Jungle Brothers

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Jungle Brothers
The Jungle Brothers visiting Hamburg, Germany in March 1999.
The Jungle Brothers visiting Hamburg, Germany in March 1999.
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
Years active1987–present
LabelsWarlock Records
Warner Bros. Records
Gee Street/V2
Jungle Brother Records
MembersMike Gee
Sammy B
Afrika Baby Bam

Jungle Brothers are 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. 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.


The group's first album, Straight out the Jungle, was released in 1988 on Warlock Records, an independent record label.[3] Soon after they were signed by Warner Bros. Records, with whom the group released Done By the Forces of Nature in November 1989.[3] In 1990, the Jungle Brothers contributed the song "I Get a Kick" to the Cole Porter tribute album "Red Hot + Blue" produced by the Red Hot Organization. Following a four-year break, the Jungle Brothers returned in 1993 with J Beez Wit the Remedy.

Jungle Brothers involved themselves with an emerging hip hop organization called Ill Crew Universal (ICU), which released worldwide compilation albums and supported independent hip hop artists.[4][5] Their fifth album, V.I.P. was produced by Alex Gifford of Propellerheads and, during production, they added their vocal stylings to the Propellerheads tracks "Take California (And Party)" and "You Want It Back". Their latest album to contain new releases is 2002's All That We Do.

In 2001, the group's song "What's the Five 0" was featured in the music video game FreQuency.

In 2004, the Jungle Brothers joined with British producer Mr On to produce "Breathe (Don't Stop)", a version of "Breathe and Stop" by Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, combined with a sample of Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (the idea was taken from a bootleg remix combining vocals from "Breathe and Stop" and music from "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough").

In 2005, the Jungle Brothers released a greatest hits and classic remixes and rarities double album, This Is..., which included remixes by The Wiseguys, Urban Takeover, Natural Born Chillers, and Stereo MCs.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


Straight out the Jungle 39
Done by the Forces of Nature
  • Released: November 7, 1989
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, digital download
46 84 50 41
J Beez wit the Remedy
  • Released: June 22, 1993
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette
52 9
Raw Deluxe
  • Released: June 3, 1997
  • Label: Gee Street/V2
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette
37 12 94
  • Released: January 4, 2000
  • Label: Gee Street/V2
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, digital download
All That We Do
  • Released: October 29, 2002
  • Label: Jungle Brother (US)
    V2 (JPN)
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
I Got U
  • Released: March 13, 2006[9]
  • Label: Rambling Records
  • Format: CD
Keep It Jungle
  • Released: March 13, 2006[9]
  • Label: Rambling Records
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


  • 2005: This Is... (greatest hits)


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name[10]
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Dance
US Rap
"Jimbrowski" 1987 Straight Out the Jungle
"Because I Got It Like That" 1988 98
"On the Run"
"I'll House You" [a] 16 22
"Black Is Black" 1989 72
"Straight Out the Jungle"
"Beyond This World" 42 Done by the Forces of Nature
"What 'U' Waitin' '4'?" 1990 13 19 14 10 35
"Doin' Our Own Dang" 40 33
"40 Below Trooper" 1993 2 J. Beez wit the Remedy
"On the Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs a Ton)"
"How Ya Want It (We Go It)" 1996 Raw Deluxe
"Brain" 1997 76 23 52
"Jungle Brother" 56
"Jungle Brother '98" 1998 18 Non-album single
"I'll House You '98" [a] 84 26 Non-album single
"Because I Got It Like That '98" 68 32 Non-album single
"V.I.P." 1999 40 28 V.I.P.
"Get Down" 52
"Freakin' You" 2000 70
"You in My Hut Now" 2002 All That We Do
"Do Your Thing"
"Breathe (Don't Stop)" (as Mr. On vs. Jungle Brothers) 2004 33 30 56 21 Non-album single
"Beats on a String" (as Ali B vs. Jungle Brothers) 2005 I Got U
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ a b "You Gots to Chill" did not enter the Dance Club Songs, but peaked at number 15 on the Dance/Electronic Singles Sales.[19]


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  7. ^ a b "Kool Moe Dee - Kool Moe Dee/". MegaCharts. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
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  12. ^ "Jungle Brothers - US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 13, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  13. ^ "Jungle Brothers - Australian chart". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
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  16. ^ "Jungle Brothers - Dutch chart". top40.nl. September 15, 2014.
  17. ^ "Jungle Brothers - New Zealand Chart". charts.nz. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  18. ^ "Jungle Brothers - Swedish chart". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  19. ^ "Dance/Electronic Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2021.

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