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

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