Legendary alternative hip hop crew Jurassic 5 continues to grind both bodies and minds with their lyrical mastery and arty beats. J5's roster of veteran rappers can rhyme circles around most of their contemporary counterparts, and resident DJs Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark remain some of the most influential figures to ever hold it down on the ones and twos. Back on the road after a six-year absence from touring, J5 haven't lost a single beat, flow, or groove, and they'll treat fans to career-spanning sets on their 2014 Word of Mouth reunion tour.
Jurassic 5 formed in 1993 from the ashes of previous hip hop collectives Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee. Featuring MCs Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir, and Mark 7even and DJs Nu-Mar and Cut Chemist, the Los Angeles-based crew earned a serious cult following with early releases like the 2005 single "Unified Rebelution" and their 2007 self-titled EP. They released their self-titled debut LP in 1998 to critical and commercial acclaim, earning praise for their creative use of samples and socially conscious lyrics. Three more critically acclaimed albums followed, launching them from underground heroes to international superstars. The group broke up shortly after the 2006 release of their fourth album Feedback, but they made good and got back together for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Their success at the festival spawned a return to the studio and the highly anticipated Word of Mouth reunion tour in 2014.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
"These guys are legends! They are true artists and performers. They sound great live and are incredibly interactive with the audience. Akil even jumped off stage after the set and took pictures with all the fans."
"J5 killed as expected and I was particularly happy to see Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark cutting the beats live. Bad ASS!"