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 an adventure, exploring engaging territory, delivered via one of the best live hip-hop acts to come out in years.
- double vinyl repress
- music label: Interscope 2000 / Get On Down 2015
reviewed by Kool Moby 07/2015
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