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Saturday, October 26, 2002

Jurassic 5's newish album titled Power In Numbers is the seventeen-tracked latest from the Los Angeles-based coalition of four emcees and two turntabalists provides some solid sounds. It has been labeled as being mainstream because their sound is reaching a greater audience than their usual hiphop enthusiasts. It doesnt mean this album is crap, in fact its actually really good.

I came across this review by Robert Lanham and I wanted any opinions on it..

I'm white. That said, you can probably already guess which Hip Hop acts I like.

If you guessed Tribe, De La Soul, Kool Keith, PE, and the Beasties, you are correct of course. Big Pun and Jay Z don't fit into the picture. Somewhere along the line, Hip Hop and white 20-somethings stopped being interested in one another. I've seen a lot of press about the thug mentality of artists such as DMX not appealing to white kids, and there may be some truth to this, but it is not the full story. I remember listening to the "Gangsta" rhymes of NWA and the like back in the early nineties and not caring about the message as long as the beats were solid and original.

So here is the story - and I am not the first to say it - Hip Hop is lacking originality. Hats off to Wu Tang - though they aren't my thing, at least they are consistently original and inventive. Most artists are either too dark, with no sense of playfulness, unoriginal, and often just plain suck. Overall, Hip Hop has become a homogenized genre that needs a kick in it's lazy ass.

Jurassic 5 may be too polite to provide the kick, but they are up to giving a gentle push. Their new and long-awaited release Quality Control is utterly original if not a tad dull at times. Many have criticized the CD for not being thug or "real" enough, but again, I'm white so this is not a concern of mine. Though a couple of songs come across a tad hokey in the lyrics department, it is at least refreshing to hear something different than throw your goddam hands in the air, son.

That's not to say the album isn't worth grabbing off Napster. There are plenty of excellent moments on this CD such as the insanely funky title track "Quality Control." What makes Jurassic 5 stand out from the crowd is there team work of passing phrase after phrase among the 5 MC's like the Globetrotters would a basketball. With the Cut Chemist doing his thing as DJ - this is a record even a stiff white-boy like myself can enjoy.

© Robert Lanham

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002

This page will look like shit for a few days until I get my hosting transferred from those crak hoes hostonce to a newer and way more friendly server. Apologies till then

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Sunday, October 20, 2002

'Genre This Buddy!'

Hello all you lurkers. Well lurk no more, I need your participation. It's come to my attention that noone knows their genres very well. Borders are being blurred R&B is being passed off as HipHop and Their claiming Rock songs as Heavy Metal! So now its time for you to put on your thinking caps and match an artist and song of your choice with the genre. You can contribute as many of them or as few as you please, try keep it global so we have an idea who they are. Just cut n paste into the comments box. Cheers! I am leaving this post until I get 3 responses! So get too it! I'm not asking much!! :)

Blues :
Country :
Dance :
Electronic :
HipHop :
Indie :
Jazz :
Rock :
Metal :
R&B :
World :

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