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Jungle Brothers Biography

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Birth Place: New York City, New York, United States
Years Active: 1987 – present
Genres: Hip Hop, House Music

The Jungle Brothers are a hip-hop group that blend a fusion of jazz and hip-hop in their music and consist of Michael Small (a.k.a. Mike Gee), Nathaniel Hall (a.k.a. Afrika Baby Bam), and Sammy Burwell (a.k.a. DJ Sammy B). The group rose to prominence in the 1980s with their debut album, “Straight Out the Jungle” in 1988; the album contained Afrocentric lyrics set against a back drop of jazz, hip-hop, and house beats. The single “I'll House You,” became a hit on the dance club scene; one of the first songs to cross over from hip-hop audiences to the dance music audiences. Warner Bros. Records signed the group shortly thereafter, and the group released their debut for the label, “Done By the Forces of Nature” in 1990, which was a huge commercial success.

1990 also saw the Jungle Brothers contributed the song “I Get a Kick” to the Cole Porter tribute album, “Red Hot + Blue” released by the Red Hot Organization. After extensive touring the Jungle Brothers took a break from music, returning in 1993 with the album, “J Beez Wit the Remedy,” which was a commercial disappointment. Their fifth studio album, “V.I.P.” arrived in 2000 and didn't fare much better than its predecessor. 2004 saw the Jungle Brothers collaborate with the British producer Mr On to produce their version of “Breathe (Don't Stop),” by Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. The track became an underground hit on both the hip-hop and dance club scene. 2005 marked a greatest hits double album for the group, “This Is...,” which features some of the group's classic remixes and rarities. Around this time, Mike G and Sammy B began to pursue solo projects, which put Jungle Brothers projects on hold. “I Got You” emerged in 2006 from the group; currently, each member is still heavily involved in their solo projects.