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Quality Control
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2005
After stumbling across Jurassic 5 by mistake in a Burtons shop with 'Concrete Schoolyard' bursting out of the speakers i new at that moment i need their stuff. So i brought the J5-Lp a brilliant album and one of the best rap/hip-hop debuts ever!
Although this alubm is not as good as the first it still is a masterpiece 'Quality Control' uses more tracks and rhymes to make the listener just chill.
Quality Control is easily the best song on the album and the second best they've done. The line 'Lyrical Decapitation' sums up this entire band. With 2na the best deliverist and top 5 of my favourite Mc's. Other stand out tracks include Lausd and Influence, with Concrete And Clay a good lyrical display but not as good as the Schoolyard from the first.
This album needs to be in your collection, a mellowed out Black Star!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2001
jurassic 5 are back...but it is a more mature sound we hearing pourin out of our stereo.on first listening 'quality' may seem inferioir to its predecessor, without the catchy choruses and standout tracks.but this album demands listening too.The beats laid down my cut chemist and nu-mark are incredible, pathing the way for the for MCs to do there thing.'Quality' is a fusion of a jazz background,with MCing straight out of the old school, early 90s LA scene.The delicately interwoven rhymes of 2na,Akil,Zakir and Marc 7even are still there brimmin with positivity, but there is an edgier side to this record.'Quality' will become a classic in anyone's record collection, if given the chance for the beats to slowly unravel!Cut chemist once again demonstrates his amazin skills with he brilliantly cut swingset,a bizarre mixture that is strangely infectious.Most of all 'quality' is a triumph of hip hop's daisy age, a record that really makes you stand up and recognise this group's talent.no go buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2006
Modern day rap is something that, in my opinion , has been bred from the whole egotistical and mass of abusive songs that came from the early 90's. Big Daddy Kane is, ofcourse, an exception from most of this scene, but there is no doubt that modern day 'gangsta-rap' is heavily influenced from this scene. The less offensive, more casually and laid back 'rap' was often left oiut the mainstream equation, with the afore mentioned Big Daddy Kane and Will Smith leading the way through various sub-genres of hip-hop. Jurassic 5 are, ironically, descendants of this smooth, summer-esque 'beats-and-rhymes' mindset of music. Which, in this day and age, is truly a brilliant thing indeed.

So, to the album itself. The album, as a whole, is a good, solid package of smooth songs that instantly brighten up anyone's day, or make it even better. The are, however, some true moments of brilliance, less than there are on 'Power Of Numbers', on this album. The title track is great, with the innovative 'rhymers', as they preferred to be called, bouncing off each other. 'Swing Set', a DJ instrumental of sampling and scratching, is based on, what the various voice-overs call 'the sound of the 30's' - it's imaginative, smart and down right good. Period. 'World Of Entertainment' is a clever and ironic song, with some great beats provided by DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist. 'Contribution' is my personal foavourite, as the lyrics are laced with irony and wit. A very smart song with some wonderfully slick backbeats.

In short, Jurassic 5's 'Quality Control' is smart, smooth and so original in today's hectic place. It's a great change from what we're are used to hearing these days. If you want a brilliant and powerful ntrip down the good parts of memory lane, then you couldn't do much worse than listening to this musical goodness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2006
Nevermind Kanye West, 50 Cent or even Emimem these guys rap faster an truer than anyone else, all the tracks on this album are pure quality. From pure fun to making a statement this is the best Hip hop there is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2001
I don't do this... It was Monday morning, 8:55am waiting outsie my local music store to get in and buy this album. I have never, ever, ever waited like that to buy a new release but after the self-titled EP, 'Quality Control' had to be good... and it is! The re-working of 'Concrete Schoolyard' into 'Concrete and Clay' is a personal favourite but the whole album is classic hip-hop. It is a shame that J5 haven't received the wider support they deserve. However, if you buy this you have the honour of saying you have something very special in your music collection, and no one can take that away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2000
Although not as good as their first EP, Quality Control (the group's first full length album) does not disappoint. No single song shines like 'Lesson 6' or 'Concrete Schoolyard' from the last album, but there is more quality that appears consistently throughout the cd. The title track and 'Jurass finish first' are probably the tracks you'll get into first, but as you listen more, you'll find they all have decent beats courtesy of Cut-Chemist, and smooth and poignant lyrics...most distinctively from Chali2na (check out 'jurass finish first' to hear his voice become one with the beat).
Overall, i would definitely recommend this cd to all old skool hip hoppers, but i would also suggest they bought the J5 EP first (their debut album). Lastly, a comment about the explicit version - there is hardly any really bad language and as far as i can tell, 'import' does not make too much difference to the other version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2004
This is one of that rare breed of albums that is simply instantly likeable. From the very first vocal hook to the last instrumental fading into the background this is undoubtedly an exceptional piece of work, both musically and lyrically. The first track on the album, "The Influence" is right on point and literally impossible to dislike. The group shows supreme confidence in its own ability without appearing arrogant or confrontational, preferring to let the music and their vocal skills do the talking - "Then crush your confidence like plastic condiments/
Build you up to break you down like forgotten monuments/
The question is this: will they return with the hot shit?/
Or keep it on the low flow"
"Great Expectations", the third track, is high paced and again very strong. It is aptly named, because this album definitely lived up to the high expectations of those who had followed the group's underground roots. Chali 2na, the group's most recognisable member due to his deep tone of voice, is particularly strong lyrically -
"Servicing bulletins to you critical puritans
Who be shouting in my vicinity doubting my capability
(Expect) no defeat, my whole fleet be scorching
Keep across your vision blurred from heat distortion
The proportions better take precaution
While we shake the portion fakes are lost in, never flossing"
Throughout the album one of the group's major strengths is its chemistry, both between the rappers/djs and also with the flow that is evident in the way the verses intricately fit together almost impeccibly. The group also switch between solo and group verses, as is the case for much of the title track "Quality Control". As well as being easy to listen to, the album also delivers some strong lessons and messages for the listener. "Lausd" and "World of Entertainment (WOE is me)" are examples where the group warn about the ugly side of fame and the music industry, and also state that "We are no superstars/who wanna get large and forget who we are". Other standout tracks include "Jurass Finish First", "Concrete and Clay" and "The Game", but truthfully every song is worth a listen there should be no skipping necessary. In short, this is pretty much a complete album and is a must buy for any MUSIC (not just hip-hop) fan. Go get it
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2006
This is a great hip hop album, without any of the dismal macho posturing that passes for MTV-friendly hip hop these days. Five blokes rapping wittily and smoothly in sync, flowing really well, etc. But the absolute highlight is the last tune, a *mad* cut-and-paste 6 minute mix of old Swing/ Big Band-style 78s. Thumping beats and horns going off all over the place, and clever little samples. It is funky as anything. It is seriously worth buying this album just for this one track.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2001
Jurassic 5 really don't recieve the recognition they deserve. After their first album 'Jurasic 5' i was sure their second release would be a dissapointment, how could they follow that kind of quality? i was glad to be proved wrong. The aptly named 'Quality Control' keeps u coming back time after time with a myriad of classic beats, groovy tunes and superb rapping. This really is a must have for all fans of Hip-Hop, don't stop to consider or pause to think just move your mouse cursor and press the 'buy' link.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2000
This follow up album to the self titled original is a solidified sound and suceeds in toping the first offering , cementing themselves with an old school style that is uniqe as it is masterful and refreshing to put on.
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