The Legendary Jungle Brothers
It’s hard to believe, it’s twenty years since the Jungle Brothers and their Native Tongues movement swept hip-hop off its feet. While others of their ilk have foundered and fallen by the wayside, the Jungle Brothers march on. Remaining true to themselves and their beloved art, the seeds that spawned the Jungle Brothers were formed during hip-hop’s halcyon days of the late 1980’s.
With the bright graffiti on the city’s street corners, parks and trains as a surreal backdrop and Afrika Bambaataa, Treacherous Three and the Cold Crush Brothers providing the soundtrack, the JBs were religiously soaking up rap by osmosis.
Rappers Afrika Baby Bam and Mike G met while attending Manhattan’s Murray Bergtraum H.S. and often hit block parties together. When the two MCs decided to enter the school talent show, they enlisted the spinning services of Sammy B aka Sweet Daddy and, to use a well-worn cliché, history was made.
The Native Tongues, consisting of De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love and Queen Latifah remain one of Hip-hops finest ever rap collectives, who between them delivered streams of absolute hip-hop gold for many years.
‘4 Life UK Tour’ sees the Jungle Brothers hit UK shores once again. We at the Ramsgate Music Hall can proudly say attracting them here will be their first ever jam in Kent.