Jurassic 5

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban
Tags: hip-hop hip hop rap underground hip-hop seen live Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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One of the US hip-hop underground’s leading lights, this six-piece crew was formed in 1993 at the Los Angeles, California venue Good Life. Rappers Chali 2na (Charles Stewart, Chicago, Illinois, USA), Akil, Zaakir, Mark 7even, and turntable maestros DJ Nu-Mark and DJ Cut Chemist (b. Lucas McFadden) came together from two separate crews, the Rebels And Rhythm and Unity Committee. They debuted for TVT Records in 1995 with the ‘Unified Rebelution’ single. Their position at the head of the late 90s new wave of underground rap, alongside artists including Company Flow, Black Star and Dr. Octagon, was confirmed when the Jurassic 5 EP was released in December 1997. The nine tracks were concise and razor sharp in comparison to the bloated epics being released by the rap mainstream, and the EP was immediately hailed as one of the decade’s most important hip-hop releases. The tracks harked back to the old school attitude of New York’s Native Tongues...

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