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Jurassic 5 Biography

The moment was ripe for renewal. In the center of the stage was a huge,
almost cartoonish turntable anchored by the Jurassic 5 logo in its center.
Scratches are heard from DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist, the beat drops
and Zaakir emerges, mic in hand, followed by Chali 2na’s distinct,
baritone cadence. Then Marc 7 and Akil join the onstage theatrics and
for a moment it felt like 1997 all over again. Not bad for a group that
called it quits in 2007. This was 2013 and like David Bowie once said:
“It was alright...the band was back together.”
Jurassic 5 was in fact formed of six members; two DJs/Producers coupled
with four distinct rappers who, when performing sequences
simultaneously, was perfectly tempered, making their early releases
stand above the experimental rap that was burgeoning at the time. They
weren’t throwback or old school, but they embodied a nostalgic sound
that was also at once fresh. Their first release, The Jurassic 5 EP, had
songs like “Concrete Schoolyard” and “Jayou”, quickly turned heads to
their relaxed yet detailed sound. It also contained “Lesson 6: The
Lecture”, an instrumental opus that underscored the group’s deep
production value. Fans worldwide became aware of J5’s dynamic stage
show during this era.
Their next release, a gold selling Quality Control, was a more fully
realized effort which was a charting album on the Billboard Charts,
peaking at #43 and largely introduced them to the masses worldwide.
Tracks like “Quality Control”, “Jurass Finish First” and “Swing Set” –
became the group’s signature sound, a development of intricate yet
simple back-and-forth group dynamics accompanied by deep rooted
production from Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark. As momentum
snowballed, their next effort, Power in Numbers produced “Day At The
Races” featuring legendary Big Daddy Kane and a Hip Hop classic
entitled “What’s Golden” which led the group to performances on
national television including Conan Obrien and David Letterman.
Feedback (released and distributed worldwide by Interscope) both
reached #15 on the Billboard Charts in 2006, would be their last official
outing, as Cut Chemist left to pursue solo works. They toured the globe,
made fans internationally while many rediscovered their back-catalogue.
A year later, the group parted ways. In the years in between, their lore
grew on soundtracks and in video games. Members’ solo efforts were
well received. Given that everyone left amicably, a reunion was always
possible, and yielded two huge European tours when it finally did. A
performance at Japan’s Fuji Rock was particularly praised which led to
more large-scale North American tour-stops. It had been sixteen years
since their “playground tactics, the rabbit in a hat trick” and not a beat
had skipped.
The six-member tribe, now of age and full of know-how, are reaching a
stage in their career where their full rise will be marked in an upcoming
documentary feature currently in the works. This March J5 will tour
Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. In June they are back
in Europe for a 3 week run...Then in July and August, their spectacular
‘Word Of Mouth’ Tour featuring Dilated Peoples, & The World Famous
Beat Junkies.
As DJ Nu-Mark aptly told the LA Times before their reunion at Coachella,
this right here is a “Rebirth”.

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