Done by the Forces of Nature

Done By the Forces of Nature
Studio album by Jungle Brothers
Released November 8, 1989
Recorded 1988–1989
Genre Hip hop
Length 60:07
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Jungle Brothers, Kool DJ Red Alert (exec.)
Jungle Brothers chronology
Straight Out the Jungle
Done by the Forces of Nature
J Beez wit the Remedy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[2]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (A)[4]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[5]
The New York Times (favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
Spin (favorable)[8]
Trouser Press (favorable)[9]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[10]

Done by the Forces of Nature is the second studio album by American hip hop group Jungle Brothers, released November 9, 1989 on Warner Bros. Records.[1] Recording sessions for the album took place in 1989 at Calliope Studios in New York City, and production was handled by the Jungle Brothers.[11] It was mixed at Apollo Studios by Kool DJ Red Alert and the Jungle Brothers.[11] The album's title may refer to a line from the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture, wherein Krishna says "Those who are deluded by the illusive power (Maya) of Nature become attached to the work done by the forces of nature," 3:28.

Done by the Forces of Nature peaked at number 46 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It also received rave reviews from music critics who praised its Afrocentric themes, clever lyrics, house-influenced production, and eclectic sampling of music genres such as jazz, R&B, funk, and African music. Done by the Forces of Nature has been considered a golden age hip hop classic, as well as one of the greatest and influential hip hop albums of all time. In 1998, The Source magazine selected the album as one of its 100 Best Rap Albums.



Done by the Forces of Nature peaked at number 46 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It received general acclaim from music critics, who praised its Afrocentric themes, witty lyrics, funk-based sampling, and house-influenced production.[1][2][3][8][12] The album received maximum ratings from both the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times publications.[3][5] The former publication's Robert Tanzilo cited it as "one of the brightest records of the year".[3] The latter's Duff Marlowe praised the album's diverse sound and lyrical themes, including social consciousness and individual self-realization.[5] He wrote that the Jungle Brothers "present a vision of urbanized naturalism, a subversive and funky anti-intellectualism".[5] The Boston Globe called the album "some seriously intense music that makes the commercial raps of Tone-Loc and DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince sound like a child's play".[2] The New York Times noted its lyrical allusions to hip hop and African-American culture that are "enriching an always solid dance beat".[6]

Rolling Stone writer Michael Azerrad gave the album four out of five stars and praised its lyrical substance, stating "the Jungle Brothers' positive, spiritual vibe (a direct descendant of Earth, Wind and Fire's) is as hip as their music".[7] Yahoo! Music's Brett Anderson described it as the Jungle Brothers' "stab at edutainment".[10] Steve Huey of Allmusic praised the album's eclectic sound and sampling of music genres such as jazz, R&B, and African music.[1] In comparing the album to the Jungle Brothers' landmark debut album, Straight Out the Jungle (1988), Huey wrote that Done by the Forces of Nature "feels more realized in many respects, and is arguably the more satisfying listen".[1] French newspaper Le Monde called the album "brilliant",[12] and The Village Voice's Robert Christgau gave it an A rating,[4] indicating "a great record both of whose sides offer enduring pleasure and surprise. You should own it".[13] Christgau praised its musical and lyrical quality and elaborated on its significance, stating:

Somehow these young Afro-New Yorkers have evolved a rap version of urban African pop at its most life-affirming: the boasts low-key, the propaganda beyond hostility, the samples evoking everything tolerant and humane in recent black-music memory, this is music designed to comfort and sustain.[4]
—Robert Christgau

The album has been considered a classic of hip hop's golden age and one of the most influential albums in hip hop.[14][15] It has also been described by critics as an "underrated classic".[14][16] The Chicago Tribune's Rick Reger called it a "masterpiece ... one of hip-hop's most imaginative, engaging records".[17] In retrospect, Rolling Stone's Nathan Brackett wrote "At their prime in the late '80s, the Jungle Brothers reflected all of hip-hop's potential – their second album, 1989's spiritual, street-wise Done by the Forces of Nature, was as conscious as it was funky and stands out as one of the most overlooked rap albums of that decade."[18] The Rolling Stone Album Guide comments that the "Jungle Brothers were ahead of their time" with the album and cites the track "Doin' Our Own Dang" as "the definitive Native Tongues posse cut".[19] Rolling Stone placed it thirty-seventh on its list of the 50 Coolest Records of All Time.[20] In 1998, Done by the Forces of Nature was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[21]

Track listing

All songs composed by the Jungle Brothers, except "Doin' Our Own Dang", which was composed by De La Soul, the Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip, and Sister Monie.

  1. "Beyond This World" – 4:08
  2. "Feelin' Alright" – 3:35
  3. "Sunshine" – 3:44
  4. "What U Waitin' 4?" – 4:02
  5. "U Make Me Sweat" – 3:59
  6. "Acknowledge Your Own History" (with Vinia Mojica) – 3:38
  7. "Belly Dancin' Dina" – 3:41
  8. "Good Newz Comin'" – 4:37
  9. "Done by the Forces of Nature" (with Jungle DJ Towha Towha) – 3:47
  10. "Beeds on a String" – 3:32
  11. "Tribe Vibes" – 3:53
  12. "J. Beez Comin' Through" – 3:32
  13. "Black Woman" (with Caron Wheeler) – 3:54
  14. "In Dayz 2 Come" – 3:54
  15. "Doin' Our Own Dang" (with De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Q-Tip and Monie Love) – 4:16
  16. "Kool Accordin' "2" a Jungle Brother" – 1:55

(*)The European version has "Doin' Our Own Dang (Do It To The JB's Mix)" as track 1 and "What U Waitin' 4? (Jungle Fever Mix)" as track 5, replacing the versions of those songs on the other release.

Chart history

Year Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
1988 46[22]


  • Jungle Brothers - design, reproduction
  • DJ Red Alert - executive producer, mixing
  • A Tribe Called Quest - performer
  • De La Soul - performer
  • KRS-One - performer
  • Monie Love - performer
  • Gregg Mann - engineer
  • Greg Curry - engineer
  • Dr. Shane Faber - keyboards, engineer
  • Abdullah Rahman - artwork
  • DJ Towa - design
  • DJ Towa Towa - performer
  • Caron Wheeler - performer


  1. ^ a b c d e Huey, Steve. Review: Done by the Forces of Nature. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-07-29.
  2. ^ a b c Morse, Steve. "Review: Done by the Forces of Nature". The Boston Globe: January 25, 1990.
  3. ^ a b c d Tanzilo, Robert. "Review: Done by the Forces of Nature". Chicago Tribune: 15.G. December 7, 1989. Archived from the original on 2009-08-15.
  4. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert (February 6, 1990). Consumber Guide: Done by the Forces of Nature. The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2011-02-13.
  5. ^ a b c d Marlowe, Duff. Review: Done by the Forces of Nature. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-07-29.
  6. ^ a b Watrous, Peter. Review: Done by the Forces of Nature. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-07-29.
  7. ^ a b Azerrad, Michael. Review: Done by the Forces of Nature. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2008-11-27.
  8. ^ a b Tate, Greg. "Review: Done by the Forces of Nature". Spin: 73–74. January 1990.
  9. ^ Azerrad, Michael. Review: Done by the Forces of Nature. Trouser Press. Retrieved on 2009-07-29.
  10. ^ a b Anderson, Brett. Review: Done by the Forces of Nature. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-07-29.
  11. ^ a b Track listing and credits as per liner notes for Done by the Forces of Nature
  12. ^ a b Sotinel, Thomas. "Review: Done by the Forces of Nature". Le Monde: March 16, 1990.
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert. CG: Grades 1969-89. Robert Christgau. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.
  14. ^ a b Larkin, Colin. "Review: Done by the Forces of Nature". Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music: March 1, 2002.
  15. ^ Drever, Andrew. Jungle Brothers Still Untamed. The Age. Retrieved on 2009-07-29.
  16. ^ Lindsey, Craig D. Back to the Jungle. Houston Press. Retrieved on 2009-07-29.
  17. ^ Reger, Rick. "New Magic from the Crazy Jungle Brothers". Chicago Tribune: 4. December 20, 2002.
  18. ^ Brackett, Nathan. Review: Raw Deluxe. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-07-29.
  19. ^ Hoard, Christian. "Review: Done by the Forces of Nature". Rolling Stone: 444. November 2, 2004.
  20. ^ Brackett, Nathan. Eliscu, Jenny. Fine, Jason. Fricke, David. "The 50 Coolest Records of All Time". Rolling Stone: Issue 893. April 11, 2002.
  21. ^ Staff. "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source: Issue 100. January 1998.
  22. ^ Billboard Albums: Done by the Forces of Nature. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.


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