Straight out the Jungle

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Straight out the Jungle
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 8, 1988[1]
GenreGolden age hip hop, jazz rap
LabelWarlock Records
ProducerJungle Brothers, Todd Terry, Q-Tip
Jungle Brothers chronology
Straight out the Jungle
Done by the Forces of Nature

Straight out the Jungle is the debut album from hip hop group Jungle Brothers. The album marked the beginning of the Native Tongues collective, which later featured popular artists such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and Black Sheep. The album's masters have a lower quality to other hip-hop albums of its kind, compared to the singles.

The single "I'll House You", added to the album in late-1988 reissues, is known as the first non-Chicago hip-house record to be a sufficiently big club hit, to drastically change how the hip-hop and dance-music industries work.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
The Philadelphia Inquirer4/4 stars[4]
Record Collector4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[7]
The Source5/5[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[9]
The Village VoiceA−[10]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[11]

The album received a perfect 5-of-five rating from Allmusic and The Source Magazine.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Straight out the Jungle" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
2 "What's Going On" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
3 "Black is Black" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee, Q-Tip
4 "Jimbrowski" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
5 "I'm Gonna Do You" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
6 "I'll House You" Todd Terry (uncredited) Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
7 "On the Run" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
8 "Behind the Bush" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
9 "Because I Got it Like That" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
10 "Braggin' & Boastin'" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
11 "Sounds of the Safari" Jungle Brothers *Instrumental*
12 "Jimmy's Bonus Beat" Jungle Brothers *Instrumental*
13 "The Promo" Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip (uncredited) Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee, Q-Tip


  • Dick Charles – Mastering
  • Tony D. – Arranger
  • Andre Debourg – Engineer
  • Andrew "The Record Lord" DeBourg – Engineer
  • DJ Red Alert – Engineer, Mixing
  • The Grand Wizard Oswald – Arranger
  • Pam Hall – Composer
  • Jungle Brothers – Arranger, Composer, Producer
  • Ken Kaufman – Photography, Cover Design
  • Michael Small – Composer[citation needed]
  • Sweet Daddy – Scratching



Chart (1988) Peak
Billboard Top R&B Albums 39


Year Song Chart Peak
1989 "I'll House You" Billboard Hot Rap Singles 16
Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 28

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hip-Hop's Greatest Year: Fifteen Albums That Made Rap Explode",, February 12, 2008. Retrieved on July 27, 2008.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Straight Out the Jungle – Jungle Brothers". AllMusic. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (September 29, 1988). "Jungle Brothers: Straight Out of the Jungle (Warlock)". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  5. ^ Jost, Matt (February 8, 2011). "Jungle Brothers :: Straight Out the Jungle :: Idlers/Warlock". RapReviews. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Draper, Jason (November 2010). "Jungle Brothers – Straight Out The Jungle". Record Collector (381). Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Relic, Peter (2004). "Jungle Brothers". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 444–45. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ The Source (150). March 2002.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  9. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 27, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source. New York (#100). January 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved November 24, 2007.