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Artist: Jurassic 5
Album: Quality Control
Label: Interscope
Production: Cut Chemist, DJ Nu-Mark, Shafiq Husayn
Stats: 2000; 15 tracks
Reviewed by: Mass Dosage

It's been a long time in the making, but Los Angeles based Jurassic 5 have finally dropped their first full-length album. The crew's previous eponymous EP release caught the attention of Hip-Hop listeners who were looking for something not overly commercial that they could party to. "Quality Control" sees J5 continuing their tradition of old-school inspired party jams balanced with enough musical integrity to ensure their credibility among a wide range of Hip-Hop fans. The album consists of up tempo tracks with positive messages and singalong choruses built on top of head-nodding beats and catchy samples.

The 4 MC's handle the lyrical side of things with a pleasing variety of flows. The subject matter is generally light and uplifting, but the crew do take time out to address some "realer" issues on tracks like "Contribution" and "World of Entertainment (woe is me)". Other standout tracks include "Twelve" (some serious neck-snapping shit) and "Swing set" - a turntablist-styled track which sees Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist (the Jurassic's 2 DJ's) putting in some serious scratching without overshadowing the song's musical flavour.

Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist are also responsible for the vast majority of the album's production, and their skills in this regard outshine even their wizardry on the turntables. The beats complement the subject matter and all the tracks have a catchy feel to them. The group avoid following trends (notice the absence of guest MC's on this release) and instead walk steadily along the path they set out on 6 years ago - dropping solid, non-gimmicky Hip-Hop which pays tribute to it's old school roots, while still sounding hip and current. [8/10]

[This review was also published in SL magazine]

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