When people talk about jungle, they tend to focus on the reggae influences in the genre. Even the jungle revival of the '00s was pretty much exclusively centered around ragga jungle. What folks are forgetting is that hip hop had a HUGE influence on jungle. I mean, the whole 'sampled breakbeats' thing is pretty much a no-brainer, but beyond that there was a big segment of the original jungle scene that drew as heavily from US hip hop (specifically gangsta rap) as it did from reggae.
Hip-hop-centric jungle producers like DJ Hype, Krome and Time, & Remarc were basically poor London hoodrats obsessed with the culture of some other hoodrats eight time zones away (and my 12-year-old self was in turn obsessed with them). Something about these tunes spoke to me as a kid (despite the fact that I was neither a gangsta nor particularly interested in contemporary American hip-hop), and I IDOLIZED these guys as a teenager. So when I started actually making my own jungle records (back when I still made jungle records), I pretty much worked in this same style, co-opting a lot more hip hop and rave than reggae in my tunes.
Anyway, enough of my personal back story. Here is a mix showcasing that more hip-hop-oriented side of the jungle scene. It's mostly oldies, but there are a few newer tunes thrown in as well.
- Marvellous Cain; CB4 (Suburban Base, 1995)
- Vinyl Conflict's Own; Deathrow (Tearin' Vinyl, 1994)
- DJ Hype; Tigerstyle (DJ Krome & Mr. Time Remix) (Ganja, 1994)
- Remarc; In Da Hood (Suburban Base, 1996)
- Hardware; Gangsta Shit (Frontline, 1994)
- City Connection; Impact (Urban Gorilla, 1996)
- Lemon D; This Is L.A. (Metalheadz, 1995)
- Droppin' Science Vol. 7; Ghetto Born Kid (Droppin' Science, 1995)
- Rebel MC; Wardance (Congo Natty, 2004)
- Missing; Known Around The Hood (Tearin' Vinyl, 1995)
- Gang Related & Mask; Tear It Up (Dope Dragon, 1996)
- Remarc; Menace (White House, 1994)
- Majistrate; What's Up (Juice, 1995)
- The Shooter; 9mm (Jungle Sky, 1996)
- Murderbot; More Guns (Dead Homies, 2007)
- DJ Flash; Pulp Fiction (Urban Gorilla, 1995)
- Dynamic Duo; Blazing (Joker Records, 1999)
- Masta Ace Incorporated; Jeep Ass Nigga (Murderbot Remix) (unreleased)
- DJ Zinc; Super Sharp Shooter (Murderbot VIP) (Ganja / unreleased)
- Murderbot; Dead Homies Anthem (Clash Records, 2006)
- DJ Dextrous; Switch VIP (unreleased, 1994-ish)
- Murderbot; Onlyworld (Dead Homies, 2005)
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