- Will Fulton
Rap group. Its members were Afrika Baby Bam (Nathanial Hall; b Brooklyn, NY), Mike Gee (Michael Small; b Harlem, NY), and, until 1997, DJ Sammy B (Samuel Burrell; b Harlem, NY). They were members of the Native Tongues, a collective of like-minded Afrocentric rappers that included De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Queen Latifah. Their early music was produced by DJ Red Alert, and they were affiliated with Afrika Bambaataa, from whom the rapper Afrika Baby Bam drew his pseudonym. After making “The Promo” (1988) for Red Alert’s WBLS radio show, the group recorded their first album, Straight out the Jungle (Warlock, 1988). The album represented a new style in hip-hop, with its mellow, Afrocentric lyrics, jazz samples, and moody textures; it was a critical influence in the development of “alternative rap” styles. It also featured the first hip-house recording, “I’ll House You.”
The group’s second album, ...