Jurassic 5 are out with the video to their new single ‘Ducky Boy’, directed by Decon’s Yoram Benz, from the Los Angeles alternative hip hop group’s ‘J5’ Deluxe re-issue, in stores now. Watch it below.
Jurassic 5 performed in concert at Carling Academy on September 26th in Bristol, England. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Jurassic 5 performed at Fuse Studios on Wednesday (August 16) in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Rap acts on television this week include Outkast’s Big Boi, who is featured on ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday; Pharrell Williams, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Wednesday and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday; Jurassic 5, who perform on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Wednesday; and Flavor Flav, who visits ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Friday.
Rap acts on television this week include Yung Joc, who gets a 1st Look on ‘Total Request Lie’ on Monday; Paul Wall, who is Pre-RL on ‘TRL’ with Brooke Hogan on Tuesday; Nick Cannon, who visits ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Tuesday and ‘TRL’ on Thursday; Rhymefest, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Wednesday; and Jurassic 5, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday.
Flagrant of Australia’s Beat magazine caught up with Jurassic 5 crew member Zaakir AKA Soup, and asked him about the tour bus accident in August of 2000 while travelling to Houston as part of the Warped Tour. “We just crashed man,” he said. “It was semi serious and everybody is alive and nobody was maimed or crippled. It’s a sticky situation and we crashed. We didn’t go off a cliff, we didn’t fall in a ravine of water and the bus didn’t flip over 17 times. By the grace and mercy of God we’re here to do what we do.”
With two DJ’s, Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist, Jurassic 5 have crafted a new take on that classic old-school hip-hop sound. Like a reinvigorated dream team of Grandmaster Flash, the Cold Crush Brothers and the Sugarhill Gang, they bring rapid-fire rhymes, four-man harmonies and wild block-party beats like no one else in hip-hop. “If you listen to hip-hop, you’re going to borrow something,” DJ Nu-Mark contended to Michael Machosky of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. “There’s going to be that DJ Premier beat, that Pete Rock beat that you feel. That’s how you know it’s good music. It changes your soul and makes you think differently.” J5 have taken that new sound on the current Lollapalooza tour, which Nu-Mark says is “a good challenge for us.”
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“Alternative” is a label Jurassic 5 welcomes as a group. “We like alternative because to me it just means that we have a license to do whatever we want,” Cut Chemist tells Chris Harris of the Hartford Advocate. “We’re alternative, and I like that. It means on the next record, we could sh** we could do a folk record if we wanted to, and the critics would be like, ‘This is so alternative — I love it.’ That’s fine with me.” He adds the group won’t pander to the lowest common denominator to increase record sales. “I don’t want to be a part of the mainstream if it means making records that sound like everything else in the mainstream,” he says. “I don’t listen to that sh** and I don’t like it, and I don’t like anything it stands for. If I’m going to drive around in a Hummer limo with champagne and girls and sh** it’s not my steeze.”
HipOnline.com chatted with Jurassic 5’s Charlie 2na and asked how good is it to have the rest of the guys backing you up. “Power in numbers. Really though. Truthfully, that is where the album title came from,” he explained. “Six of us backing each other up, that is power in numbers. Together we sail. It’s cool to be able to bounce ideas of each other. Sometimes it feels like there are too many cooks in the kitchen but you have them to help you discern what is good. You do have to put your ego to the side and sacrifice certain things for the good of the project. But we know this and accept it.”
According to Mark 7, the message of Jurassic 5’s music really has not changed over the years. If anything, it’s just become darker and more aggressive, given these times of uncertainty. “A lot of the things we were fighting for back then we’re still fighting for now,” he tells Sandra Barrera of the LA Daily News. “The things happening in the world you know what I’m saying affect us on an artistic level.”