Jurassic 5

Jurassic 5 is an American alternative hip hop group formed in 1991 by members of two previous groups (Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee[1]): rappers Charles Stewart (Chali 2na), Dante Givens (Akil), Courtenay Henderson (Soup aka Zaakir), Marc Stuart (Marc 7); and disc jockeys Mark Potsic (DJ Nu-Mark) and Lucas Macfadden (Cut Chemist).[2] The six piece crew that was formed, came out of the Los Angeles venue Good Life.[3] The group broke up in 2007,[4] shortly after releasing their fourth LP Feedback, citing "musical differences,"[5] but returned to the stage in 2013 and released a new track in 2014.[6] The members have continued to release music, the most recent of which is Nu-Mark's 2014 EP with Pharcyde member Slimkid3 (released on Delicious Vinyl).

Jurassic 5
Jurassic 5 in 2002
Background information
OriginLos Angeles
GenresAlternative hip hop
Years active1991–2007, 2013–present
LabelsTVT, Interscope, JVC
Associated actsOzomatli, Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies, Dave Matthews Band, Big Daddy Kane, Heavy D, Percee P, Nelly Furtado, The Pharcyde, Supernatural, Mos Def, DJ Format
Marc 7
DJ Nu-Mark
Chali 2na
Cut Chemist


Jurassic 5 debuted nationally in 1995 from TVT Records with their first single, "Unified Rebelution". Jurassic 5 released their first record, Jurassic 5 EP, in 1997. After Jurassic 5 put out their first record, it "cemented their position in the 1990s alternative hip hop movement, alongside artists such as Company Flow, Black Star and Kool Keith." The group later signed to Interscope Records and the EP was repackaged with additional tracks and released in December 1998 as the full-length, eponymous debut album entitled Jurassic 5.[4] In a 2002 interview The Sydney Morning Herald, the group explained the origin of their name. Chali 2na revealed, “I played the song to my friend’s mother and she made a joke: ‘You guys think you sound like the Fantastic Five, but you sound more like the Jurassic Five.’ And we started laughing but, well, the name stuck.”[7]

This was followed by their second album Quality Control, which peaked at #43 on the Billboard 200.[8]

In 2002, they released their third album, Power In Numbers which peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Jurassic 5 eventually toured without Cut Chemist,[9] who left the group to pursue a solo career.[10] The remaining five members released their fourth and final album, Feedback, on July 25, 2006. The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200.[8]

The group split in 2007.[11] Reasons for the break-up were attributed to disagreements among members of the group.[12]

In 2013, the group re-formed, including the return of Cut Chemist, for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and an international tour, primarily in the UK but also including dates in Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Japan and the United States.[13][14] They played at Glastonbury in 2014 and had a Word of Mouth Reunion Tour during the Summer of 2014.[15]

In 2016, they released their first new song in a decade "Customer Service".[16]

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Jurassic 5 among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[17]

In other media

Jurassic 5's music has been used in several video games. In 2000, "Jayou" was featured in Grind Session. Also in 2000, Jet Set Radio was released in North America including the track "Improvise" from the album Quality Control - though it only appears on the US pressing. All other pressings of the album have the track Concrete And Clay instead - and an instrumental version of the same song. The following year, the track "Great Expectations" from the same album was also included in Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX.[18] In 2002, "What's Golden" was featured on ATV Offroad Fury 2. The song was additionally included in the video game Forza Horizon 3 on the fictional radio 'Block Party'. "A Day At The Races" featuring Big Daddy Kane appeared in the 2003 skateboarding game Tony Hawk's Underground.[19] The song "In The House" from Feedback was featured in NBA Live 06.[20] and "Work it Out" was in NBA Live 07, while "Red Hot" was featured in SSX on Tour.[21]

The group featured in the 2001 hip hop documentary Scratch.[22]

They were also featured in online magazine, UrbanSouth's elite list of underground hip hop albums.[23]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications


Jurassic 5 70
Quality Control
  • Released: June 20, 2000 (US)[36]
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
Power in Numbers
  • Released: October 8, 2002 (US)[38]
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
Feedback 151263627136392559
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays

List of extended plays
Title Album details
Jurassic 5 EP
  • Released: October 13, 1997 (US)[41]
  • Label: Rumble
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Unified Rebelution"[45] 1995 Non-album single
"Jayou" 1998 56 Jurassic 5
"Concrete Schoolyard" 35
"Improvise" 1999 41
"Quality Control" 2000 9612 Quality Control
"W.O.E. Is Me (World of Entertainment)" 2001 948
"The Influence"[46]
"Hard Times"
(with The Pharcyde)
2002 Straight from the Crates, Vol. 1
"What's Golden" 90 Power in Numbers
"If You Only Knew"[47] 2003
"Thin Line"[48]
"Hey" 2004
"Linguistics" 143
"Red Hot"[49] 2005 Feedback
"Canto de Ossanha"[50] 2006
"Work It Out"
(featuring Dave Matthews Band)
"Customer Service" 2016 "—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Improvise"[51] 1999 Sway & King Tech This or That
"Lunchtime"[52] 2001 Click Tha Supah Latin Square Won
"Verbal Gunfight"[53] 2002 none One Big Trip soundtrack

Music videos

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Concrete Schoolyard" 1999 Delaney Bishop[54]
"Quality Control" 2000 Jeff Richter[54]
"The Influence" 2001 Marcos Siega[55]
"What's Golden" 2002 Logan[56]
"Work It Out"
(featuring Dave Matthews Band)
2006 The Malloys[54]
"The Way We Do It" 2014 Alex Knudsen


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