An integral part of the rap underground scene of the late ‘90’s, Jurassic 5 re-released their debut EP J5, with J5 Deluxe Re-issue in 2009 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 alone.
Due to contractual disputes, this masterpiece has been out of print since 2004. On the heels of the 11th anniversary of its release, Jurassic 5 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 tour.
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.