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Jungle Brothers is an American hip hop trio composed of Michael Small (Mike Gee), Nathaniel Hall (Afrika Baby Bam), and Sammy Burwell (DJ Sammy B). Known as the pioneers of the fusion of jazz, hip-hop, and house music, they were the first hip-hop group to collaborate with a house-music producer. The trio released their debut album, Straight out the Jungle in July 1988. Their hip-house club hit single, "I'll House You" was added to the album in late-1988 reissues. The single was the first non-Chicago hip-house record. It changed the course of hip-hop and dance music by expanding it. Fostered by Kool DJ Red Alert, the Jungle Brothers success would pave the way for De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and eventually the Native Tongues collective that they founded.

Links to Peel

Peel discovered the Jungle Brothers in 1987 and would play their music until the early 90's, when he got disillusioned with rap music being sexist and misogynist.

On his 26 June 1993 (BFBS) show, Peel described looking forward in getting the Jungle Brothers new album and being disillusioned by it when hearing it:

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Jungle Brothers - 40 Below Trooper 1993 (HQ)

"I was very pleased, yesterday, to get hold of a new album by the Jungle Brothers, because I've not had much opportunity to play you much rap and related stuff in recent editions of the programme. Mainly because most of it's been so awful! And it starts off really well, I mean the first couple of tracks are excellent and then it degenerates fast. I mean the third track [1] is about...well it's about things going on below the waist, I'm not going to be more specific than that."

Despite this, Peel played their 40 Below Trooper track from the album on that show.

Shows Played

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1987
1988
1989
  • 13 March 1989: Black Is Black [Ultimatum Mix] (12" - Black Is Black) Gee Street
  • 23 November 1989: What "U" Waitin' "4"? (LP - Done By The Forces Of Nature) Warner Bros.
  • 28 November 1989: Sunshine (album - Done By The Forces Of Nature) Warner Bros.
  • 29 November 1989: Feelin' Alright (album - Done By The Forces Of Nature) Warner Bros. 
  • 04 December 1989: Done By The Forces Of Nature (album - Done By The Forces Of Nature) Warner Bros.
  • 05 December 1989: Beeds On A String (LP - Done By The Forces Of Nature) Warner Bros.
  • 12 December 1989: J. Beez Comin' Through (album - Done By The Forces Of Nature) Warner Bros.
  • 16 December 1989 (BFBS): Done By The Forces Of Nature (album - Done By The Forces Of Nature) Warner Bros.
  • 21 December 1989: 'In Dayz 2 Come (LP-Done By The Forces Of Nature)' (Warner Bros)
  • 23 December 1989 (BFBS): Beeds On A String (LP - Done By The Forces Of Nature) Warner Bros.
  • 30 December 1989 (BFBS): Tribe Vibes (album - Done By The Forces Of Nature) Warner Bros.
1990
1993
1999

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Footnotes

  1. The third track is My Jimmy Weighs A Ton.
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