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About Jurassic 5
Hip hop crew Jurassic 5 formed in California in 1993, when the members of existing acts the Rebels of Rhythm and the Unity Committee joined forces to create a single ensemble. With a debut released in 1995, the single Unified Rebellion, the group were joined as part of the mid 1990s alternative hip hop boom, with contemporaries including Black Star, Company Flow and Kool Keith. The release of 1997's Jurassic 5 EP confirmed the groups place among the leading lights of the hip hop scene, and was extended to become the Jurassic 5 LP in the following year.
The grooves created by Jurassic 5 on their debut full length release were reminiscent of the hip hop sounds which came out of New York around a decade previously, released by late eighties groups such as De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest. Concrete Schoolyard was a particular highlight of the debut album, and even scored the group a surprise Top 40 single in the UK, when it hit number 35. Second album, Quality Control, was released in 2000 on Interscope, and reached number 23 on the UK album charts, following the band having a spot on the Vans Warped Tour, along with a tour with artist Fiona Apple.
Jurassic 5 have always been adept at scoring crossover success by touring in locations and as part of shows that have seemed unconventional to most hip hop acts. With shows on predominantly rock-oriented tours and shows such as Lollapalooza, the Warped Tour and Bonnaroo, Jurassic 5's appeal reached beyond the norms of hip hop. Third album, 2002's Power in Numbers, showcased a range of styles away from their previous work, including an a cappella track rapped by Kool Keith and many samples of speech. Samples from other artists included those as diverse as Ray Manzarek, Minnie Ripperton and Public Enemy.
Following the departure of founder member, Cut Chemist, in 2006, the band released their first album as a five piece, Feedback. This album harked back to their roots as a hip hop band, paying tribute to many of their inspirations. As with the previous release, the album features a wide range of samples by many artists, including Al Green, Marvin Gaye and Three Dog Night. The album was also bolstered by guest appearances from Dave Matthews and Mos Def.