THE JUNGLE BROTHERS
Jungle Brothers, made up of Mike Gee, Afrika Baby Bam and DJ Sammy B, is the first group to pioneer the fusion of Jazz, Hip-Hop and House music.
Coming together as the Jungle Brothers in the mid 80s they began their recording career at the dance label Idler. The result of the sessions was ‘Straight Out the Jungle’, which was released in early 1988. The album’s Afrocentric slant gained the Jungle Brothers entry into the Native Tongue Posse, a loose collective formed by hip-hop legend Afrikaa Bambaataa, including Queen Latifah (and, later, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest).
The album’s most far-out cut was ‘I’ll House You’, a collaboration with house producer Todd Terry and an early experiment in what later became known as hip-house. The single was added to the album in 1989 and is known for being the first hip-house record recorded outside of the Chicago scene, along with being a club hit that drastically changed the way the hip-hop and dance-music industries worked.
In 2008, their single ‘What U Waitin 4’ was ranked number 88 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop.