Quality Control

Quality Control

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by Jurassic 5
     
 

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There may be groups in the West Coast's underground hip-hop scene with bigger attitudes (Dilated Peoples) and better skills (Blackalicious), but Jurassic 5 have an unabashed pop appeal that harks back to the tension and thug-free rhymes of such old-school party starters as the

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There may be groups in the West Coast's underground hip-hop scene with bigger attitudes (Dilated Peoples) and better skills (Blackalicious), but Jurassic 5 have an unabashed pop appeal that harks back to the tension and thug-free rhymes of such old-school party starters as the Sugarhill Gang and Kurtis Blow. And in that early hip-hop tradition, J5's debut album, QUALITY CONTROL, is 53 infectious minutes of funky call-and-response choruses, body-rock rhymes, and harmonized hooks. Backed by the chewy beats and superior turntablist skills of DJs Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist, J5 sling strings of clever, metaphorical rhymes, particularly on "Improvise," on which the group boast "Together we show you how to improvise, reminiscent of the 'Wild Style' '75...we take four MCs and make 'em sound like one," and on the L.A. homage "L.A.U.S.D," on which they lament the dreams deferred in the land of "earthquakes and high crime rates." With a mix of message-oriented tracks and straight-up party jams, the delightful J5 are lively enough to kickstart a funeral. Michael Endelman

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All Music Guide - John Bush
In June 2000, almost seven years after their formation, underground rap's most lauded crew finally hit with a full-length. Great expectations aside, Quality Control hits all the same highs as Jurassic 5's excellent EP of three years earlier, stretching out their résumé to nearly an hour with a few turntablist jaunts from resident beat-jugglers DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist. The formula is very similar to the EP, with the group usually going through a couple of lines of five-man harmonics before splitting off for tongue-twister solos from Zaakir, Chali 2na, Akil, and Marc 7even. As expected, there are plenty of nods to old-school rap, from "Lausd," with its brief tribute to hip-hop classic "The Bridge" by MC Shan, to "Monkey Bars," where the group claim inspiration (yet just a bit of distance) from their heroes: "Now you know us but it's not the Cold Crush, four MCs so it ain't the Furious/Not the Force M.D.'s or the three from Treacherous, it's a blast from the past from the moment we bust." Where Quality Control really laps previous Jurassic 5 material is not only the lyrical material, though, but the themes and focus of the message tracks "Lausd," "World of Entertainment (Woe Is Me)," and "Contribution." The four-man crew take on major media and the responsibilities of adulthood with a degree of authority, eloquence, and compassion never before heard in rap music. (Just check out the lyrics to any of the above three at an online archive like www.ohhla.com.) Though critics and uptight rap purists might fault them for not pushing the progression angle enough, Jurassic 5's rhymes are so devastating and the productions (by Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist) follow the raps so closely it certainly doesn't matter whether the group is old-school or not.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2000
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949066420
catalogNumber:
490664
Rank:
59004

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Quality Control 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Charlie Tuna's fat bass voice, and Cut Chemist's ridackulous cut feats don't get you movin' on any occassion then that booty must be dead. I've been listening to J5 since their first EP at BBQ's, raves, and driving and they are literally the purest of the pure when it comes to hip hop. You'd be silly not to hop on the bandwagon with j5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There hasn't been a hip-hop group like this come along in a very long time. If you want to listen to the definition of true, fresh, and underground hip-hop, this is definitely the album to buy. The rhymes and the music are the best collaboration of skills that have hit us in the last 5 years. Every song on this album will please. The beats are very upbeat, and the jazzy tones fit the flow. I recommend all real hip-hop fans to check it out, I would hope that most of ya'll already know!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jurassic 5 is old school meeting new. I found out about them when I was looking for a good kazoo song (I'm serious) and I found their song'Concrete Schoolyard (Kazoo mix)' which is from their debut album. I expected any song with a kazoo too be really stupid but that song was so phat. This group really knows rhythm and has all the right beats.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good record. With the exception of a couple of slip ups, it moves right along very smoothly. Their style is similar to Dilated Peoples, but I would compare them more to someone like Pharcyde. Jurassic 5 is one of the many groups that are bringing back underground L.A. hip hop. Best track= ''Great Expectations'':also,''Contribution'' and ''Quality Control'' are dope as hell!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big skateboarder and this music is a great compilation while you skateboard, the music will always go with whatever street course your doing especially songs like Influence and Quality Control. are you ready to get into your time capsule?
Guest More than 1 year ago
J5 is tight. They got the chilling rhymes and beats (The type that cats dance to). I display my critizism of their verbal essence on the tracks. They are commercial peeps. Mostly you hear negative and nonsense of no meaning with tons of hooks. They're a positive clique trying to bring the message to people and divert their hip hop perspective to the ill direction. It's kinda rare seeing this in the commercial world. I mostly dwell in the underground scene but this is a mos def copping album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album takes off where EP left off... Hits with the J5 that we have all become accustomed to- vocal harmonizing, old skool vibing, excellent beats from Cut Chemist and NuMark
Guest More than 1 year ago
these guys know how to lay down the tracks. if you dont belive me buy it.