Monday, 24 June 2013

Rude Bwoy Monty - Jungle Man


Rude Bwoy Monty - Jungle Man (Frontline Record, 1994)

I'll finish off this look at Dr. Dre/Eazy-E related material from the True Playaz/Frontline collective with this tune from Rahman Herbert AKA Rude Bwoy Monty. It was the first release for both Frontline and Monty and the producer later revealed to Knowledge Magazine that he "only ever wanted to do one record... When I was a kid I always dreamt of being in a band or something, so actually seeing my name on a piece of vinyl meant a lot to me." Of course he would go on to release several other big jungle tunes including Warp 9 Mr. Zulu and Steppa's Anthem.

Among several other vocal samples Monty uses the "Oooh, Yeah, Yeah" from the end of 'Fuck Wit Dre Day (and Everybody's Celebratin')' which was also used by Ray Keith on 'The Chopper'. The track opens with a loop of the vocal and beat from 'Watch Who You Drape' by Terror Fabulous: "Watch who you drape up no foolish, oh yes, it could be a junglist, junglist". It then drops in to a murky bassline topped with horns which sound like they're taken from a hip-hop tune* before switching to a heavy reversed bassline with drums using the Soul Pride and Sesame Street breaks. A couple of other ragga vocals are used throughout including the title lending "Jungle man...". Not as well known as it's flipside 'Out In Da Streets' but a great track nevertheless.

You can purchase the digital of 'Jungle Man' at Beatport.

* UPDATE 07/04/15 Thanks to reader Johnny Bratwurst who revealed the source of this to be the hardcore hip-hop of Onyx's 'Bacdafucup'.

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