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All Music Guide - John Bush
Like a few other notable sophomore records from hip-hop acts De La Soul Is Dead, The Low End Theory, Jurassic 5's Power in Numbers is darker than their first full-length; not as fresh and exuberant, but much more mature and intelligent. Granted, fans may not be happy to hear they've changed the formula so soon, or that the production doesn't play a starring role as it did on Quality Control. Instead, DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist play it close to the vest, setting off the rhymes with a few well-placed beats and split-second samples as well as the usual flute loops. Of course, allowing more room to hear four of the best rappers in hip-hop twisting tongues and telling tales has to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Like a few other notable sophomore records from hip-hop acts De La Soul Is Dead, The Low End Theory, Jurassic 5's Power in Numbers is darker than their first full-length; not as fresh and exuberant, but much more mature and intelligent. Granted, fans may not be happy to hear they've changed the formula so soon, or that the production doesn't play a starring role as it did on Quality Control. Instead, DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist play it close to the vest, setting off the rhymes with a few well-placed beats and split-second samples as well as the usual flute loops. Of course, allowing more room to hear four of the best rappers in hip-hop twisting tongues and telling tales has to be welcomed, and Jurassic 5 prove up to the added responsibility. Displaying a focus and intensity basically unseen in rap music during the past decade, the group practically bursts with message tracks; the skeletal first single "Freedom" finds Chali 2na and Akil delving into the concept as it relates to everything from Third World poverty to the American penitentiary system. "Remember His Name" and "Thin Line" the latter with Nelly Furtado are dark tales of urban passions, and they're a step forward in that it's not just the raps that are intricate, but the storytelling also requires a few listens to understand. The group still has plenty of time for a few old-school anthems like "What's Golden" and "A Day at the Races," with Big Daddy Kane bringing his alliterative ammo to the track. And the instrumental jam "Acetate Prophets" shows DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist refining their skill for merging turntablism and excellent productions. Perhaps the best statement of Jurassic 5's purpose comes from the group itself, on "If You Only Knew": "What we do is try to give you what you ain't used to."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949343729
  • Catalog Number: 493437
  • Sales rank: 5,965

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Is (0:53)
  2. 2 Freedom (3:19)
  3. 3 If You Only Knew (3:51)
  4. 4 Break (3:16)
  5. 5 React (0:56)
  6. 6 A Day at the Races - Percy P (4:02)
  7. 7 Remember His Name (3:44)
  8. 8 What's Golden (3:08)
  9. 9 Thin Line - Nelly Furtado (4:45)
  10. 10 After School Special (2:41)
  11. 11 High Fidelity (3:07)
  12. 12 Sum of Us (3:28)
  13. 13 DDT - Kool Keith (0:42)
  14. 14 One of Them (3:18)
  15. 15 Hey (4:25)
  16. 16 I Am Somebody (4:05)
  17. 17 Acetate Prophets (6:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jurassic 5 Primary Artist
DJ Nu-Mark scratching
Chali 2na Track Performer
Taz Arnold Arp Strings
Zaakir (Soup) Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Mike Weaver Engineer
Brandon Abeln Engineer
DJ Nu-Mark Producer, Engineer, Cut
Cut Chemist Producer, Engineer, Cut
Kent Hitchcock Engineer
Shafiq Husayn Programming
Mina Kang grooming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cd that kicks eminem's butt

    i dont usually like rap at all, but this cd has a collection of songs that no other wannabe rapper can match.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elevated Rap

    Simply amazing. I was a big fan of their first album, Quality Control, and if you liked those cuts, pick this album up! Similar mellow flows and hitting beats blend with tight raps to yield a completely hot album! keep 'em coming J5!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't be "beat"

    If you aren't sure if you will like it because it's not mainstream, get and prove to yourself that you don't need mainstream. This is the cream of the crop right here. This is a guarentee that when you buy, you will like it, and you will brag about it. You cannot go wrong with this album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    J5 is still Golden

    I counted down the days to Power In Numbers and on that fateful tueday that it came out me and my boys were jumping out of our seats in our last period spanish class. When the bell rang we headed for our cars and b-lined it to newbury comics and grabbed the last 4 copies of the day. as we listened on the way home we were blown away, it was better than we ever thought. The beats are tight and the rhymes are fresh, all thats expected from the boys at J5. Cut Chemist and Nu Mark do some amazing work and of course the boys marc 7, chali 2na, soup and zaakir were tighter than ever. PiN is a step up from quality control and a must have for any hip hop fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    J5 Finds A Way To Remain Supreme

    It was said that Jurassic 5 couldn't possibly match the heights they had previously reached on their EP and first full-length album "Quality Control." However, once again, they have proven themselves to be at the forefront of their genre as well as the strongest bastion of old-school hip hop in the industry. This latest release from the J5 crew and friends has covered all the bases of hip hop, from back-in-the-day style speed rap with Big Daddy Kane and Percy P on "A Day At the Races" to an unexpected, masterful blending of styles with Nelly Furtado on "Thin Line." Fans of the industry will enjoy a guest freestyle by Kool Keith on the impressive "DDT," and an appearance from the Beatnuts' JuJu on "One Of Them." As always, die hard hip hoppers like myself can look forward to the dynamic breaks and beats laid down by DJs Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark on such stunning tracks as "Break," "React," "Acetate Prophets," and the album single "What's Golden." As Jurass fans have come to expect, the album embodies the crew's signature vibes of universal positivity and good time block-party-style rhythms carried off by the superbly practiced lyrical styles and vocal harmony of the four horsemen. Get a free limited edition J5 DVD with the album while supplies last and pick up your tickets for the "Power In Numbers" tour as soon as possible. I already have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    J5's Power In Numbers

    This is, with no doubt, one of the hottest groups and albums out today!! If you enjoyed Quality Control, getting this album is a definite must. If you generally don't listen to hip-hop, this album is the one you should give a chance to, it's worth it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    did it once again

    this album is by far the best to date. not only did j5 keep the lyrical flow that that they had on previous releases but the beat/sampling is even tighter. i was skeptical at first but the more i listen to this album the more it has grown on me.if you love true hip hop this is a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    J5 ¿ Pounding out the rhythm, Cutting up mixes and serving it all up with tight style!

    I was never a huge fan of rap music. That began to change a few years ago when I happened in to the Central Tavern one night here in Seattle. It was a small crowd that night, a hand full of people really. I hadn¿t come for the music that night but what was being served to this small crowd quickly had me engaged. 4 MC¿s & 2 DJ¿s were on stage working the room with full heart and love of their craft, despite the size of their captivated audience. Wow, the boys had skill! It opened my eyes to a style of music that before I had no interest in. Some time after that first awakening I bought ¿Quality Control¿. The skillful mix of rhythm and harmony once again took me aback. Now fully hooked, I began to see Hip-Hop and Rap in a new light. It¿s not the style of music. It¿s the soul and skill of the artist that counts. J5 is leading the way for me in discovery of a new world of music. Power In Numbers is brilliant! Once again the perfect mix of harmony, heart, beats and mixes. They lose none of their edge and step up to a new level of skill with ease. Every track on this disk makes me want to move. I can¿t help it! They deliver every line with a confident ease. There is a strong feeling of respect for a deep-rooted history that propels them forward, breaking new ground. This is by far one of the best disks I have purchased this year. I truly believe they deserve all the praise and support they get. Buy it. You won¿t regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HipHop Near Perfection...

    If you only bought one album this year, and were forced to listen to that one CD every single day, you would still be excited by each track on Jurassic 5's sophomore release, Power in Numbers. Two years since their first full length album, Quality Control, the J5 crew has evolved their sound into something more mature, more intricate, and more intelligent, but has lost nothing in the process. Song highlights on the CD include "Thin Line," featuring Nelly Furtado, a song exploring the intricacies of friendship and relationships, "Freedom," where Chali 2Na and Akil explore the meaning of the word in a range of circumstances, and "What's Golden," reminiscent of earlier J5 and oldschool in general, a great hiphop anthem. Producers Nu-mark and Cut Chemist once again contribute a superb example of instrumental turntablism, "Acetate Prophets," to close the album. I strongly encourage anyone to go out and buy this album. Whether you are into the underground scene or gangsta rap or don't even listen to hiphop, you will still not be disapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWW YEAHHHH

    j5 is amazing. theri ep was amazing. quality control was amazing. power in numbers is...freakin amaing. if you love j5, buy this. you wont be dissapointed. if you have no idea who j5 is, buy this...you wont be disappointed. GREAT CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    jurassic 5 is dope!!!!!

    power in numbers is the best cd right now, jurassic 5 couldnt get any better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another classic from Jurassic

    J5 always comes with the fresh original sound and Power In Numbers is no exception. Each lyricist (Marc 7, Akil, Chali 2na, Soup) will leave you mesmorized with their lyrical skills and original styles. That added together with the beats that Nu-Mark and Cut-Chemist drop on this album and you've got one dope album, which is exactly what this is. You should check this CD out even if your not a fan of hip hop, I have a feeling it will change your mind, and if you are a fan of hip hop...then what the hell is taking you so long, go get that ish!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    J5 PUT OUT ANOTHER GOLDEN ALBUM

    WHAT WRONG COULD ANYONE SAY ABOUT THIS ALBUM. IT IS JUST GREAT, THE OPENING TRACK THIS IS IS UNTOUCHABLE BY FAR AND THE SINGLE WHATS GOLDEN IS GETTING SO MUCH RADIO AND TV AIRPLAY ITS NOT EVEN FUNNY. EMERGING FROM OZOMATLI, J5 BREAK ONTO THE MUSIC SCENE ONCE AGAIN TO PULSATE YOUR EARS AND MAKE YOU FEEL THE MUSIC. THIS GROUP ISNT JUST ALL ABOUT HIP HOP. THEY'RE EVERYTHING, HIP HOP, RAP, ROCK, POP, ALTERNATIVE, WELL MAYBE NT COUNTRY OR CLASSICAL BUT INFLUENCES RUN DEEP. THIS ALBUM IS A MUST HAVE IN ANY MUSIC COLLECTION SO GIVE IT A LISTEN AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU'VE BEEN MISSIN.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This song is the bomb

    this song is really the bomb, smoth beats and deep lyrics, i definately would recommend this song to any hip hoppers out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back to class

    After two years the kings of hip-hop are back with their new album. I personally can't stop listening to 'thin line' a really chiled song. This album is good enougth for one of the original Wailers it is good enougth for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jurassic 5 is at the top of their game!

    This second full length album by J5 is as good as the first if not better! I walk into a local store and this was playing. Jurassic is catching like a fire and no one can deny they are at the top of their game. This is the must hear album of the year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jurassic 5 Holdin' on to What's Golden!

    From the first to the last track, there is no doubt in saying that Jurassic 5 is the truth. This is the second major label release from J5 and they just keep raising the bar. Although 'Power in Numbers' is a departure from 'Quality Control' and the EP, the unique J5 flavor is still present. While 'Quality Control' was good, I truly believe that 'Power in Numbers' is light years better; it encompasses so much more and sounds more polished. I can't take this cd out the player--it's that good! It's definately worth the fourteen dollars PLUS SHIPPING! In fact, get two...give the other one to someone in need of hearing something fresh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is real Hip Hop

    For any true hip hop hedz out there, this is the album for you. I would highly recomend this album to bump in your car and impress the females with. It impressed me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SOUL

    The new J5 album "Power in Numbers" is by far one the most innovative bunch of tracks put together to make an album.From jazz beats to soul input this album is definetly one of my top 10 favorite.A must in your walkman's and car stereo's!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    J5 finds a way to remain supreme

    Jurassic Five has done it again. I loved their last album Quality Control. This one is shaping up to even better with songs like "What's Golden" and my personal favorite "Remember His Name", you can't go wrong with this album. So instead of reading my review go buy it already.

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