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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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Jurassic 5

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

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