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Jungle Brothers sampled, among other things, jazz, James Brown and house music. The New York crew’s lyrics were equally diverse but never short on clever wordplay or a playful sense of humor, as exemplified by this song from 1988’s Straight Out the Jungle. “The idea for that came at the end of a studio session, with Mike, me, Red Alert and a woman Red was dating at the time,” says the group’s Afrika Baby Bam. “Red was flirting with her and kept saying ‘Jimbrowski’ the whole night. Mike and I wrote the rhymes on the way back from the subway.”

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