Groovevolt.com caught up with Soup from Jurassic 5 to get his thoughts on the overwealming good reviews given to the group for their latest effort ‘Power in Numbers’. “I’m gonna make a bold statement. And I usually don’t make bold statements because you usually got to eat crow after that sh** don’t come true,” Soup said. “But for me, this record here, compared to a lot of people’s stuff, you cannot front on this record. You cannot say that this is not a good record. Now, if it doesn’t have that takeaway hit that just is all over the radio stations, maybe you’ll have that to hold as your ace in the hole if you want to debate me on this particular record. But if you listen to this record as a whole, this has gotta be one of the best hip-hop records out this year. And that’s a bold statement and I’m gonna say it. But I really believe it. I’m happy for the record to be out. I’m happy to have had the opportunity, but I want to have a gold plaque. I want to have that platinum plaque. I want to experience that feeling.”
Kevin Murphy of The Arizona Republic reviewed the new Jurassic 5 album giving it four stars. Murphy says after their ‘Quality Control’ debut, “With ‘Power in Numbers’, the Los Angeles-based outfit makes an even bolder statement. Playful anthems are still the draw, but J5 shows an increased awareness of its surroundings. This is responsible rap. It’s a path parallel to what De La Soul traveled – from the comical debut ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ to the socially aware ‘Stakes is High’.”
Eric Waggoner of Seattle Weekly spoke with Jurassic 5’s Soup about the band’s new album ‘Power in Numbers’, which unlike their debut, includes several collaborations. “On the first record,” says Soup, “we wanted to make sure we didn’t have a thousand and one people coming aboard. It was really important to us that we come out as J5, and demonstrate what we were capable of. On this album, we felt like it was OK to ask some people to help us out, since the first one was well-received. But, we didn’t want to bring people on only because they were hot right now.” Read more.
Oliver Wang of LA Weekly reviewed the new Jurassic 5 album ‘Power In Numbers’, which he says doesn’t waste time striking back, but instead charging forward. “There’s no better time than now for Akil, Chali 2na, Cut Chemist, Mark 7even, Nu Mark and Zaakir to roll out their second album, ‘Power in Numbers’,” Wang said. “With it, J5 have found a way to retain their nuevo-retro appeal without being beholden to it.” He added the group “finds the group exhibiting a far greater breadth than on their previous ‘Quality Control’.” Read more.
Colin Devenish of RollingStone.com caught up with Jurassic 5, who is on tour in support of ‘Power In Numbers’, which Chali 2na says is their specialty. “That’s our forte right there,” says Chali. “I love the fact that we can get up there on that stage and entertain the sh** out of you, and it is sometimes slightly more intense than any album you bought from us. That’s the ethic of old school that we hold on to. Those guys never had videos and a major push and sh** like that to bring what they did to you. When you came to seem them at the club, they brought it to your ass, and when you left you were like, ‘That sh**’s amazing, I’m telling my friends and next time they play, all of us are coming!’ That’s our ethic right there — that’s what we hold as golden to us.”
Daniel Levin Becker of the Yale Daily News reviewed the new album from Jurassic 5, entitled ‘Power In Numbers’. Becker says the group “align themselves with neither the stagnating world of commercial rap nor the ever-expanding hip-hop underground.” He added, “All things considered, ‘Power In Numbers’ is still proof that Jurassic 5 are very good at what they do, yet it only recalls the best moments of ‘Quality Control’ and ‘EP’ without reaching their bold, dynamic peaks. While the verses are just as rapid, literate and fun as they always have been, they seldom last long enough to set in, and the production over which they flow is loop-based to the brink of monotony.” Read more.
Zaakir of Jurassic 5 weighed in on the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, which he thinks “there’s more to it than they’re [the government] letting on.” He explained, “The media’s pumping it how they want it to be [perceived] – The government I should say, but the Media is part of it. I really think it was Bush, you know? If one guy can mastermind that…..He should have been took over the world. It shouldn’t be that hard to do. It took a lot of people out doing that. But you still can’t come over here? I mean, you really wanna take this place over…you can’t do that after you did something like that? Hitting those towers like that….and around the same time…that’s a hell of a lot of intelligence.” Read more.
Craig D. Lindsey of the Houston Press spoke with Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 who says the group doesn’t want to be considered the messiahs of hip hop. “I’m not really sure people really held us up as that example,” he says. “I think there have been times where we have, but I don’t think it’s been like we’ve been the prime group. We don’t make music to say, ‘Hey, we’re the example. We’re here to save hip-hop.’ If you sat down with us and talked to everybody, we’re just six dudes that got together and really liked doing it for the artistic value of it, and we liked doing it just because it’s, like, in our blood.”
CDNow.com spoke with Jurassic 5 on their collaboration with Nelly Furtado in ‘Thin Line’, a track on the group’s forthcoming album, ‘Power in Numbers’, due October 8th. “We heard it through the grapevine that she was feeling us,” J5’s Zaakir said. “It just really sounds like it’s really from each other’s soul.” He admits that he was wary of working with the Canadian pop star though. “I didn’t think actually she would be the one for the track,” he said. “And then when we demoed her, I was just like, ‘She was perfect for it.’ So, I kind of ate my words on it.”
Billboard.com reports California-based hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5 has set an October 8th release date for its sophomore Interscope set, ‘Power in Numbers.’ The set is the follow-up to 2000’s ‘Quality Control,’ which debuted at No. 33 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally and has sold 387,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. First single ‘What’s Golden’ can be sampled on the group’s official web site at Jurassic5.com.