The Jurassic 5 reunion, more than a year old, is a nostalgia trip from an act that once used nostalgia as a bridge to create something innovative. With two DJs and four MCs, J5 still focus on the smooth lyrical interplay between the distinct voices while hinging all on the battle-worn chops of Cut Chemist and DJ Numark. On stage, the six artists have talent to spare, making J5 an act that doesn’t seem like it should feel dated (though rapping about rapping can only hold the public’s attention for so long). But hip-hop has changed and grown in different ways than anticipated in the last 15 years, and the influence of the hometown heroes is less apparent than was expected. Still, there is something about the chemistry between Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7 and coffin-deep voiced Chali 2na that adds up to more than mourning the rise and fall of West Coast alternative hip-hop. Jurassic 5 know that they are entertainers, and were visibly overjoyed to get the opportunity to showcase what they’ve been practicing for two decades.
Jurassic 5 @ the Greek Theatre, July 12, 2014
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