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Jurassic 5

Jurassic 5
2002
Background information
Origin Los Angeles
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 by members of two previous groups (Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee[1]): rappers Charles Stewart (Chali 2na), Dante Givens (Akil), Courtenay Henderson (Zaakir aka Soup), 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] but returned to the stage in 2013 and released a new track in 2014.[6] The members have continued to release music, the most recent of which is Nu-Mark's 2014 EP with Pharcyde member Slimkid3 (released on Delicious Vinyl).

Contents

  • History 1
  • In other media 2
  • Breakup 3
  • Discography 4
    • Studio albums 4.1
    • Extended plays 4.2
    • Singles 4.3
    • Guest appearances 4.4
    • Music videos 4.5
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

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." 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

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] and "Work it Out" was in NBA Live 07 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.

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

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. They have subsequently played 2 sets at Blues and Roots Festival Byron Bay Australia April 2015, and Bestival in September 2015.

Discography

Studio albums

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
  • Released: June 1, 1998 (UK)[32]
  • Label: Pan
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
70
  • BPI: Gold[33]
Quality Control
  • Released: June 20, 2000 (US)[34]
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
43 33 51 37 23
  • US: 387,000[35]
  • BPI: Silver[33]
Power in Numbers
  • Released: October 8, 2002 (US)[36]
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
15 13 16 22 96 46
  • US: 379,000[37]
  • BPI: Silver[33]
Feedback
  • Released: July 25, 2006 (US)[38]
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
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

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

Singles

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

[40]
US
Rap

[41]
UK
[42]
"Unified Rebelution"[43] 1995 Non-album single
"Jayou" 1998 56 Jurassic 5
"Concrete Schoolyard" 35
"Improvise" 1999
"Quality Control" 2000 96 12 Quality Control
"W.O.E. Is Me (World of Entertainment)" 2001 94 8
"The Influence"[44]
"Hard Times"
(with The Pharcyde)
2002 Straight from the Crates, Vol. 1
"What's Golden" 90 Power in Numbers
"If Only You Knew"[45] 2003
"Freedom"
"Thin Line"[46]
"Hey" 2004
"Linguistics" 143
"Red Hot"[47] 2005 Feedback
"Canto de Osshanha"[48] 2006
"Work It Out"
(featuring Dave Matthews Band)
116
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Improvise"[49] 1999 Sway & King Tech This or That
"Lunchtime"[50] 2001 Click Tha Supah Latin Square Won
"Verbal Gunfight"[51] 2002 none One Big Trip soundtrack

Music videos

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Concrete Schoolyard" 1999 Delaney Bishop[52]
"Quality Control" 2000 Jeff Richter[52]
"The Influence" 2001 Marcos Siega[53]
"What's Golden" 2002 Logan[54]
"Work It Out"
(featuring Dave Matthews Band)
2006 The Malloys[52]
"The Way We Do It" 2014 Alex Knudsen

References

  1. ^ Jee, Bevan. "Old school Classic Jurassic 5 Interview". Bombhiphop.com. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pop: Jurassic 5's monster success" by Tim Perry, The Independent, May 16, 1998].
  3. ^ [3] by Last.fm, "Jurassic 5", Retrieve April 7, 2012.
  4. ^ a b 2na learning to swim alone by Mike Devlin, The Times-Colonist, September 23, 2010
  5. ^ [4] by John Bush: Rovi, "Jurassic 5 Biography", Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Jurassic 5 Sample the White Stripes on "The Way We Do It", Their First New Song in Eight Years". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jurassic 5 Explain Origin Of Their Name". Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Jurassic 5 Chart History, billboard.com, Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "www.pixelsurgeon.com / server maintenance". Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Home - Cut Chemist". Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Pretty Good Digital. "2014 - Glastonbury Festival". Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  12. ^ April 10, 2001 4:39PM PDT (2001-09-30). "Soundtrack for Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX announced". GameSpot.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  13. ^ NBA Live 06 Soundtrack, ign.com, September 13, 2005
  14. ^ SSX On Tour Soundtrack Announced, tvg.com, by Jon Wilcox, September 12, 2005
  15. ^ "Scratch". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  16. ^ "Top 5 underground hip hop albums that will cleanse the soul". UrbanSouth. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  17. ^ "Jurassic 5 announce split". NME. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Rapper Bitter About Jurassic 5 Split". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  19. ^ Nicole Pajer (April 13, 2013). "Jurassic 5 Talks Reunion, Doc Plans Backstage At Coachella". Billboard.com. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  20. ^ Jake Paine (April 24, 2013). "Jurassic 5 Announces International Summer Tour Dates". Hip Hop DX. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) - Mr. Wavvy Ep. 1". YouTube. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "Jurassic 5 – Chart History: Billboard 200".  
  23. ^ "Jurassic 5 – Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums".  
  24. ^ "Jurassic 5 – Chart History: Rap Albums".  
  25. ^ "Discography Jurassic 5". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  26. ^ Peak chart positions for albums in Canada:
    • Quality Control: "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 71, No. 10, July 10, 2000".  
    • Feedback: "Albums: Top 100 (For The Week Ending 3 August, 2006)".  
  27. ^ "Discographie Jurassic 5". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Discography Jurassic 5". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Discography Jurassic 5". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Discography Jurassic 5". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Jurassic 5" (select "Albums" tab).  
  32. ^ "Jurassic 5".  
  33. ^ a b c "Certified Awards" (enter "Jurassic 5" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search").  
  34. ^ "Quality Control by Jurassic 5".  
  35. ^ "'"Jurassic 5 Fights The 'Power.  
  36. ^ Bush, John. "Power in Numbers – Jurassic 5".  
  37. ^ "Jurassic 5 Nabs DMB, Mos Def For New Album".  
  38. ^ Bush, John. "Feedback – Jurassic 5".  
  39. ^ "100 Essential Rap EPs – The Best of the Short & Sweet".  
  40. ^ "Jurassic 5 – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs".  
  41. ^ "Jurassic 5 – Awards".  
  42. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
    • "Jayou" and "Concrete Schoolyard": "Jurassic 5" (select "Singles" tab).  
    • "Linguistics" and "Work It Out": Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Candy J. – JX". zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  43. ^ "Unified Rebellion – Jurassic 5".  
  44. ^ The Influence (track listing). Jurassic 5.  
  45. ^ "If Only You Knew – Jurassic 5".  
  46. ^ Thin Line (track listing). Jurassic 5.  
  47. ^ "Red Hot – Jurassic 5".  
  48. ^ "Canto de Ossanha/Turn It Out [Single] – Jurassic 5".  
  49. ^ Conaway, Matt. "This or That – Sway & King Tech".  
  50. ^ Love, Bret. "Square Won – Click Tha Supah Latin".  
  51. ^ Valdivia, Victor W. "One Big Trip – Various Artists".  
  52. ^ a b c "Jurassic 5".  
  53. ^ Schumacher-Rasmussen, Eric (April 5, 2001). "Jurassic 5 Spreading 'Influence' On College Campuses".  
  54. ^ Moss, Corey (August 7, 2002). "Nelly Furtado, Big Daddy Kane On New Jurassic 5 Album".  

External links

  • Official Jurassic 5 site
  • Official Interscope Records site
  • Jurassic 5 at AllMusic
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