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Done By The Forces Of Nature

Jungle Brothers

1989

Done By The Forces Of Nature

Album Summary

Done by the Forces of Nature is the second studio album by American hip hop group Jungle Brothers, released on November 7, 1989, by Warner Bros. Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in 1989 at Calliope Studios in New York City, and production was handled by the Jungle Brothers. It was mixed at Apollo Studios by Kool DJ Red Alert and the Jungle Brothers. The album's title may refer to a line from the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture, wherein Krishna says, "Those who are deluded by the illusive power (Maya) of Nature become attached to the work done by the forces of nature," 3:28.Done by the Forces of Nature peaked at number 46 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It also received rave reviews from music critics who praised its Afrocentric themes, clever lyrics, house-influenced production, and eclectic sampling of music genres such as jazz, R&B, funk, and African music. Done by the Forces of Nature has been considered a golden age hip hop classic, as well as one of the greatest and influential hip hop albums of all time. In 1998, it was included in The Source magazine's "100 Best Albums" list.

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3.08

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4999

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

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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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Pioneers of mixing hip-hop with house and jazz (in fact they were the first to do the former), Jungle Brothers pack their second album full of irresistible beats and singsong flow. Some of the rhymes are wonderfully corny in that special late 80s way.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
5

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

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Mon Jan 24 2022
1

nope

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Sun Apr 24 2022
1

mehhhh

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Sat May 14 2022
1

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

perfect 80's hip hop

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Very much liked this one

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Fri Apr 09 2021
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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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

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

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Fri Sep 10 2021
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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Fri Nov 19 2021
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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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

не ну балдежный олдскульный хепхап, то что надо ваще

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Sat Jan 15 2022
5

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

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Wonderful!

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

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

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

There should be quite some albums from Black Sheep, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Tribe Called Quest etc in the list. Most of their albums in period 87-94 or so.. all five stars, including this one of course.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Liked it.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Love the lyrics and style, clearly influential in the scene of hip hop/rap

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Great old school hip hop with very funky beats

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

cool

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Absolutely no prior knowledge of this but what an album. Another gem from indisputably the golden age of hip hop. This sort of stuff is why I can't say I don't like hip hop, I'm just very selective.

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Thu Dec 08 2022
5

These guys should write a manual like "How to do 90s hip-hop sound even more 90s". I felt transported to another time listening to this album, and I liked it much more than when I lived in the 90s. The mixture of sound and percussion instruments/beats is unique (at the same time, that was extensively used around hip-hop for the next 10 years after this release), and the lyrics and voices are unforgettable. It looks like a very influential album I should listen to more times in the following years. Hip-Hop albums are always too many dependents on the context, but they shine when some are also so influential and time-transporting like this one.

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Wed Sep 02 2020
4

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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Thu Jan 07 2021
4

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

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Mon Nov 30 2020
4

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

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

n_nagri , i really likes some songs

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Classic hip hop beats

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Fri May 28 2021
4

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

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

pretty high quality hip hop

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

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

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Sat May 15 2021
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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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

Really solid beats

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

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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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

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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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Funky fresh.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

funky

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

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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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Pretty catchy

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

A bit repetitive, but a vibe.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Hip Hop, 80-90s d'arrel.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

New one for me, liked this alot.

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Tue May 04 2021
4

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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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Pretty good old school hip hop

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

This was new for me and really enjoyed!

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

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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Wed May 19 2021
4

Solid 80s Hip Hop

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Tue May 18 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

i also like this

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

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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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

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

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

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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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

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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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

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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Tue Sep 21 2021
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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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

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

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

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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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

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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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Great to listen to on a hot sunny afternoon

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

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

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Mon Oct 18 2021
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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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

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

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Mjög svöl plata. Fer í reglulega hlustun.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
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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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

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

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Я начинаю понимать в хип хоп

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

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

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Great sound. Ahead of its time

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

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

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

for cheesy 80s hip hop, not bad!

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

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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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

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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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

nichts erwartet, positiv überrascht worden

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

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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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

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

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

A real nice oldschool hip-hop record

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

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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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

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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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

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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Fri Mar 11 2022
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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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

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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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

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

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

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

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Awesome album, really enjoy the hip hop and lyrics.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

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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Wed Apr 20 2022
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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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

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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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

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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Tue May 03 2022
4

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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Tue May 17 2022
4

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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Wed May 25 2022
4

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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Thu May 26 2022
4

I didn't love this as much as I thought I might. That late 80s early 90s hip hop is one of my favorite styles. But the first half of this album lacked for me. Got real good in the back end though.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Love the beats, great lyrics too.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

My education of real hip hop continues. Gangsta rap is a scam…bitches and hoes…blah blah blah…I bought that shit hook line and sinker for far too long. Done By The Forces Of Nature is entertaining, uplifting, and actually feel like a genuine cultural representation, not some Death Row Records manufactured bullshit.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Native Tongues was like a brand back in the day. If you like TCQ, then you'll like Black Sheep and Chi-Ali, both of whom I loved. Didn't get too far into the JayBees tho. Listening to it today it makes me feel a little bit of warm comfort in the simplicity.... but that wears off pretty quickly as it becomes simple and borderline boring. Good to go back in time with this one, but not something I'm going to dig out except for that Doin' Our Own Dang track. That's def going on a forgotten favorites playlist.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

This was a nice throwback to when I was a little kid trying to listen in on my older brother and his friends listening to their cds.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Funky fun dance rythems clean rap.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Luke was very excited about me getting this one. I listened to it on a run. It was great! Really enjoyed the funky beats and that they were just telling stories about quite normal things.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

A bit lo-fi at times but a brilliant record all round.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

All around really good

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Solid listen

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

This is class. Hip hop without talking about hos or using the n-word or having half the lyrics be explicit.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Lean, driving and understated, with beats intricately and subtly embedded. It’s likable enough and one supports the intellectual content and positive sentiments, but doesn’t engage on or elevate to the same level as Three Feet High and Rising, say. When the palette expands – see “Good Newz Comin’” – it’s more engaging. Still, a strong effort throughout.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

rap

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

As a die hard Native Tongue fan, I wanted to love Jungle Brothers more than I did. Their follow ups weren't stellar, but this album still has several outstanding tracks: Feelin' Alright, Good Newz Comin' and J. Beez Comin' Through still kick ass. The JB's helped educate me about afrocentrism and were a great answer to anyone in the 80's claiming rap music was all violent and negative. They could spit great rhymes, and made some excellent dance tracks, and their positivity and near-wholesomeness were incredibly endearing.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

Hip hop with soul. Something that feels pretty rare in modern hip hop records. This is arguably the golden era of hip hop, concious lyrics, nice samples and beats, no gangster bollocks. My kind of hip hop. Really liked "Doing our own thing" and "Feelin alright".

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Conscious/jazz rap is one of my favorite styles of music period, and I worship the first 3 + last Tribe Called Quest albums, so you’d think that I would have spun some Jungle Brothers before. But nope, this is a surprising oversight for me. But hey, this stuff is good! A little primitive compared to The Low End Theory, but I bet that even if I was a metal-blasting teen in the 80’s, I would have bought this with no shame. Will probably play again soon. B

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

It's pretty apparent from the sound of this album how it's a bridge from early hip hop to the golden age. Not my favorite from this era, but still pretty good overall.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

like the vibes, no idea what it is about though.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Funky jazzy hip hop like tribe called quest.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Good stuff. Easy to see that Snoop and Dre were heavily influenced by this when they made Doggystyle.

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

Le côté « danse » de ce style de rap me plaît et m’invite à l’écouter à nouveau, surtout qu’il est reconnu comme un classique du genre.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Really good

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Wed Dec 02 2020
3

African hip hop, rarely in the mood for that.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Cool

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

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

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

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

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Decent lyrical material but suffers from poor production and bad mixing

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

solid early 90's hip hop

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Mixing in White Line Highway?! Like that!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

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

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

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

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

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

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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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Fri May 28 2021
3

A couple of bangers and then not too much else

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Sat Feb 13 2021
3

not bad at all!

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

It was ok

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Loved it

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Tue May 04 2021
3

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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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

Decent-ish hip hop record.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Not my usual jam but I recognized a few songs.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

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

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

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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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

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

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

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

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

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

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Mon May 17 2021
3

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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Tue May 25 2021
3

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

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

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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Tue Aug 03 2021
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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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

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

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Bit arrested development bit de la soul

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

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

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Tue Sep 21 2021
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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Sat Sep 25 2021
3

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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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

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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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

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

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Wed Oct 06 2021
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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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

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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Tue Oct 12 2021
3

rumble in the jungleeee

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

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

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Tue Oct 26 2021
3

Nice old school hiphop

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Pretty good, nice chill working music

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

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

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Tue Nov 16 2021
3

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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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

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

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Tue Nov 23 2021
3

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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Tue Nov 30 2021
3

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

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Tue Dec 28 2021
3

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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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

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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Sat Jan 08 2022
3

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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Tue Jan 11 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Classic Old school rap that feels a bit dated but is not bad by any means

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

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

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Really good

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Não é meu estilo, mas é um bom álbum.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

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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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

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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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

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

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Tue Mar 01 2022
3

Pretty good! Had never heard of them before

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Sat Mar 05 2022
3

Some pretty spicy beats. 3

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Sat Mar 05 2022
3

Rating: 5/10 Bests songs:

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Sat Mar 05 2022
3

bouncy, conscious rap

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Tue Mar 15 2022
3

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

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Tue Mar 22 2022
3

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

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Tue Mar 22 2022
3

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

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

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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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

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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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

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

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Sat Apr 09 2022
3

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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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

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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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

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

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Thu May 19 2022
3

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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Fri May 20 2022
3

Little old on the old Hip Hop

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