Jungle Brothers – Straight Out The Jungle (LP) [Phase One Network PONE9010]
The Jungle Brothers’, Straight Out The Jungle, is a classic album full of jazzy horn samples and funky drum breaks.
De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest may have been more commercially successful, but the afro-centric, jazz political rap movement and unfadeable Native Tongue Massive started with the Jungle Brothers. Their debut full-length Straight Out the Jungle opened up many doors that are walked through by today’s artists like Mos Def, Common, and even Kanye West.
Their taste for jazzy horn samples helped kick-start the entire jazz-rap movement, and their James Brown fixation was one of the first. Plus, the group’s groundbreaking collaboration with legendary house producer Todd Terry, “I’ll House You,” paved the way for numerous Hip-House hybrids that shot up the dance and pop charts over the next few years and appeared to be a staple on every East Coast Rap Album from ‘88 until ‘92.