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Album Review

As one of hip-hop's most charismatic contemporary crews, Jurassic 5 have been laying down positive lyrics with true school-influenced rhyme schemes for years. Album three is more of the same from the tight-knit quintet of MCs, but that's certainly no complaint. With solid production from DJ Nu-Mark, Salaam Remi, and Scott Storch, the J5 prove themselves to be the masters of feel-good backpack rap. While some hip-hop purists may be quick to point out the crossover feel of this record (which includes two guest spots from the Dave Matthews Band), Jurassic 5 manage to stay true to their original sound, making the offbeat collaborations work and putting down some of the most consistently clever flows of hip-hop's third decade.

Customer Reviews

I Think I'm Getting Feedback Without Cut Chemist...

J5 is a group I can fairly say does no wrong in my book...Then as production begins on "Feedback" I hear that Cut Chemist won't be participating as he's focusing on a solo effort. It then becomes apparant that he's distanced himself even more as he hasn't played a show with them in over a year and ta' boot - while doing a Brainfreeze set with Shadow at the Keith T. benefit last month - he doesn't even get up to spin alongside J5 for a second. OK - I come to accept that he's now a solo runner and i'm fine with it. Then fast forward to a few weeks ago when I hear the Dave Matthews track, "Work it Out". I Love DMB - but this song is borrrring, jangly and just not what i've come to love from J5. I Don't mind a move to a more commercial effort, but ehh... Nonetheless, once I rocked thru the rest of the record, I was quickly reminded that C-Tuna verbally shreds like no other, Nu-Mark aint no slouch and J5 will always rule the hip-hop charts in my soul...

Not the same J5.

I'm sorry, this just isn't the same J5 I was hoping would be on this album. I don't know if it's the lack of Cut Chemist, or that the group just wanted to try and go in a new direction, or there was pressure from the suits, or a combination of all (or none) of the above. But frankly I'm disappointed. Gone are the old school beats and serious flows that I came to love and respect. I think track number 2 (Radio) says it best. Just want to get on the radio. I guess everyone wants to get paid eventually.

We Would Say Our Rhymes to the Beat Right

I know I’ve said this whenever I talk about rap, but as a youth, I was a huge hip-hop fan. For most of Middle School that was all I listen to. Then as I grew, I listen to less and less because I found it, for the most part, uninspiring. Just the same raps about bling over the same tired beats. Seriously, how hasn’t anyone figured out that Lil’ Jon only has just one song. But anyways. One of the few rap troupes worth listening to, Jurassic 5 is back with their latest album, Feedback. Don’t expect the normal rap fair of recent times because, as they say, “we would say our rhymes to the beat right, but we never indulged in the street life.” The boys came up around the same time as another underground sensation, the Black Eyed Peas, but unlike the Peas, this group didn’t become Jurassic 6 by adding a cast off from Kids Incorporated and not so coincidently Jurassic 5 has yet to have a breakout hit. But on Feedback, the 5 do some things that could be considered selling out. First they brought in Scott Storch, one of many new producers they worked with after longtime DJ Cut Chemist left to pursue a solo career. Storch is best know for being responsible for bringing Paris Hilton and Brooke Hogan to the radio, thanks for that by the way (end sarcasm), produced Brown Girl (Suga Plum). Needless to say this is the weakest track on the album. The other and more successful way the boys try to crossover is the addition of the Dave Matthews Band on the track Work it Out. The collective expands their horizons more than just bringing talented guest, and Scott Storch, like on How Did We End up like This, a smooth track where the group look back at themselves, and possibly hip-hop culture as a whole and wonder what went wrong. But the backpackers are at the top of their games when they kick it old school like Radio. They seamlessly switch between each other before coming together for the chorus and the song should be coming out of your radio’s speakers this summer. In the House sounds like something that could have been heard in New York City in the early eighties. Hopefully the next time around Jurassic 5 don’t call up Scott Storch, because they don’t need him.


Formed: 1993 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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