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My Year of Mixtapes Week 51: Gangsta Jungle

My Year of Mixtapes Week 51: Gangsta Jungle

Playing tracks by

Marvellous cain, Vinyl Conflict's Own, DJ HYPE, Remarc, Hardware and more.

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... (full text at