Jurassic 5

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Jurassic 5
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Alternative hip hop
Years active 1993–2007, 2013-present
Labels TVT
Interscope
JVC
Associated acts Ozomatli, Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies, Dave Matthews Band, Big Daddy Kane, Heavy D, Percee P, Nelly Furtado, The Pharcyde, Supernatural, Mos Def, DJ Format
Website http://www.jurassic5.com/
Members Akil
Zaakir
Marc 7
DJ Nu-Mark
Chali 2na
Cut Chemist

Jurassic 5 is an American alternative hip hop group formed in 1993 from members of two previous groups, Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee[1] by rappers Charles Stewart (Chali 2na), Dante Givens (Akil), Courtenay Henderson (Zaakir), Marc Stuart (Marc 7), and disc jockeys Mark Potsic (DJ Nu-Mark) and Lucas Macfadden (Cut Chemist).[2] The six piece crew that was formed, came out of the Los Angeles venue Good Life.[3] The group broke up in 2007,[4] shortly after releasing their fourth LP Feedback, citing "musical differences".[5]

History[edit]

Jurassic 5 debuted nationally in 1995 from TVT Records with their first single, "Unified Rebelution". Jurassic 5 released their first record, Jurassic 5 EP, in 1997. After Jurassic 5 put out their first record, it "cemented their position in the 1990s alternative hip hop movement, alongside artists such as Company Flow, Black Star and Kool Keith." [6] The group later signed to Interscope Records and the EP was repackaged with additional tracks and released in December 1998 as the full-length, eponymous debut album entitled Jurassic 5.[4] In an 2002 interview The Sydney Morning Herald, the group explained the origin of their name. Chali 2na revealed, “I played the song to my friend’s mother and she made a joke: ‘You guys think you sound like the Fantastic Five, but you sound more like the Jurassic Five.’ And we started laughing but, well, the name stuck.”[7] It is also widely believed that while the group has 4 emcees that contribute lyrics, their voices combined in harmony, which occurs on nearly every track, is the fifth voice of the group.

This was followed by their second album Quality Control, which peaked at #43 on the Billboard 200.[8]

In 2002, they released their third album, Power In Numbers which peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Jurassic 5 eventually toured without Cut Chemist,[9] who left the group to pursue a solo career.[10] The remaining five members released their fourth and final album, Feedback, on July 25, 2006. The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200.[8]

In April 2014 Jurassic 5 were added to the Glastonbury Festival line up.[11]

In other media[edit]

Jurassic 5's music has been used in several video games. In 2000, "Jayou" was featured in Grind Session. Also in 2000, Jet Set Radio was released in North America including the track "Improvise" from the album Quality Control - though it only appears on the US pressing. All other pressings of the album have the track Concrete And Clay instead - and an instrumental version of the same song. The following year, the track "Great Expectations" from the same album was also included in Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX.[12] The song "In The House" from Feedback was featured in NBA Live 06.[13] while "Red Hot" was featured in SSX On Tour.[14] In 2003, "A Day At The Races" was included in Tony Hawk's Underground. The song "What's Golden" from Power In Numbers was featured in ATV Offroad Fury 2. The song "The Thing About It" was featured on ROAM, a mountain bike film by The Collective.

As well, Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel), in Blade Trinity, had Jurassic 5 on her vampire hunting playlist.

The group featured in the 2001 hip hop documentary Scratch[15]

They were also featured in online magazine, UrbanSouth's elite list of underground hip hop albums.[16]

Breakup[edit]

The group split in 2007.[17] Reasons for the break-up were attributed to disagreements among members of the group.[18]

In 2013, the group re-formed, including the return of Cut Chemist, for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and an international tour, primarily in the UK but also including dates in Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Japan and the United States.[19][20] In an interview with Mr. Wavvy, Chali 2na stated that the group had discussed plans of putting out a live album sometime in the near future.[21] They will play at Glastonbury 2014 and have a Word of Mouth Reunion Tour during the Summer of 2014.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[22]
US
R&B

[23]
US
Rap

[24]
AUS
[25]
CAN
[26]
FRA
[27]
NZ
[28]
SWE
[29]
SWI
[30]
UK
[31]
Jurassic 5 70
Quality Control
  • Released: June 20, 2000 (US)[34]
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
43 33 51 37 23
Power in Numbers
  • Released: October 8, 2002 (US)[36]
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
15 13 16 22 96 46
Feedback 15 12 6 36 27 136 39 25 59
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory!.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
Jurassic 5 EP
  • Released: October 13, 1997 (US)[39]
  • Label: Rumble
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
R&B

[40]
US
R&B
Sales

[41]
US
Rap

[42]
US
Sales

[43]
UK
[44]
"Unified Rebelution"[45] 1995 Non-album single
"Jayou" 1998 66 56 Jurassic 5
"Concrete Schoolyard" 35
"Improvise" 1999 41
"Quality Control" 2000 96 28 12 74 Quality Control
"W.O.E. Is Me (World of Entertainment)" 2001 94 19 8 59
"The Influence"[46]
"Hard Times"
(with The Pharcyde)
2002 44 54 Straight from the Crates, Vol. 1
"What's Golden" 90 35 43 Power in Numbers
"If Only You Knew"[47] 2003
"Freedom" 75
"Thin Line"[48]
"Hey" 2004 46
"Linguistics" 74 143
"Red Hot"[49] 2005 Feedback
"Canto de Osshanha"[50] 2006
"Work It Out"
(featuring Dave Matthews Band)
41 116
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Improvise"[51] 1999 Sway & King Tech This or That
"Lunchtime"[52] 2001 Click Tha Supah Latin Square Won
"Verbal Gunfight"[53] 2002 none One Big Trip soundtrack

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Concrete Schoolyard" 1999 Delaney Bishop[54]
"Quality Control" 2000 Jeff Richter[54]
"The Influence" 2001 Marcos Siega[55]
"What's Golden" 2002 Logan[56]
"Work It Out"
(featuring Dave Matthews Band)
2006 The Malloys[54]
"The Way We Do It" 2014 -

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