Four LP set in Wooden Box Jurassic 5 flexed serious old-to-the-new muscles in the ‘90s, beginning with their independently-released single “Unified Rebelution” in 1994, and book-ending with their stellar debut full-length: 2000’s Quality Control. They walked a tightrope between underground and mainstream hip-hop, and toured alongside rap peers as well as punk rockers on the Vans Warped Tour.
With double the pleasure of your average hip-hop group – two DJs and producers (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark); and four MCs (Chali 2na, Akil, Marc 7 and Zaakir aka Soup) – they brought the late 1970s “unison MC” style of pioneering groups like the Fantastic 5 and the Force MCs to a new generation. Even more surprisingly, they did so out of Los Angeles, whose hip-hop flavors generally leaned towards Gangsta, G-Funk or Electro lines. Musically inventive and lyrically forward-thinking, each song on Quality Control is a new adventure, exploring engaging territory, delivered via one of the best live hip-hop shows fans had seen in years.
SIDE A (VOCAL): 1. How We Get Along, 2. The Influence, 3. Great Expectations, 4. Quality Control Intro, 5. Quality Control
SIDE B (VOCAL): 1. Contact, 2. Lausd, 3. World Of Entertainment (W.O.E. Is Me), 4. Monkey Bars
SIDE C (VOCAL): 1. Jurass Finish, 2. First Contribution, 3. Twelve
SIDE D (VOCAL): 1. The Game, 2. Improvise, 3. Swing Set