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Friday, May 08 2015 | 06:30
Image: 1597147 Jurassic 5 flexed serious old-to-the-new muscles in the ‘90s,
beginning with their independently released single
“Unified Rebelution” in 1994, and book-ending with their stellar debut
full-length: 2000’s Quality Control. They walked a tightrope between
underground and mainstream hip-hop, and toured alongside rap peers
as well as punk rockers on the Vans Warped Tour.
With double the pleasure of your average hip-hop group – two DJs and
producers (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark), and four MCs (Chali 2na,
Akil, Marc 7 and Zaakir aka Soup) – they brought the late 1970s
“unison MC” style of pioneering groups like the Fantastic 5 and the
Force MCs to a new generation. Even more surprisingly, they did so out
of Los Angeles, whose hip-hop flavors generally leaned towards
Gangsta, G-Funk or Electro lines. Musically inventive and lyrically
forward-thinking, each song on Quality Control is a new adventure,
exploring engaging territory, delivered via one of the best live hip-hop
shows fans had seen in years.
From singles like the strutting groove of the title track to the throwback
doo-wop samples on “The Influence” and the catchy, keyboard
groove-driven “World of Entertainment (WOE Is Me),” to deeper album
tracks like the lyrical gymnastics of “Jurass Finish First” and the
thought-provoking “Lausd,” Jurassic 5 consistently stepped to the
plate and their fans responded in kind, nearly pushing the album to
Gold status. Add the innovative DJ-and-sample workout which closes
out the album, “Swing Set,” and you have one of the 2000s’ most
unique and solid full-length platters.

SIDE ONE
1. HOW WE GET ALONG
2. THE INFLUENCE
3. GREAT EXPECTATIONS
4. QUALITY CONTROL INTRO
5. QUALITY CONTROL
SIDE TWO
1. CONTACT
2. LAUSD
3. WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT (W.O.E. IS ME)
4. MONKEY BARS
SIDE THREE
1. JURASS FINISH
2. FIRST COMBINATION
3. TWELVE
SIDE FOUR
1. THE GAME
2. IMPROVISE
3. SWING SET Available from 05.06.2015
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