“Modern Pop music taste makers such as Pharrell Williams point to the Jungle Brothers as massive music spirit guides”
Wasif Sayyed, I Am Hip-Hop
Changing the path of Hip-Hip and Dance music forever, The Jungle Brothers (Mike Gee, Afrika Baby Bam and DJ Sammy B) are an innovative Hip-Hop group that fused Jazz, Hip- Hop and House music in the late 80s. They became the first Hip-Hop group to collaborate with house DJs and producers, creating a variety of hybrid music styles, such as Jazz Rap and Hip-House. The fluidity of musical style originates from a range of different musical influences, such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross.
Growing up in New York, their musical influences originated from DIY culture and the rich mix of musical genres. Having initially produced their music in Bam’s home studio (compiled of a turntable, keyboard and drum machine) when they met in High School, they started making cassettes and performed at block parties around New York.
They achieved commercial success with their debut single “Straight Out The Jungle” in 1988, which gained over 1 million views on YouTube and have since taken the Hip-Hop world by storm with notable hits including “I’ll House You”, “What U Waitin’ 4” and “Doin’ Our Own Dang”.