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Friday, August 5 • 10:15pm - Saturday, August 6 •12:00am
Jurassic 5

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Though there’s actually six of them, Jurassic 5 got everything else right on their self-titled debut EP. Part of the new rap underground of the late ’90s (along with Company Flow, Mos Def, Dr. Octagon, and Sir Menelik), the sextet — rappers Marc 7even, Chali 2na, Zaakir, and Akil, plus producers Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark — came together in 1993 at the Los Angeles café/venue named the Good Life.

The six members were part of two different crews, Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee; after collaborating on a track, they combined into Jurassic 5 and debuted in 1995 with the “Unified Rebellion” single for TVT Records.
This collective will bring a diverse array of hip-hop genius to the ARISE Music Festival lineup.

At the tail end of 1997, their EP appeared and was hailed by critics as one of the freshest debuts of the year (if not the decade). By 2006, Cut Chemist had left the group to pursue his production and DJ ambitions; the remaining quintet enlisted producers including Salaam Remi, Scott Storch, and Exile (as well as in-house talent DJ Nu-Mark) to record Jurassic 5‘s third full LP, Feedback, released in July 2006. Less than a year later, however, the group called it quits, citing “musical differences.” They reunited in spring 2013, playing Coachella and later announcing a full summer tour.

“But when gangsta rap was at its peak, stereotypical tropes becoming uncomfortably commonplace in west-coast lyricism, one act dared to stand out with a refreshingly different attitude. The group – Chali 2na, Cut Chemist, Akil, Mark 7even, Zaakir and DJ Nu-Mark (yes, there’s six of them) – developed one of the scene’s most varied and enjoyable live shows following their 1993 founding, earning a fine reputation from both on-stage and in-the-studio activity.”

Friday August 5, 2016 10:15pm - Saturday August 6, 2016 12:00am
1 - Eagle Stage

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