Thursday, March 22, 2007

quality control


Chali 2na takes a dump on stage, just like they did in '88.

I don't have much to add to the numerous Jurassic 5 eulogies that hasn't already been said. They were talented emcees with a pair of unfadeable dj's making enjoyable if somewhat derivative music. J5 catered to the scared-of-new-rap contingent in a way the Roots and Black Star never did, so their backslide into the shark-jumping Dave Matthew collab (which wasn't even that bad) was inevitable. But dudes had a classic EP, a pair of solid albums and one of the best live shows of the backpacker era. That's enough for me to excuse their wholesale biting of Super Lover Cee lyrics.

Oh and absolutely nothing is fucking with "A Day At The Races" with Big Daddy Kane and Percee P. That track was INSANE.

Anyways, I got to interview Jurassic 5 back in 2003. It was pretty dull, cramped in the back of their tour bus with Chali 2na hitting on the girl who came with me, and going on for a good 10 minutes about how reclusive British emcee Skinnyman (note: NO MYSPACE PAGE) is a stand-up guy.

But between the interview and the show, I got to kick it with Cut Chemist, who had literally ran from me when he saw the minidisc and microphone. He seemed massively depressed, saying all he did was sleep on the bus and how sick he was of watching the rest of the band play Def Jam Vendetta and Fight Night. We hit up Vintage Vinyl and he hooked up with at least 15 dollar bin breaks. Dude said he was only buying records that he knew Edan didn't have, or to break them over his head for stress relief. I talked him into buying Mike the 2600 King and Doug Surreal's "T.A.B.L.A.M.F.C.B.", and when the counter girl giggled at what it stood for ("treat a bitch like a motherfuckin crack bitch"), he lamented that girls in LA wouldn't find that funny.

As we walked back to the club, he expressed concern in being able to get in without any ID. "I look like our biggest fan," he said.

Not at all surprising Cut left the group shortly afterwards.

Earlier: GW9K brings up some questions for classroom discussion regarding J5's demise.

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