Music » Music News

Da news


Since the release of their debut, 1997's widely popular "J5 EP," these six (like their Detroit peers Dirty Dozen, the numbers don’t match the name) LA residents have been in danger of being pigeonholed as an "old-school" group. The way they re-create the early-’80s wild style is admirable, but are they just a hip-hop version of Las Vegas nostalgia revues? Quality Control should silence all doubters. The lyrics are more furious, the choruses tighter, and the production by DJs Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark is pure brilliance. "Doo Wop" has Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Daakir and Akil harmonizing and rhyming over the top of barbershop-quartet-style crooning; the title track sounds like an in-studio party, complete with claps, yells and background chatter; and the instrumental creation, "Swingset," should put the nouveau-swing groups to shame. This album shows that sampling is still alive and well, as elements from the past are pieced together to make new music – and not just with a SP1200 and turntables. The Jurassic Five have taken the old and crafted a style of their own, and that’s art in its finest form.

Luke Forrest writes about music for the Metro Times. E-mail [email protected].

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.