The Jungle Brothers, consisting of Mike "Gee" Small, Sammy Burwell and Afrika Baby Bambaataa (Nathaniel Hall),
members of New York's legendary "Native Tongues" posse,
were one of the most innovative crews of hip-hop.
Straight Out the Jungle (1988) was possibly the
first example of full-fledged jazz-hop fusion.
Done By The Forces Of Nature (1989) was even
better, one of the most positive and spiritual works of hip-hop, and
as phantasmagoric as the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique, although
very mellow by the standards of hip-hop.
J Beez Wit The Remedy (1993), featuring new member Colin "Torture" Bobb (aka Sensational), experimented with instrumental tracks and abstract noise.
Perhaps searching for the commercial success that had always eluded them,
the Jungle Brothers began releasing mediocre albums in all sorts of
Raw Deluxe (1997), V.I.P. (2000), All That We Do (2002).
Sensational (born Colin Bobb in Guyana, the former Jungle Brothers member Torture) debuted solo with
Loaded With Power (1997), offering a unique combination of
nightmarish, stoned, warped, non-linear rapping over lo-fi beats.
Subsequent albums repeated the same trick with far less genius:
Corner the Market (WordSound, 1998),
Heavyweighter (Matador, 2000),
Get on My Page (Ipecac, 2001),
Natural Shine (Wordsound, 2003),
Crown Material (2005),
Speaks For Itself (2005).
Sensational Meets Kouhei (2006) with Japanese electronic musician Kohei Matsunaga and
Acid & Bass (2009) with dub-hop guru Spectre.
Seb El Zin (guitar, vocals), Mike Ladd (vocals), Arto Lindsay (guitar), Marc Ribot (guitar) formed Anarchist Republic of Bzzz, documented on
Anarchist Republic of Bzzz (2009) and
United Diktaturs of Europe (2016).
Later recordings include:
A Earfull (2011),
Open for Biznes (2012) and
Eyes on the Prize (2016).
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