Jurassic 5 is an American alternative hip hop group formed in 1993 from members of two previous groups, Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee by 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). The six piece crew that was formed, came out of the Los Angeles venue Good Life. The group broke up in 2007, shortly after releasing their fourth LP Feedback, citing "musical differences," but returned to the stage in 2013 and released a new track in 2014. 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).
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. 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." 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.
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, who left the group to pursue a solo career. The remaining five members released their fourth and final album, Feedback, on July 25, 2006. The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200.
In April 2014 Jurassic 5 were added to the Glastonbury Festival line up.
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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. The song "In The House" from Feedback was featured in NBA Live 06. while "Red Hot" was featured in SSX On Tour. 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
They were also featured in online magazine, UrbanSouth's elite list of underground hip hop albums.
The group split in 2007. Reasons for the break-up were attributed to disagreements among members of the group.
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. 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. They will play at Glastonbury 2014 and have a Word of Mouth Reunion Tour during the Summer of 2014.
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