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

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