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Straight out the Jungle

Straight out the Jungle
Studio album by Jungle Brothers
Released November 8, 1988[1]
Recorded 1987–1988
Genre Golden age hip hop, jazz rap, hip house
Label Idlers/Warlock Records
Producer Jungle Brothers
Todd Terry
Jungle Brothers chronology
Straight out the Jungle
Done by the Forces of Nature

Straight out the Jungle is the début 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 single "I'll House You", added to the album in late-1988 reissues,[2] 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. "The Promo" was added when the album was released on compact disc, in 1990.


  • Reception 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Samples 4
  • Charts 5
    • Album 5.1
    • Singles 5.2
  • References 6


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Rolling Stone [5]
The Source [6]
Spin (9/10)[7]
Trouser Press (mixed)[8]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[9]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source‍ '​s 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[10]

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

Track listing

# 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 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 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 Smalls – Composer
  • Sweet Daddy – Scratching[11]




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


  1. ^ "Hip-Hop's Greatest Year: Fifteen Albums That Made Rap Explode",, February 12, 2008. Retrieved on July 27, 2008.
  2. ^ "Discogs:Straight out the Jungle:Idlers:WAR-2704", Discogs, retrieved 2013-07-31
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ The Source review
  7. ^ Spin review
  8. ^ Trouser Press review
  9. ^ Yahoo! Music review
  10. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source (New York) (#100). January, 1998.  
  11. ^ "Discogs:Straight out the Jungle:Gee Street:GEEA 001", Discogs, retrieved 2013-07-31
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