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Done By The Forces Of Nature

Jungle Brothers

1989

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Done By The Forces Of Nature

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3.1

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Ah, to muse on what could have been. First thing to note is the cover: where is the parental advisory sticker? No need for one. For you see, what we have here is a less famous entry in daisy age rap, a short-lived tendency in hip-hop circa 1990 when rappers adopted a gentler, more playful, more positive stance. Of course, pop rap has been a perennial since Rapper's Delight, and daisy age led directly to the positive hip-hop of Arrested Development, but then it all died a death, buried under the juggernaut of gangsta rap. And I think everyone can nowadays agree that this was a real shame. Plenty of angsta rap has really not aged well (you know what, kids? People might get a bit sniffy if you express misogynistic and homophobic sentiments), and more generally, people would like a softer, more thoughtful take on hip-hop, which this album is. And from the off, the album delights. This is an immensely charming album, the flow charismatic as only old-skool hip-hop couplets can be. It's genuinely pleasant to hear a rap contain the lines: Stay out the dark and you'll find that you'll be strong Believe in yourself and nothin' will go wrong There's room out there for those who want some Because everybody's got a little light, under the sun. Even the tracks about the ladies are about good-natured flirting rather than objectification, and Black Woman outright praises, well, black women, directly saying that, along with love and protection, black women deserve respect, a most appealing concept. Also, the music itself impresses in its funky diversity, ranging from bebop to doowop to 80s squelchy synths. There are nits to pick. The album is a little too long, and I didn't really appreciate the message of In Dayz 2 Come, but I'm all prepared to overlook those because the album is such a joy regardless. I came away wishing that this had taken off, rather than The Chronic, a conclusion with which I suspect many would concur. Sometimes the best doesn't win. C'est la vie.

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5

perfect 80's hip hop

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Very much liked this one

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5

Really fantastic, these guys are great, clearly they paved the way for a lot of groups who came after. I hear them in De La Soul and even a little in Digital Underground.

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5

Sweet rhymes, unique instrumentals, and fun, plunderphonics influenced production!

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I really enjoy discovering the environmental message of these 80s hip hop

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5

Aw yea. The simple kick snare pattern starts this trance like background where instruments and voices come in and fade out. sneaky Parliament sample at the end of Sunshine. Good Newz Comin' is a house beat jam. damn what a cool album.

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5

A stone cold hip hop classic - I needed no introduction to this - conscious rap over some wonderful samples probably my favourite rap album ever....

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не ну балдежный олдскульный хепхап, то что надо ваще

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5

Really fun and easy listening. Great stories and messages too.

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Wonderful!

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5

Proto Tribe if I ever heard it. Tribe honed the blade, but the Jungle Brothers forged the weapon.

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Never heard of it before, my history with 80s/90s hip hop has been limited to just occasional Tribe Called Quest or The Roots. On research after listening, you can really hear how this was the foundation of those later acts. Rapid fire, bouncy hooks and social awareness. I dig it.

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7/10 F.T.:Doin our own Dang

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Good 80's rap. Easy to listen to, good beats all through.

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This is dope. The early days of hip hop & sampling. 3.5

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n_nagri , i really likes some songs

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Classic hip hop beats

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Now, THIS is the 90's hip-hop I adore!

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4

pretty high quality hip hop

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solid outing, if overshadowed by their better known work fav track: doin' our own dang

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4

So much of the basis apparent of the first hip hop I really fell in love with, De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest.

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Really solid beats

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Great album. In a time when "gangsta" rap was coming about, the jungle brothers (along with other artists in their Native Tongues collective) were rapping about their environment and spreading knowledge to empower people(wanting to spread good vibes). As far as MCs go their lyrics are among the top and their beats aren't stuck in one genre, sampling from so many influences, giving them a unique sound. They continue to impress with each bar spitting poetry instead of memes(or relying on current references to keep their music relevant, which is why they will remain timeless)

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This album is kinda cheesy now- reminds me of when people had 80s street dance offs with cardboard on the ground. But there is some important black culture here and I did enjoy hearing it. I can see Will Smith borrowed heavily from them too

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Probably won't ever go back to it, but I did enjoy giving it a listen

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Funky fresh.

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funky

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No way! Easily the least appreciated group in the Native Tongues collective, alongside Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. Very groovy, dance-y beats that sound a tad more dated than Tribe, but can you blame them? This was released in '89, I would've guessed mid-'90s! The rapping is great of course, but if we're going to compare to Tribe, they don't quite have the banter or charisma that elevated Q-Tip and Phife to legendary status. That perhaps explains why they aren't as well-known, but this is still a fantastic, really enjoyable album. Conscious, Afrocentric lyricism over some of the best jazz beats the era had to offer. I especially liked hearing the sample on "Beeds on a String" of one of the tracks Kanye sampled on "Fade" in 2016. The phrase "underrated classic" appears in the wikipedia page, and I think it's an apt descriptor. Favorite tracks: Tribe Vibes, Feelin' Alright, Doin' Our Own Dang, Black Woman, Beeds on a String. Album art: LOVE this one. Fantastic colors, great artistry. The kind of cover I like to get lost in looking for all the little details. 4.5/5

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Pretty catchy

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cool record, it sounds limited in its production but it slaps

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A bit repetitive, but a vibe.

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I'm going to give this album another listen because after one I think this may be something on the level of Tribe Called Quest. There were a few duds but almost all of the songs hit in some way for me. The lyrics were fantastic, the beats were those great late 80's early 90's, and I loved all the track titles with the "2" or "U" in quotes. This is also a phenomenal album cover. Favs were Feelin' Alright and Acknowledge Your Own History. These are the albums I hope to see on this list.

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Hip Hop, 80-90s d'arrel.

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I think this album got better towards the end Generally, I liked the album but I didn't find it consistently musically interesting enough to love it. The lyrics were good especially on songs like Acknowledge Your Own History, but I didn't like the musical aspect of it a lot. I really like the synth lead on Belly Dancin' Dina but the lyrics on that track aren't as good. Some lines like "I like to have fun by the ton" from (Done by the Forces of Nature) sound like Dr. Seuss which is not exactly the best. My favorite part of the album was probably the social commentary. Songs like Black Woman sound pretty modern which is not the case with some songs from the 80s and 90s about women (looking at you Jeru The Damaja...). Overall, I think the album gets better and more consistent towards the end. Favorite songs: Feelin' Alright, What "U" Waitin' "4"?, Good Newz Comin', Beeds On a String, J. Beez Comin' Through, Black Woman, In Dayz "2" Come, Doin Our Own Dang Decent 7/10

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Alkuun ihmettelin, miten juuri tämä levy perustelee paikkansa 1001 levyn joukossa. Ehkä juuri siksi, ettei ole puhdas hipitihopräpäytys-levy, vaan levylle on koottu makumaailmaa muista tyyleistä. Hauskoja jazz-tyylisiä ja funkahtaviakin beatteja ja rytmejä. Vastapainona jossain What "U" Waitin' "4"? 'ssa on yksinkertaisuudessaan ihan maaginen ja tarttuva bassokuvio ja esimerkiksi Good Newz Comin' biisissä lisävärinä vikkelät bongorummuttelut ja Tribe Vibesissa torvet. Vähän kun maiskuttelin enemmän tätä levyä, niin on jeppis ja rento meno. Pyöristin melkein jo syöttämäni kolkin lopulta ylöspäin, vaikka ehkä turhan venytetty levy nelkulle. Toisaalta, levy soimaan kesällä korvanappeihin, kun fillaroi pitkin merenrantaa, niin voisi paukkua vitosetkin.

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New one for me, liked this alot.

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In the tradition of De La Soul and Tribe called quest this is classic old school hip hop, rooted in jazz break beats and R&B samples. It also has a few songs which are more funk inflected and almost reach the G-Funk sound. At the end of the album it’s got a meandering tone, lots of sample/break medleys, that is awesome—very loose, as opposed to song, song song. The break in “Doin our own dang” is dope, I could listen to it on repeat for hours. I know the jungle Brothers but never heard this album in full, loved it.

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Pretty good old school hip hop

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This was new for me and really enjoyed!

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Miks između De La Soula i ATCQ Razigran album, ritmičan, sa dost dobrih stvari. Moooožda je mal dug za koju pjesmu, al to je većina kod tih rep/hip hop albuma, kriptonit njihov. Sve u svemu, dost dobar album, jeben vibe, baš se potrefilo dva slična albuma na random od 1001 albuma zaredom. Feelin' Alright kako pjesma nalaže. 3.8/5

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Solid 80s Hip Hop

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Some elements were typically sounding early hip-hop, but incorporation of different instrumentation (jazz, tribal) made it stand out.

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i also like this

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Exactly why I am taking this daily journey! Never heard of them before or any of their songs. Loved it! Success!

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Very good golden age hip hop. I never really gave them much time before but should listen more.

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4.1 - It's got that 125th and Lenox vibe - I'd hear these jams pumping from the street vendors selling bean pies, ginger juice, bootleg recordings of Malcolm X and tapestries adorned with the likeness of Haile Selassie. Uplifting, funky conscious rap that manages to not descend into the preachy and political. I appreciate the tribute to the "Black Woman", nice to hear a shout out to the sistuhs. These are non-stop bops underpinned by hard beats from the old school, and cool samples from jazz, African, R&B, funk. Really, what's not to like?

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Probably 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the album a lot for never hearing of the artist before. Unfortunately most of the lyrics are forgettable over basic beats. Good for 80's rap I guess

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9/28 Funky, feel good, conscious rapping, real talented group. Standout Tracks: Feelin' Alright, Sunshine, Acknowledge Your Own History, Good Newz Comin', Done By The Forces Of Nature, Doin' Our Own Dang

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4

Wow this was a really fun listen I can't wait to delve deeper. Super smooth vocals and luscious beats. 4 🌟

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Another excellent hip hop album… nothing groundbreaking but solid as!

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Refreshing to hear a positive and fun outlook throughout a whole album. Never heard of Jungle Brothers before but their style and attitude is infectious. Great album all the way through.

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Never heard of the Jungle Brothers before and after listening to this I can't figure out why they aren't more well known. This album came out the same year as De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising" and is every bit as good. Fun playful lyrics and great jazz-inspired beats throughout the whole album make this a fun and joyful listen. Favorite tracks: Feelin' Alright, Sunshine, Black Woman, Done by the Forces of Nature.

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Great to listen to on a hot sunny afternoon

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The sound of africa, toffe ontdekking waar ik een paar nummers van meepak

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4

Decent classic rap album. Really liked Doin Our Own Dang (most popular track). Lots of tracks had more upbeat melodies instead of darker or more serious tones of modern rap.

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4

Awesome. Similar to Sugar Hill Gang, but better to me. Really enjoyed this one.

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Mjög svöl plata. Fer í reglulega hlustun.

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4

Solid album that seems to have inspired many rap artists as a lot of the fabric of this album I’ve heard in albums that came after this one.

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Some of a little dated, most of it seems ahead of it's time though!

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Dig it! Added to my playlist. Immediately grabbed by the heavy beat of Beyond This World, enjoyed the dancing vibe of What 'U' Watin' '4', the great bass of Beeds on a String to the smooth listening of Doin' Our Own Dang. Although I understand how not everyone would be down with the infusion of Scat and Hip Hop as first apparent in the second song 'Feelin' Alright, along with the repetitive mumbo jumbo mix of Good Newz Comin' (reminded me of The Beatles Number 9) and not everyone wants to hear a 'message' and be all political when enjoying music. Can't help to think Arrested Development was influenced by Jungle Brothers, so much so I had to check to see if Speech was a member of Jungle Brothers.

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Really interesting - sounds like a lot of 90s hip hop

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Я начинаю понимать в хип хоп

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Late 80s/early 90s rap is so distinctive. Great lyrics on this album, really powerful. Classic beats

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It's been a long time since I've listened to rap in this vein. I really enjoyed this. So much going on and a lot of subtle, clever details. A fun listen.

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Great sound. Ahead of its time

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War für mich eine Offenbarung, damals... Feelin' Alright

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for cheesy 80s hip hop, not bad!

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Can't believe I've slept on this one all these years! So much forward momentum to the beats. Love the positive vibes.

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Sounds both of its era as well as ahead of it's time in some ways. Surprised I had not heard this one before.

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nichts erwartet, positiv überrascht worden

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This album is so cool and classic. I love the mix between the important and intelligent criticism and clever sense of humor. I really like the cover art. Favourite songs: Acknowledge Your Own History, Good Newz Comin', Beeds on a String.

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An Oreo and a Hydrox. Cheetos in the red bag and Cheetos in the blue bag. Pabst Blue Ribbon and Chimay Trappist Ale. I remember when I was a kid (1960-1970s) and the adults said that my music all sounded the same. And I guess to their uninitiated ears, Black Sabbath really did sound just like Grand Funk Railroad. But of course, you and I both know that those two really don’t sound like each other at all. Nor are they singing about the same things. Jungle Brothers are responding to their experience of being African-American at the end of the 20th century in quite a different way than, say, the infamous gangsta rappers. I think this is at least one of the reasons why some white people continue to purposefully mislabel this entire genre as crap rather than rap. They just don’t know any better, having spent virtually no time with it at all. In this way, rap is no different from country music- they’re both acquired tastes. I found Jungle Brothers to be a refreshing change from the violent, materialistic, misogynistic worldview of the much more publicized rap that white folks see on music videos and hear blaring out of car stereo speakers- that one can be authentically black in America without resorting to violent retaliation or irresponsible fucking or being high all the time. ‘The city’s a jungle,’ the opening track of 'Done By The Forces Of Nature' pronounces, ‘and we are the brothers. This so-called king of the jungle will run for cover. All of your minds have been set into a trance. So instead of fighting out your problems… we order ya’ll to dance!’ Dis it if you want. But have we even/ever given that a genuine try?

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Not my favorite 80s hip-hop (and wouldn't have made my list), but still fun and thoughtful.

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Really like the mix on this album. Lot's of different styles and samples, positive vibes, and some super corny 80's lyrics. Interesting to speculate on how hip hop would have evolved had something like this became more popular vs. the NWAs and Wu Tangs.

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A real nice oldschool hip-hop record

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Never heard of these guys. Being I late teen at tis time I am surprised that I had not. Definitely my style of rap. They not only reference but have a De La Soul quality about them. Love the little infused sound bites and samples they add with a bit of wit and charm. This album is just flat out COOL! Definitely should be a listen.

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4

True classic hip hop in the vein of Earth, Wind, and Fire or Grandmaster Flash

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I don’t know why I wasn’t pumped when I saw this album show up. Listening to it and thinking about the BASIC pop rap out at the time makes my head spin. Such a great group.

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4

What a fun album. from start to finish just a feel-good vibe

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Awesome album. Can hear the groove/beats that many of the pillars of hip-hop dance (such as locking and popping) that use music like this.

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4

Good hiphop album. I have a preference for stuff that came later like Pharcyde, but lot of great samples and beats in there. Nothing stood out in particular though.

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11th March 2022 Started on Friday but had to finish on Monday cos we had Jen’s parents staying for the weekend. Kew Gardens and French food. Shame I had to experience it so disjointed, but I like the vibe. 90s hip hop.

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Solid old school hip-hop with a somewhat eclectic array of sounds. Upbeat and enjoyable

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Another nice throw back from my youth, it's amazing to reconnect with albums I'd almost forgotten about

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4

Awesome album, really enjoy the hip hop and lyrics.

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Bouncy, housey, positive hip hop that's hard not to love. The only issue is that it is a touch too long. It's a symptom of the albums m being so wild and inventive, so it's hard to fault it too much, but if every track was a little shorter, it'd be perfect. As it is, it's merely brilliant!

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De los discos que han aparecido del género, creo que este disco es muy superior musicalmente. Me hizo entender también que aunque la música es muy buena, no soporto tanto el rap como yo creía. 3.5 estrellas que subo a 4 pese no tener realmente ganas de volverlo a escuchar completo pero sí agregué 2 canciones a mis favoritas de Spotify. Songs: Beeds on a String, Good Newz Comin'

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Seems fitting that this came out in 1989 along with the other great hip-hop records from the period. Done by the Forces of Nature showcases the Native Tongues movement at its brightest and ceaselessly innovative, giving us a glimpse of what was to come with hip-hop in the 90s. Favorites: Beyond This World, Feelin' Alright, Sunshine, What U Waitin' 4, U Make Me Sweat, Acknowledge Your Own History, Good Newz Comin', Tribe Vibes, Black Woman, Doin' Our Own Dang.

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4

Hell yeah. This album is real nice. Crossing my fingers for more hip hop, or really anything besides Britpop lmao

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This actually aged really well, especially when compared to similar projects of the era. All hail ATCQ and De La Soul. Best track: Sunshine

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I really enjoyed this. Mostly hyping the African links to Afro-Americans. Big beats. Funky and jazzy. Not aggressive or too braggadocio. Really good fun.

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This is great. I hadn't listened to much Jungle Brothers apart from singles before and this is as good as every other release from the Native Tongues Collective. Amazing blend of hip hop and early house. More mature than De La Soul and more fun than Tribe Called Quest. I will definitely play this some more

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Very reminiscent of Sugarhill gang, heavily influenced the jungle scene of the 90s as well of course. Just missing a stand out banger to make it a 5

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Not sure why I hadn’t even heard of this before. Hip hop not my thing but can see why this would make a list like this.

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African hip hop, rarely in the mood for that.

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Cool

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late 80s hip hop. Kinda sounds like Tribe Called Quest, but not as good.

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3

A really good album that I don't think I know I would have never listened to without this!

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3

Decent lyrical material but suffers from poor production and bad mixing

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solid early 90's hip hop

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Mixing in White Line Highway?! Like that!

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3

Not my cup of tea but the beats are chill and nice

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3

Good for a bounce around. Benched a fortune of oysters were my favourite lyrics. Nice simple beats

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Hip hop funky. Le daré un 3 porque no me ha molestado escucharlo. Pero no creo que vuelva a escucharlo.

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Ok! En voyant la pochette je m’attendais à du reggae mais en fait pas du tout.. c’est du hip hop à l’ancienne ! Quelques très bonnes chansons à mon goût, hip hop old school sympa dans l’ensemble.

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3

A couple of bangers and then not too much else

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not bad at all!

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It was ok

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Loved it

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Never heard of em, but I loved this one. Sparse production but whatever drum machine they're using sounds gooooood in a Subaru. Most interesting thing: What U Waiting 4 is wild. Is that rap+house music. Hip house? House rap? Seems way out there for the time, and really works. Somewhat notable: Josh I hope you heard the hooga chaka sample. Midway through I was going 5, but then the album kept going. And going. And it all was still great, but once Tribe Vibes was done bumping the Outback down a dirt road I was ready for a podcast. B+

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3

Decent-ish hip hop record.

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3

Not my usual jam but I recognized a few songs.

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Didn’t like it…. More rap But back then seems like they were ahead of their time

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Mit diesem frühen Hip Hop Sound kann ich nicht immer viel anfangen. Die Beats sind noch zu wenig ausgereift und der Flow halt auch. Trotzdem sind hier schon ein paar geile Elemente dabei. Eigentlich sollte es noch einen extra Stern für das Cover geben. Gab's aber nicht.

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Kannte ich noch nicht, aber war ganz angenehmer HipHop. Nicht so viel Gangster Gehabe.

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3

A funky mix of some jazz, psychedelic, soul, synth and of course rap.

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Noch nie was von gehört, aber nicer old school Hip-Hop. Soweit ich folgen könnte auch mit guten Texten.

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First song: hmm giving me slight Beastie Boys vibes. Ok I looked it up cuz I was curious. Beastie Boys released their first album in 1986 and Jungle Brothers in 1988. So I won't say they necessarily ripped off, but it does seem like a pretty suspicious coincidence. Heyyyy I know part of (very little but a little bit) of the third song. Yeah this was good. Officially giving it a 3 cuz it sounded too much like Beastie Boys, but if it was an option I'd give it a 3.5.

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3

I enjoyed the album but afterwards could not remember any specific songs

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Jazzy jazzy soulful hippidy hop. I liked it but it didn't have enough for 4 stars. Will be checking out their other albums though.

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3

In retrospect this is nothing special and the volume is weird on this. But it probably was more influential in real time.

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3.5+. Only a single listen but enjoyed the vibe. Old school classic sound. Very De La Soul

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Bit arrested development bit de la soul

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Interesting - never listened to them before. I think I always got them mixed up with the Out Here Brothers!

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3

With hip-hop still being a relatively new genre, we'll have a few entries that don't approach it the same as most others. The production on this album is interesting, because it's somewhat minimal in it's choices. A focus on just the drum beat, with a undercurrent baseline and occasional sampling means that the MCs are not overshadowed in any way. Speaking of, their lyrics and flow are super good and worth checking out. My biggest issue is that no songs really stuck with me on here, likely a byproduct of the minimalist production. The exception to this would be Good Newz Comin', which has a fun and funky instrumental outro. Oh, and A Tribe Called Quest is on here.

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This type of music always makes me laugh. As someone born in the 90's and didn't really find hip-hop and rap until I was in my late teens. This just feels so incredibly dated and with a slight dash of cheesy nostalgia. But it isn't horrible. It's fucking fun, and I'll die on that hill.

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this started off strong, but got a little...boring as we went along. i did quite like needs on a string, and the closing track was fun - but the rest of it kinda just blurred into a mass of (ahead-of-its-time) 90s hip hop. but that closing track...it sent me off looking for the sample they used (the coasters' shoppin' for clothes), because i'd heard it before, in the incredible track by barry adamson called hip no therapy. you should go check it out. totally worth hearing.

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Rap without the dirty. Enjoyed it, but can't say it blew me away.

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3

Cool beats but it sounds a bit similar to a lot of the rap music from the time - like Bust a Move is ready to break out at any time. The lyrics are better than others at that time...sometimes. U Make me Sweat is one of the songs where the lyrics are of the same fun but cheesy and basic variety of other songs from that era. Acknowledge Your History and Beyond this World have more substance. The album is easy to listen to in the background, but like background it fades away quickly. I definitely enjoyed it, just nothing terribly unique or memorable about the album.

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I had never heard of this group before. I enjoyed the groove, but it felt very… basic and dated in comparison to what I have heard out there now. It’s not really fair to put it that way, though. But De La Soul’s work doesn’t have that archaic sense to it. It all feels pretty timeless. This feels more like them trying stuff out.

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rumble in the jungleeee

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Good but not too different from other hip-hop I've heard

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Nice old school hiphop

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Pretty good, nice chill working music

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Never heard or even heard of before, but I sure recognize De La Soul. Very positive, clever and fun.

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Beastie boy vibes but better. Not a BB fan. I hear a lot of influence in newer music that stemmed from this group.

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Really funky rap, I like the rhythms and all but I can't see myself hearing it normally

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I'm not born for hip-pop, I guess. But can see it being the pioneer of numerous great hit songs in recent years. Like some of the elements in it but sadly none hit me.

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Good, but it's hard not to compare it to superior output from their Native Tongues compatriots.

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Some cool songs. I probably wouldn’t listen again, but I also probably wouldn’t skip if they came up again.

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Je m'attendais à écouter un album de reggae en lançant cet album, ce ne fut pas beaucoup mieux puisqu'il s'agissait bien d'un album d'une heure de hip-hop, genre que j'avais pourtant signalé à Robert ne plus vouloir voir dans ce générateur. Robert n'a eu que faire de mon mécontentement, et s'expose à un terrible retour de bâton de ma part.

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Decent old school rap album. Feels as though this was kind of the middle ground between what tribe made and the original styles of rapping. These guys had rhythm and were very black forward. The African themes are pretty strong here. They also mix it up with some 80s beats and djing. Overall it’s decent. 6.1/10

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Pretty cool/positive affirming old-school Hip Hop. Watching the music video for Beyond This World was fun. Overall pretty funky and even has some disco touches in it. While it's fun, I am not sure it really does anything very unique, but overall I like it. 3.5 to 3.

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Certainly influenced by grand master flash, samples from Blue Suede and a lot of De la soul sound in it

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Really good

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Não é meu estilo, mas é um bom álbum.

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Big party hip hop album, I really liked it and hadn't heard them before. Similar to De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest but more dancey

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Surprisingly good. Nice beats, positive messages. Sounds like a precursor to Bell Biv Devoe, De La Soul, and Arrested Development. Great album art too!

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I mean...it was a good album, at least solid, but not really my thing. I can see why a lot of people would like it, and it's very danceable so that gets an extra point or two from me. Great grooves to a lot of the songs. Fave track: EASILY sunshine. The sample of Flashlight was a really fun nod.

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some great tunes on here that is didn't know came from Jungle bros. will do more investigating

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Pretty good! Had never heard of them before

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Some pretty spicy beats. 3

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Rating: 5/10 Bests songs:

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bouncy, conscious rap

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Funky, lovely style and old school rap, however nothing special 3/5

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De v a… gissa tre gånger…. Cheeeeelin….

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A bit long of you ask me but the tracks were mostly good.

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Some great hip hop. Solid beats and lyrics without the blatant misogyny that has permeated a lot of the other hip hop albums I've been given so far! This is really good to just have on in the background as well. Nothing, unfortunately, that really stood out to me, however.

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Done By the Forces Of Nature takes you back to the golden age of Hip Hop with their afro-centric lyrics and sampling music from all kinds of genres. It felt like being transformed back to the 80s surrounded by a crew of b-boy dancers. Best: What U Waitin' 4? Worst: In Dayz 2 Come

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Not my bag, but good stuff just the same. A few tracks ran a bit monotonous but most were enjoyable.

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It's nice and funky, a fun time to find all the samples. The time before hiphop had to be a certain way. And they've got something to say luckily. But it never transcends into a great album. Enjoyable and very listenable. Just not great.

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Rap muy sencillo que llega hasta a ser agradable. Creo que después del disco de The Roots con el que empezamos la lista, este ha sido el que más me puede pasar en este género.

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Production and flow is ridiculous. It does get a little.big repetitive but I'm not complaining too much

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When it comes to hip hop, this era of jazz influenced, socially-conscious groups is tops for me. I love many of the other Native Tongues groups but have never really listened to the Jungle Brothers for whatever reason. I don't find them to be as compelling as De La, Tribe, or Black Sheep but it was still pretty good.

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Little old on the old Hip Hop

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Fun enough

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Hiphop.. not my thing

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I'm not sure why this album is on the essential list

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Not my thing

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Flaccid

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Good old school hip hop

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Vähän leppoisampaa menoa kuin aiemmat 80-90 -luvun taitteen rapteokset listalla. Taustamusiikkina meni ihan mukavasti mutta eipä tästä oikein mitään mitään jäänyt mieleen parilla kuuntelukerralla. Kovasti oli ylimittainen eikä jaksanut pitää otteessaan.

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Cool funk/jazz sampled tracks

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Pas tout écouté...

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No eipä ollut kummoista Viidakkoveljesten musa. Pitäisi olla se +30c lämpötila, että pystyisi samaistumaan tällaiseen lötköttelyyn. Ei jatkoon.

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Never heard of the jungle brothers prior to this, the music was funky crazy and all over the place

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Suena a viejo totalmente prescindible a no ser que quieras acordarte de lo horrible que fueron esos 90

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eh

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meh

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Sorry…not for me..😕

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This isn’t for me

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Het kon er mee door, maar niet voor herhaling vatbaar. Zelfs wat saai op sommige momenten...

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Totalmente para olvidar

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couple of alright tracks but a bit earnest, a bit boring, and a bit dated. meh.

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Wasn’t bad, but just doesn’t do it for me.

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Infectious but repetitive grooves. Well-crafted, socially-conscious lyrics. Overall a bit of a one note experience. Felt way longer than it was.

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Not super great! There's some fun tracks, and it certainly starts out good enough. But it's just too long, and there are some songs that definitely should've been cut. If it were shorter and some of the bad songs were cut, it'd be a bit better, but I still don't think it'd be great or anything. I'm honestly not sure if this deserved to be on the list.

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An hour-long album was a bad call here. You trim off the twenty minutes of fat that is monotonous beats and shallow rhymes, you'd have something truly tight.

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cool and fun, but not really my cup of tea. I found it hard to tell songs apart at times. Many of the songs were much too repetitive for my taste; just a simple backing track looped over and over. cool cover art. Lyrically it was fun but musically it didn't do much for me. Favorite lyric was about columbus thinking the world was a square.

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Not the worst hip-hop album ever, but also not even close to converting me into the genre

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Oldschool Hip Hop

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2.75

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Not really for me. Better than some hip hop but can't see myself ever relistening to it.

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Robert ne tire visiblement aucune leçon des notes attribuées aux albums de hip-hop précédents. S'il veut jouer au con, on va jouer au con.

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A little outdated sounding, not really my bag but not bad

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Not as good as some of the other hip hop albums that have come up on this list so far

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A couple of okay tracks, but its a bit long and samey

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I don’t like hip hop but I have heard worse..

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The Jungle Brothers walked so that De La Soul could run. Sounds a bit dated. I got this album on the day a new Orville Peck album dropped, and apparently I have a thing for gay, masked country singers who sound like Elvis. So this never stood a chance with me.

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Alright

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Думаю, что альбом был прорывным для своего времени. Был;) В 90-ых другие мастера жанра записали немало классных альбомов и значительно превзошли первые пробы пера. Поэтому альбом заслуживает внимания как некое историческое событие и один из пионеров жанра, но сейчас звучит уже слишком устаревше даже на фоне олдскула.

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B6ngle brada

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I could only stomach 8 songs.

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Best Song: Doin' Our Own Dang. The female vocals were more interesting than anything else on the album. Worst Song: Feelin' Alright. Scatting is something that can work really well if used sparingly. It just goes on too long here. Overall: The backing house-style instrumentals are nice. It's got a dance-y groove. Clearly influential, but hip hop aesthetics have changed so much since this era, so it is really difficult to listen to these simple and repetitive flows and rhyming patterns and get excited. I think it's the over-enunciation of each syllable that really kills it for me.

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A few fun tracks, but a lot of stuff that just doesn't stand out much from its contemporaries.

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Okay, I guess.

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Reached 45 on the billboard. Should have been consigned to history at that point. It sounds like a slightly more sophisticated Fresh Prince, Wiki says they are a descendant of Earth Wind and Fire. Mic drop. I’m out Cover art: 1/5 cheesy central

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Probably revolutionary back then, but too much old school for me.

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Satme kedeligt

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2

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... wakala

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Mñe

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Si lo escuché y ya no me acuerdo

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not my kind

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Hiphop que no m'interessa gens.

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No es lo mio aunque el clásico hiphop tiene su aquel

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Not my style

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nope

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There is something that I am missing here. The rhymes are not that interesting, the beats are forgettable and lack a punch and I am just baffled that this is even here. It has to be a one star even if it has influenced others to make much better rap music in the future. Nothing else to say

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mehhhh

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Aaaaaand another hip hop album. Hard pass. 1/5.

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