An integral part of the rap underground
scene of the late '90's, Jurassic 5 has announced the re-release of
their debut EP J5, with J5 Deluxe Re-issue on November 11th via Decon.
Revered as one of the most classic hip-hop albums, the release
introduced the world to the collective genius of Cut Chemist, DJ Nu
Mark, Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir and Marc7, who went on to record 3 other
critically acclaimed albums and sold over a million units in the US
Due to contractual disputes, this masterpiece has been out of print
since 2004. Now on the heels of the 11th anniversary of its release,
Jurassic 5 has decided to re-issue a limited edition of this album
with a bonus CD that features 15 exclusive, rare songs and for the
first time ever, a full length DVD that chronicles the moment Jurassic
5 broke through, as well as performance footage from their first world
Chali 2na puts it simply, "No better way for it to end than to start
at the beginning."
Directed by Decon's Jason Goldwatch, "The Jurassic Period" documentary
shows this seminal group at the beginning of an era that would be
marked by their important contribution to hip-hop. Utilizing analog
effects and heavy layering of images and sound beds, Goldwatch has
created an experimental, music driven time piece. The hand-crafted
documentary is also accompanied by a 30 minute performance "Jurassic 5
at Brixton Academy" as well as the "Concrete Schoolyard" music video.
Formed in 1993, Jurassic 5 was originally two separate crews who
played at the same venue. After collaborating together on the song,
"Unified Rebelution" they combined and became Jurassic 5. They
released their first record, J5 in 1997. The EP cemented their
position as one of the top acts in the '90s alternative hip hop
movement. Critics sung the group's praises, stating that they embodied
an upbeat vibe, vocal harmonies, and inventive samples and the group
was "more than the sum of its parts and achieves synergy by artfully
juggling party anthems alongside relationship reflections and
conscious think-pieces." -The Source.
After 11 years it still rings true, Jurassic 5 was the foremost
proponent of the sound and values that marked hip-hop's golden age and
the release of their limited edition album, J5 Deluxe Re-Issue on
November 11th will cement this to fans and critics both.
J5 Deluxe Re-issue - Return To The Jurassic Period.