Throwback Thursday: Jurassic 5

There are only a handful of hip-hop artists that I listen to on a regular basis.  Not because I don’t fully appreciate hip-hop.  That would be like saying I don’t appreciate beautiful women because none of them want to date me.  No, I keep my hip-hoppery at an exclusive level because there are only so many albums that strike me on a personal level.  Don’t get me wrong, I like booty scrumping as much as the next person, and if the song that happens to be on is “Poker Face”, then who am I to judge what makes my booty shake.

jurassic5-2But good hip-hop is more than just a catchy beat and an over-produced pop icon.  It’s an entire culture and an art-form.  The best hip-hop albums provide complete harmony between lyrics, beats and delivery while providing the listener with something so unique it feels like moving poetry.  Nowadays it’s hard to even find anything sans auto-tune.  That’s why I feel obliged to bring up one of my favorite hip-hop groups of all time Jurassic 5.

The group first formed in the ripe year of 1993 amidst other 90′s hits including (but not limited to)  Pearl Jam’s “Daughter”, Beck’s “Loser”, STP’s “Plush” and even Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train”.  The group was formed as a sort of hip-hop super group (although I guess more in the sense of a “Mr. Big” supergroup instead of a “Them Crooked Vultures” supergroup being as none of the members were actually popular at the time.)

Their first major label release Quality Control continued to grow their already growing fan-base and solidified them as true artists of the alternative hip-hop movement of the 90′s.  I like to think that I was a part of the movement too since I listened to music in the 90′s and made numerous attempts at break-dancing.  I guess you could say I was a pioneer of sorts as well.

Quality Control really started making the rounds in my CD player in early 2002 (since I was not affluent enough at the time to own the [then] brand-new technology of the iPod.)  But regardless, with the album on repeat and my track skip protection engaged, I started a new personal era in hip-hop.  Tracks like “The Game” and the title track “Quality Control” exhibit their unique blend of multiple rapping styles all within the arena of one track.  Check out the video for “The Influence”:

Overall, the entire album is unique, not just one synthesized drum beat after another.  Jurassic 5 made a name for themselves as artists true to the form of hip-hop.  So I guess you could say it’s the opposite of pretty much any album by Lil’ Wayne or T-Pain.  It’s just too bad they had to break up.  I’ve literally been crying since 2007.

If you like Jurassic 5, make sure you check out Camp Lo!

About the Author

Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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