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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.
|A1.||How We Get Along||DJ Nu-Mark||01:14|
|A2.||The Influence||DJ Nu-Mark||03:43|
|A3.||Great Expectations||DJ Nu-Mark||03:52|
|A4.||Quality Intro||Cut Chemist||00:29|
|A5.||Quality Control||Cut Chemist||04:50|
|B3.||W.O.E Is Me (World Of Enterta...||DJ Nu-Mark||04:09|
|B4.||Monkey Bars||DJ Nu-Mark||04:08|
|C1.||Jurass Finish First||DJ Nu-Mark||04:18|
|D1.||The Game||Cut Chemist||04:14|
|D3.||Swing Set||DJ Nu-Mark,...||05:37|
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