Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
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 a new adventure, exploring engaging territory, delivered via one of the best live hip hop shows fans had seen in years.
From singles like the strutting groove of the title track to the throwback doo wop samples on The Influence and the catchy, keyboard groove driven World of Entertainment (WOE Is Me), to deeper album tracks like the lyrical gymnastics of Jurass Finish First and the thought provoking Lausd.
Jurassic 5 consistently stepped to the plate and their fans responded in kind, nearly pushing the album to Gold status. Add the innovative DJ and sample workout which closes out the album, Swing Set, and you have one of the 2000s’ most unique and solid full length platters.
1. How We Get Along
2. The Influence
3. Great Expectations
4. Quality Control Intro
5. Quality Control
8. World Of Entertainment (W.O.E. Is Me)
9. Monkey Bars
10. Jurass Finish
11. First Combination
13. The Game
15. Swing Set