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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.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best Hip-Hop Albums Out There

In the age of hip-hop cliches such as wild parties, women, crime, and drugs, these guys are a dose of medicine to help cure you of today's hip-hop ills. The beats are oh so catchy, many of them combining neat samples from the jazz/funk genre, and the DJ effects from Cut Chemist and Nu Mark are superb. The vocals are some of the best in the hip-hop game, with each MC bringing their own special way of rhyming, and when they put themselves together on certain verses and especially on the hooks, its like a hip-hop choir, and you just want to join in on the action. My favorite tracks are "Great Expectations," "Quality Control," and the piano-driven "Jurass Finish First," a track that rocks because of the combo of the verbal-gymnast Chali2NA combines his MC skills with the laid-back style of his partner Marc7. This album will be always a classic for those who like positive hip-hop and those who want intelligence behind their music, rather than the garbage you hear in daily life.

First J-5 album?Buy it.

Hey! You! Thinkin' this album is crud? It's not. Perhaps one of the best hip-hop albums. Cali Tuna gives a fresh new taste in what hip-hop should be. If you wanna be weak and just buy a song off this album definitely make it Jurass Finish First. You have to buy at least one of their songs. You will be addicted. Don't Steal Music!


Well, I didn't used to be the biggest rap/hip-hop fan around....but in my musical quest...I found J5....oh and how beautiful they sound..5 stars to Quality Control


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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