. If you check for cats like Mos Def, Roots, and Common, you won't be disappointed by this joint.