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Jurassic 5
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J5.jpgGrinding is nothing new for Jurassic 5. Since ’95, the crew of Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7even, DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist have been stomping through the L.A. underground scene like a herd of rappin’ T. Rexes. After three celebrated LPs and losing Cut Chemist to a solo career, the boys are back with their latest offering, Feedback, which features true-school flows and cadences that fit the crew like a furry Kangol.

Paying tribute to ’80s hip-hop, Jurassic rework the Crash Crew’s classic hook from “On the Radio” for the Salaam Remi–produced “Radio.” Nu-Mark, who handles the majority of the production, keeps the throwback feeling in motion with the park jam jump-off “In the House.” Backed by a funky bass line and crisp hand claps, the quintet adopts an old-school flow and trade lighthearted lines like, “J5 MCs here to rock/Rhymes like ours could never be stopped/You heard the four of us, even though it’s six/Guaranteed to succeed by bringing you this!”

Other producers like Exile (“Baby Please”) and Scott Storch (“Brown Girl”) slide through to deliver some sonic variance. Problem is, even when the beats step out of the past and charge into modern times, Jurassic maintains the same dated flow, which eventually gets boring. Both the conga-and guitar-infused “Red Hot” and the call-and response–formatted “Turn It Out” could easily be mistaken for lost material from the hip-hop archives. Thankfully, Charli manages to be a competent scene stealer on the funky-fresh “Gotta Understand,” where he spits, “Some of you women are men’s mirrors/I know some women who dodge balls like Ben Stiller.”

Although this is an admirable nod to hip-hop’s boom-bap roots, Jurassic’s new disc lacks any material that reflects the genre’s evolution. Alienating a huge chunk of their younger audience with prehistoric flows and concepts, the West Coast collective is unlikely to get the feedback they wanted.—MALIK COWARD

  • H-man

    Interscope?

  • BLK London

    Interscope???

    Hold on…..Jimmy Invione (or however you spell hes flippin surname!) cosigned Jurassic 5?

    No offence to Jurassic 5, we need them in in the game (you know to balance out all the NON-THOUGHTFUL HIP HOP BULLSHIT
    *cough*chingy*cough*PAUL WALL*D4l*J-Kwon*cough)

    but….

    AT INTERSCOPE!!

    Good luck to them but
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    I aint copin their album.

  • H-man

    Interscope???

  • jus

    they been on interscope since they 1st join. ima cop the album..
    i think they can sell on interscope,hell black eyed peas did.

  • http://www.fotolog.com/nandele/ Monkey Barz

    i love this guys their hot!!!
    Good vibe hip hop ya dig.

    Peace and love…Jah bless
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  • H.E.R.

    I would think that the cut chemist “Audience’s Listening” album is the one to pick up on 7/11. That’s brainfreeze y’all.

  • http://MYSPACE AM I TRIPPIN YALL

    I WOULD NEVER BE COUGHT DEAD WITH A J FIVE CD, I CANT STAND THESE MELROSE HOLLYWOODISH L.A UNDERGROUND CATS, I MEAN THEY JUST REMIND ME OF SOME OLD ASS WHOODINI FURIOUS FIVE TYPE OF NIGGAS, IF IT AINT ROUGH IT AINT ME STR8 UP AND DOWN, WHY WASTE GOOD MONEY ON SOME BULLSHIT I MEAN IF YOUR GOING TO GET A BUDGET MIGHT AS WELL GO ALL OUT AND DROP SOME SHIT THAT YOU REALLY SEE ON THE STREET I MEAN LOOK AT FIFTY, LOOK AT ALL THE BULL SHIT OUT RIGHT NOW, I MEAN THEY FROM L.A RIGHT IM PRETTY SURE THEY SEE SOME MURDEROUS L.A SHIT JUMPING OFF SO SPIT BOUT DAT, FUCK THAT COLLEGE CAMPUS RAP KNOW THY SELF SHIT, PERFECT CIRCLE AND ALL THAT BLACK SHIT JIBERISH NIGGAS DONT GIVE A FUCK BOUT THAT. THESE ARE REAL TIMES REAL ISSUES CRACKIN OFF, YOU THINK MUFUCKAS WANT TO HEAR SOME “HIP HOP THE HIBBIDY” SHIT NIGGA HELL NAW

  • YES YOU ARE TRIPPIN

    i bet every rapper you listen to raps about the same stupid shit in every song you fuckin ignorant retard!! not everyone wants to hear about girls, money, violence, drugs, and material objects every 5 seconds you fuckin loser!! “IF IT AINT ROUGH IT AINT ME ” shut the fuck up you insecure piece of shit!! that makes you sound so ignorant its not even funny! you listen to music to make you feel tough? LOL!! and what the fuck real issues are you talkin about?? J5 rap about politics and shit your dumb ass can’t even understand!

  • scott storch?

    The problem isn’t their ‘prehistoric’ concepts but that they’re no longer embracing them. When I get a J5 album I get it for the old school beats and rhymes, not for the shameless crossover bids with Scott Storch. (“Don’t Say Nuthin”, anyone?) If the “younger audience” is who they’re trying to please with this album then they’re going to lose this fan who’s loved them ever since the EP.

  • pop a poppa

    its funny how the people who fuckin’ yell on here (all caps) are the lame bastards that don’t know shit

  • http://MINDSTATELA HELTAH SIN SAY

    THESED CATS ARE WACK ALL THE WAY AROUND, WHOS FAVOR ARE THEY? ID RATHER HERE LITTLE BOW WOW OR BONE CRUSHER

  • http://MINDSTATELA HELTAH SIN SAY

    P.S “THE VERBAL HERMAN MUNSTER” THATS SOME WACK SHIT TO CALL YO DELF, ALL YOU COLLEGE YUPPIES GO GET YO WET WIPES. WHUT A WASTE OF STUDIO TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jayou

    Im a disappointed j5 fan. If you have heard the “work it out” single, then thats very much the tone of the rest of the album.

    I think the J5 boys have been listening to too much mainstream music, they have lost their sound. And as for “Jurassic’s new disc lacks any material that reflects the genre’s evolution”, WTF you call early hip-hop to todays hip-hop of 50 cent etc “evolution”!?

  • Blakk

    I heard their single with Dave Matthews and I wasn’t really feeling it. I’ve been down since the EP and I’ve copped every disc since, but this one might not get got. Their sound is changing up with trying to keep up with the mainstream. But I won’t judge on just one song. I’ll wait for more samples. One

  • navidos

    Been looking forward to hearing this for a long time and I don’t what the fuck y’all hearing but it ain’t what i just heard. Amazing flow, fresh original production…unique. This album sets itself apart in a whole new category and each track bites at me with originality, something that this artform seriously lacks nowadays. These mc’s have set a high standard for all others, maturing through each album. Neva forget where it began, I didn’t and neither did they..10/10

  • xkulaxada

    i mean, c’mon… let’s be realistic here… how come, a fuckin fifty cent has a XL rate on that wack shit “the Massacre” and J5 got a L? Because 50 sells more. In this magazine the question isn’t “is it good?” but “does it sell?” and that’s fuckin sad, man. I’ve listened to J5′s album and it is damn nice, really good. of course, for someaone who only listens to gangsta rap maybe it isn’t the best choice, but for a true hip-hop fan it is.

  • DUNC4N™

    The album is off the hook, why people slate music they haven’t even heard I will never understand.

    There are only two problems with this otherwise excellent record. I actually think “Work It Out” is okay but it’s easily the second weakest track on there. The main problem is “Brown Girl” which is by far the worst thing I have ever heard come out of the J5 camp. Truly awful, awful stuff. Terrible idea/hook/beat, it really reaches a low I never thought I’d hear these guys at. Such a shame since every other track is fantastic.

    That being said I would suggest people get a hold of this album and ACTUALLY LISTEN TO IT. Give it it’s fair chance and I can’t see how you couldn’t enjoy it.

  • viber

    I agree with those who havent typed in caps.

    If u like listening to music about nigaz, bitches, guns (nbg) and Crystal then buy the 99% of hip hop out there.

    If you want to listen to tracks which you can relate to (being aussie nbg means fuck all to me) or that might challenge the way you think about your life and your world – buy J5.

    Other than that the beats and rhymes make wicked party tracks. I’m seeing them at a festival with 20 thousand others in a couple of weeks (beasty Boys as well) and cant wait.