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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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Albums by
Jurassic 5

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    J 5

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    Feedback

    15 songs

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    Feedback

    17 songs

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    Power in Numbers

    17 songs

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    Power in Numbers

    15 songs

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    Quality Control

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    Quality Control

    1 song

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    Work It Out

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    Linguistics

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    Improvise

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    J5 Deluxe Re-Issue

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    Work It Out Feat. Dave Matthews

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    What's Golden?

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    Feedback (+ Bonus)

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    Power in Numbers

    29 songs

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    Quality Control [Australia Bonus CD]

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    Jurassic 5

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    Jurassic 5

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    Jurassic 5 [11th Anniversary Edition]

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    Jurassic 5

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    Power in Numbers [Bonus Track]


Top Songs by
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  2.   What's Golden
  3.   High Fidelity
  4.   Quality Control
  5.   Jayou
  6.   Concrete Schoolyard
  7.   Swing Set
  8.   Jayou
  9.   Lausd
  10.   Canto de Ossanha
  11.   Work It Out
  12.   Jurass Finish First
  13.   Get It Together
  14.   After School Special
  15.   World of Entertainment (Woe Is Me)
  16.   React
  17.   Improvise
  18.   Break
  19.   One of Them
  20.   Rubber Tires
  21.   Action Satisfaction
  22.   A Day at the Races
  23.   Freedom
  24.   Monkey Bars
  25.   The Game
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