Jurassic 5

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“We humble, but don’t mistake us for some corny-ass crew,” J-5 collectively proclaim on “If Only You Knew,” a track from their 2002 LP, Power in Numbers. It is excellent West Coast hip-hop that spoke—and still speaks—very clearly to a massive swath of rap fans who were looking for a different kind of L.A. hip-hop. Their self-titled debut came two years after 2Pac’s post-prison comeback, All Eyez On Me, and six years after Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. They spoke to the 17-year-old me that loved the UMCs, Grand Puba, Digable Planets and Pete Rock & CL Smooth. These guys find inspired and brilliantly-studied samples for every record and deftly drop hilarious interludes and voicemails, often reaching Beastie Boys-level of gut-busting laughs.

Arguably, they turned in their two best (2002’s Power In Numbers and 2006’s Feedback) before calling it quits. But Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir and Marc 7 are ready to rhyme again, and their DJs Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist are set to help em’ turn the party out. They’ve hinted at a live record collected from this big reunion tour, and hey, they just did Glastonbury. These OGs are straight-up heroes. They’re like shamans who helped guide gangster rap back towards the cerebral, jazz-influenced urban artform honed brilliantly by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Sugar Hill Gang and Eric B. & Rakim. // BILL CHENEVERT

6:30pm. $27. With Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies + Supernatural. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St. delawareriverwaterfront.com
 

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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 07/31/2014. .

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Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

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