Friday, 21 March 2014

REWIND: Jurassic 5 - 'Jayou'

Wow. After a quick check, I have just learned that I have not once featured the mighty Jurassic 5 on the site yet. That just will not do. So better late than never, here's a track from one of my favourite hip hop albums of all time by one of the finest rap crews to ever walk this planet. Jurassic 5 were formed in 1993 from members of two previous groups, Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee. Keeping the old skool spirit of hip hop alive, their music is energetic, infectious and very tight. After the release of their fourth LP, the group broke up in 2007, citing "musical differences". However, a reunion in 2013 has seen them play a set at the Coachella festival, before they hit the road for a UK tour this year. June 25 find them playing at the Academy in Bristol. I may very well have to go to that. From the self titled debut album from 1998, here's one Steve Lamacq used to play quite a bit of The Evening Session. I think I eventually ended up finding it on a free CD that came with the NME. How the hell did something as good as this only get to Number 56 in the UK singles chart? 'Jayou' samples 'Music Man Pt. 2' by Pleasure Web as well as 'Droppin' EM' by LL Cool J.

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