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Monday, March 26, 2007

Jurassic 5 - Old school attitude

Jura5001The group debuted for TVT Records in 1990 with a single "Unified Rebelution". Their acclaimed position in the 1990s alternative hip hop movement, alongside artists including Company Flow, Black Star and Kool Keith, was confirmed when the Jurassic 5 EP was released in November 1997.
The EP was later repackaged with additional tracks and released in December 1998 as the band's full-length debut album, entitled Jurassic 5 LP.
The tracks harked back to the old school attitude of New York's Native Tongues Posse, the seminal late 1980s coalition of artists who reaffirmed rap's social agenda, which included De La Soul, the Jungle Brothers and A Tribe Called Quest. This was evident on the song "Concrete Schoolyard" ("Let's take it back to the concrete streets/Original beats from real live MCs"), and the album even provided the troupe with a surprise US Top 40 single when it reached number 35 in November 1998. The other stand-out track, "Jayou", was built around a hypnotic flute loop from Pleasure Web's "Music Man Part 2".
IJura5002n 1999, Jurassic 5 signed to Interscope Records, who re-released the Jurassic 5 EP. This was followed by their second album (their first on a major label), Quality Control.
In 2003, they released their third album, Power In Numbers, which was followed by touring with the newly-revived Lollapalooza festival in the summer of 2003.
Jurassic 5 toured without Cut Chemist, who left the group to pursue a solo career. The remaining 5 members have recorded and have released their 4th album, Feedback, on July 25, 2006.
On March 21st 2007, Zaakir confirmed that the band would be breaking up after their current and final live-tour. In an interview with an Australian news outlet, the rapper stated that while it may not be the most amicable split, it is for the best: "After the tour, that’s basically it. I don’t want to sit here and fake around with it - we’re not seeing eye-to-eye right now.

This show was recorded at London Brixton Academy circa 2003. It was broadcasted on BBC 1XTRA DAB radio.

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