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Jurassic 5

Though there's actually six of them, Jurassic 5 got everything else right on their self-titled debut EP. Part of the new rap underground of the late '90s (along with Company Flow, Mos Def, Dr. Octagon, and Sir Menelik), the sextet -- rappers Marc 7even, Chali 2na, Zaakir, and Akil, plus producers Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark -- came together in 1993 at the Los Angeles café/venue named the Good Life. The six members were part of two different crews, Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee; after collaborating on a track, they combined into Jurassic 5 and debuted in 1995 with the "Unified Rebellion" single for TVT Records. At the tail end of 1997, the Jurassic 5 EP appeared and was hailed by critics as one of the freshest debuts of the year (if not the decade). Both Cut Chemist and Chali 2na are also part of the Latin hip-hop collective Ozomatli, while Chemist himself recorded several mixtapes plus the wide-issue album Future Primitive Soundsession (with Shortkut from Invisibl Skratch Piklz). The year 2000 found the group on tour with Fiona Apple and on the Warped Tour, just in time for the release of Quality Control that summer. Live work continued during 2000-2001, and a second record (Power in Numbers) appeared by the end of 2002. Jurassic 5 earned new fans -- many outside of hip-hop -- by playing some unconventional venues, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and the Warped Tour. By 2006, Cut Chemist had left the group to pursue his production and DJ ambitions; the remaining quintet enlisted producers including Salaam Remi, Scott Storch, and Exile (as well as in-house talent DJ Nu-Mark) to record their third full LP, Feedback, released in July 2006. Less than a year later, however, the group called it quits, citing "musical differences." They reunited in spring 2013, playing Coachella and later announcing a full summer tour. ~ John Bush
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Stations Featuring
Jurassic 5

    '00s Hip-Hop

    '00s Hip-Hop
    1 song

    West Coast Hip-Hop

    West Coast Hip-Hop
    1 song

Albums by
Jurassic 5

Top Songs by
Jurassic 5

  1.   Song
  2.   What's Golden
  3.   High Fidelity
  4.   Quality Control
  5.   Jayou
  6.   Concrete Schoolyard
  7.   Swing Set
  8.   Lausd
  9.   Work It Out
  10.   Canto de Ossanha
  11.   Jurass Finish First
  12.   Get It Together
  13.   Customer Service
  14.   World of Entertainment (Woe Is Me)
  15.   After School Special
  16.   Jayou
  17.   Improvise
  18.   React
  19.   One of Them
  20.   Action Satisfaction
  21.   Linguistics
  22.   This Is
  23.   The Influence
  24.   The Joint Freestyle
  25.   (Who's Gonna Be The) Next Victim
  26.   The Rhythm
  27.   TV Version
  28.   Instrumental
  29.   Album Version
  30.   Gotta Understand
  31.   Radio
  32.   Back 4 U
  33.   Blacktop Beat
  34.   Thin Line
  35.   Remember His Name
  36.   Break
  37.   If You Only Knew
  38.   Freedom
  39.   Acetate Prophets
  40.   I Am Somebody
  41.   Verbal Gunfight
  42.   Contact
  43.   Lesson 6 (Reprise)
  44.   Without A Doubt
  45.   Power 106
  46.   Wake Up Promo
  47.   Jayou Remix
  48.   The Joint Promo
  49.   Lesson Four: The Radio
  50.   Ghetto Diplomat
  51.   Long Road To Glory
  52.   Rubber Tires
  53.   Ignition Sequence
  54.   Acappella
  55.   End Up Like This
  56.   Turn It Out
  57.   Red Hot
  58.   J Resume (Skit)
  59.   Future Sound
  60.   Where We At
  61.   Baby Please
  62.   Brown Girl (Suga Plum)
  63.   DDT by Kool Keith
  64.   Sum of Us
  65.   A Day at the Races
  66.   Hey
  67.   Ducky Boy
  68.   Unified Rebelution
  69.   The Game
  70.   Contribution
  71.   Monkey Bars
  72.   Great Expectations
  73.   How We Get Along
  74.   Twelve
  75.   Sausage Gut
  76.   Setup
  77.   Lesson 6: The Lecture
  78.   Quality Control, Pt. 2
  79.   In the Flesh
  80.   Concrete and Clay
  81.   In the House

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