Jurassic 5’s groundbreaking release Quality Control is offered for Record Store 2015 as a quadruple vinyl release. A 24 page book is included with extensive liner notes by Brian Coleman including interviews with all six group members and archival photos by B+. The full album and complete instrumentals are included across the 8 sides with each piece of vinyl housed in European style jacket with never before seen artwork. The complete collection is contained in a collectable hard wood box with the J5 logo burned right in.
Jurassic 5 flexed serious old-to-the-new muscles in the ‘90s, beginning with their independently released single “Unified Rebelution” in 1994, and book-ending with their stellar debut full-length: 2000’s Quality Control. They walked a tightrope between underground and mainstream hip-hop, and toured alongside rap peers as well as punk rockers on the Vans Warped Tour.
With double the pleasure of your average hip-hop group – two DJs and producers (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark); and four MCs (Chali 2na, Akil, Marc 7 and Zaakir aka Soup) – they brought the late 1970s “unison MC” style of pioneering groups like the Fantastic 5 and the Force MCs to a new generation. Even more surprisingly, they did so out of Los Angeles, whose hip-hop flavors generally leaned towards Gangsta, G-Funk or Electro lines. Musically inventive and lyrically forward-thinking, each song on Quality Control is a new adventure, exploring engaging territory, delivered via one of the best live hip-hop shows fans had seen in years.
From singles like the strutting groove of the title track to the throwback doo-wop samples on “The Influence” and the catchy,keyboard groove-driven “World of Entertainment (WOE Is Me),”to deeper album tracks like the lyrical gymnastics of “Jurass Finish First” and the thought-provoking “Lausd,” Jurassic 5 consistently stepped to the plate and their fans responded in kind, nearly pushing the album to Gold status. Add the innovative DJ-and-sample workout which closes out the album, “Swing Set,” and you have one of the 2000s’ most unique and solid full-length platters.
This special Record Store Day 2015 set – limited to 2,000 – is housed in a deluxe wooden box (a tribute to the album’s original cover), laser etched with the iconic “J5” logo on the front, and includes 4 LPs (2 vocal, 2 instrumental) and a in-depth booklet containing rare images from renowned photographer B+, liner notes by author Brian Coleman and input from all six group members.