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

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