FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/ALEXANDRA GREENBERG/ MITCH SCHNEIDER
JURASSIC 5 TO PERFORM AT HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM OCTOBER 30
GROUP MAKES STOP IN NYC IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM FOR INTERSCOPE RECORDS, ‘POWER IN NUMBERS’
JURASSIC 5 will be appearing at the Hammerstein Ballroom (311 W 34th St New York NY, 212-485-1534) on Wednesday, October 30. Doors/set time TBD. The group stops in New York City as part of a national tour in support of their new album, POWER IN NUMBERS which was just released on Interscope Records (October 8).
Jurassic 5–MCs Chali 2na, Zaakir (Soup), Akil and Marc 7 and DJs Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark–conjure an energy that recalls a throwback era in hip-hop, when the only thing that seemed to matter was the music and having fun. It was a time of park jams and block parties, of willful braggadocio and stylish wordplay, of crafty disc jockeys and handclap beats. J5 have always displayed characteristics of those back-in-the-day jams, like their powerful vocal harmonizing and amplified funk beats, but what the group embody more than stylistic flourishes is that era’s spirit: making good music that connects with the people.
Power In Numbers is the second full-length album from Jurassic 5 and their first since 2000Õs critically acclaimed QUALITY CONTROL. For their new album, J5 included new producers such as JuJu from the Beatnuts (“If You Only Knew,” “One of Them”) and Sledge and Omas (“Hey”). However, the bedrock of the J5 sound lies with Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark, both of whom relished the opportunity to create a new palette of sounds for the new album. Their ingenuity in mining new sounds out of old records is unparalleled in hip-hop–almost a lost art considering the sparse minimalism dominating hip-hop music these days–and Nu-Mark’s fetish for exotic instruments always adds another layer to the group’s sound. Nelly Furtado (“Thin Line”) and Percee P & Big Daddy Kane (“A Day At The Races”) also lend their lyrical and vocal talents to the album.
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