The Brooklyn, New York-based Hip Hop trio of Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee and Sammy B as The Jungle Brothers came with their second album in 1989. Dropping the year after their classic debut where they showed-off their alternative ways through the utilisation of Jazz and even House into their music, "Done By The Forces of Nature" sees them continuing this with the aid of DJ Red Alert.
1. "Doing Our Own Dang"
The album gets off in a big way as we find that we're greeted by a hyped-up posse cut. We find The Native Tongues in effect as the JBs are seen to link up with Tribe's Q-Tip, De La Soul, Queen Latifah and the UK's Monie Love. I thought that it made for a very nice starter on the thing as we get a nice piece where they come in with something smooth to contrast from what the rest of the Hip Hop world was about at the time.
2. "Beyond This World"
We find that here we're taken into what was the original starter tune on the album (for the US release) we see that this one does essentially the same thing as that one, but in a slightly-adapted manner as it isn't about coming with a big ol' crew, but instead with them coming with a little jazzy Hip Hop featuring lots of key samples which manage to get the most out of the stuff they offer to the listeners.
3. "Feelin' All Right"
We see that here they go for a little more throwback Funk to give them the grooves they need to get out of their music. It seemed to make some great results from them as we see just how well they use this and then take on a steady drumloop to enable them to come out with some freaky rhymes that keep you involved and excited about what this thing has to offer and where things could be potentially taken as they use a early eighties approach to MCing.
We see that here they decide to come out with some bright material and a little something that's designed to please everyone through it's aim to bring 'sunshine', however we see that this is done by saying why the sunshine won't come and what exactly is preventing people from having fun in the sun as they would like. They go deep here and show their socially-conscious heads this time around.
5. "What U Waitin' 4?" (Remix)
A remix to the version found on the US issue of the thing, here we get a pretty funky piece and one that really gets you into the move to groove. We find that here they do another tune that shows just how diverse their music is as the sort of Hip Hop that they offer has such innovative production, but the style of their rhymes takes on what was then called the 'Old School' in the pre-Run-D.M.C. days of the genre with general party rhymes.
6. "'U' Make Me Sweat"
This one slaps away nicely and gets you in the mood to really get down through the Electro-Funk samples. I felt that this was a great touch and one that aided them massively. We find that here they come to offer more feel-good material where they're all about having a good time (rather than hounding people with the darkness seen elsewhere in Hip Hop around this time as Gangsta Rap became more prominent).
7. "Acknowledge Your Own History"
We see that here they move back away from the hyped party tunes to take things right back towards the kind of thing that they were more well-known for as they take it to some Afrocentric subject matters here. I felt that it was nice to see them come to rhyme about their roots in Africa here, but I have to say that I wasn't feeling this one in the same way that I had with others here through the record.
8. "Belly-Dancin' Dina"
The breaks go just too hard for this one and they ensure that you simply won't be able to be taken away from the album. We see that they decide to rhyme about the girls for a bit of a change here and I thought that it was just the thing we needed to take the edge off what was heard before it. It makes for a killer and the use of The Ohio Players' "Funky Worm" gives it a little something extra to get excited about.
9. "Good Newz Comin'"
We see that here we get our first major change to the music as here they come to bring a House tune. I have to say that this New York House wasn't really my thing (in the way that Chicago and Detroit's Hip-House scenes were) and so this one wasn't a tune I was drawn towards, however their use of Breakbeats gave it the edge that it needed so that it wouldn't completely be forgotten as a wasteful instrumental track.
10. "Done By The Forces Of Nature"
Normality appears to be restored as here they get right back onto the more typical Hip Hop here. We find that here we get a spacey piece where there's a lot of futuristic sound effects thrown into the mix to give us a nice idea of how things were really being pushed forwards in Hip Hop at the end of the eighties. I thought that it was good to see them taking on the speedy style that became prominent by more mainstream acts in the genre to show that they could hang with those too.
11. "Beeds On A String"
Backed-up by some jingling bells, here we see that the two MCs in the crew come in hard with some raw flows to show further how they are able to hang with the names in the more well-known scene of Hip Hop. From there, we see that we get a tune that has them showing just how diverse their influences are through Rock guitaring and more jazzy touches to show their experimentation and how they are willing to try anything to do what they need to do.
12. "Tribes Vibes"
A tune that features Boogie Down Productions' KRS-One, here we have a raw tune and one that sees them showing how they've managed to find a way to subtly incorporate a little of their House influences into the music whilst keeping things quite straight-forward with the direction of the music sounding as though it was any other tune done during this New Jack Swing period as another big on here.
13. "J. Beez Comin' Through"
This is another nice one where we have them brightening things up and showing just how far they contrast from the raw things coming from elsewhere in the genre (at a time when Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim and N.W.A were all popular. They come to show lots of support for James Brown here through lots of JBs samples (who they owe credit for their name from. It fits in here nicely and fits the way that this album has gone so far.
14. "Black Woman"
Here we get a bit of a dark one from them and so it doesn't have the kind of thing that was heard elsewhere on the thing. I thought that it was nice here to see them coming to do a tune that was really on-trend when you consider the cultural movements effecting the black community (especially in the New York area) at this time, but it didn't do all that much for me as they simply rhyme about their appreciation for black women and their strength (as the most oppressed of all people in society).
15. "In Dayz 2 Come"
For this one we see that they decide to come with more socially-conscious material as they present themselves as the people who paved the way for much of the underground Hip Hop scene through the nineties and beyond. I thought that this was a pretty fresh one from them as they get up over some more typical funky breaks heard during this time, and they juxtapose this with some deep rhymes as they close the album off.
16. "Kool Accordin' 2 A Jungle Brother" (Outro)
I have to say that I was a little disappointed by this album when you consider just how strong their first was and how they were able to go straight with nothing but classics with no room for anything that you could consider to be average. Although I understand that this was just as well-received, some of this just wasn't for me and I thought that it brought things down for them a little as a result.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Beyond This World
2 Feeling Alright
4 What U Waitin' 4
5 U Make Me Sweat
6 Acknowledge Your Own History
7 Belly Dancin' Dina
8 Good Newz Comin'
9 Done By The Forces Of Nature
10 Beeds On A String
11 Tribe Vibes
12 J Beez Comin' Through
13 Black Woman
14 In Dayz 2 Come
15 Doin' Our Own Dang
16 Kool Accordin' 2 A Jungle Brothe