Jurassic 5 won't apologize for not making gangsta rap music, even though they hail from the west and were raised on a healthy diet of Ice T, Eazy-E, and Toddy Tee, in addition to East Coast...Expand
The five-man collective that also includes Zaakir (Soup), Chali 2na, Marc 7, and producer/DJ Nu-Mark may have shared concert stages in the U.S. and abroad with mainstream acts Bruce Springsteen, Fiona Apple, Green Day, D'Angelo and OutKast, but their music has always maintained the underground grit of their 1997 self-titled independent EP that sold 300,000 copies worldwide.
Feedback, their third major label release, has its share of crossover tracks. "Work It Out," the album's first single, is a collab with Jam Band superstar Dave Matthews, and "Brown Girl," featuring vocals from new reggae sister act Brick & Lace, is a bonafide pop hit sculpted by Scott Storch. The rest of the album, however, is heavy on their trademark old school hip-hop, and even a dose of world music.
With Feedback, J5 plans to take things to the next level.
Zaakir says a recent conversation he had with an old friend made him put things into perspective. When he ran into the friend he had not seen since The Good Life days asked him how J5 managed to reach their level of success while Freestyle Fellowship had essentially fallen off, he was stumped.
"I really wasn't ready for no question like that," Zaakir recalls. "I was like I don't know. Maybe business decisions. Maybe being able to compromise, and tolerate people's ways. I'm sure this type of shit came into play. I feel like everybody got their shot. The Pharcyde came out had their shot, but they broke up. Cypress Hill definitely had their shot. Alkaholiks had their shot. I don't feel we had our shot as far as like radio. That's the only thing I wish. Can we go hard one time? Then I would feel like we got our shot.