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Quality Control

Jurassic 5

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In many ways, Quality Control is a product of its time. When it was released in June of 2000, the boom was cresting, the Y2K bug was a joke (not a threat), and the good times seemed endless. J5 were the darlings of 1990s “alternative” rap, and by the time they released this hotly anticipated full-length debut, they’d been toiling in the underground for nearly seven years. Decidedly, even defiantly, old school, Quality Control is a triumph of flow, unity, and positive vibrations--a cheerful party record that is a testament to the power of simplicity. Featuring four rappers and two DJs, it surges with a fresh, exciting, organic sound and boasts deft vocal interplay, soulful, straightforward beats, and the seamless cohesion of the two. Look no further than the Cut Chemist-produced title track, which glides across samples from ‘70s filthy funkster Blowfly and showcases J5’s trademark mix of group vocals and solo spitting. “The Influence,” produced by DJ Nu-Mark, is an anti-bling manifesto that borrows part of its melody from ‘50s jazz vocal group the Hi-Lo’s, of all people. “Jurass Finish First,” another Nu-Mark beat, cops a ‘50s snippet from West Coast jazzman Shelly Manne. Although there are a few “message” tracks, the album’s levity is its greatest asset.

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Jurassic 5 best

Jurassic 5 is a great rap group. Their rhymes are just amazing. This album is more of an alternative rap album. They have fast drum beats in the background of some of there songs and some of them have really slow beats. I really like alternative music and rap so when i hear a group mix these two geners it blew me away. this is a all around good album and j 5 rapping is just amazing to hear. So if your looking for a good rap group/album listen to j 5 or the album quality control. If your looking for good songs on this album my favorites are quality control, the game, jurass finish first, and improvise.

swing set

swing set is one of my favorite songs! jurassic 5 did a great job

Amazing

Guys i dont even listen to rap and when i heard this group, wow i was amazed. Awesome beats topped off with great rhymes.

Biography

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...
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