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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: The Origins of Jurassic 5 with Chali 2na

Moment of Truth: The Origins of Jurassic 5 with Chali 2na

Jurassic 5 is a uniquely timeless hip-hop collective. Four MC’s and two DJ’s who came together to form a unified sound that brought hip-hop out of the '90s and into the '00s in style. The L.A. crew has always…
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Music, All Shook Down How L.A.'s Jurassic 5 Helped Catalyze a Hip-Hop Scene in S.F.

How L.A.'s Jurassic 5 Helped Catalyze a Hip-Hop Scene in S.F.

From the latest SF Weekly: Jurassic 5: If, at some point, future musicologists ever seek to unearth a dense concentration of Bay Area hip-hop culture, they'd have to look no further than a typical Jurassic 5 show at the Justice…
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Music, How Jurassic 5 Helped Catalyze a Hip-Hop Scene in S.F.

How Jurassic 5 Helped Catalyze a Hip-Hop Scene in S.F.

If, at some point, future musicologists ever seek to unearth a dense concentration of Bay Area hip-hop culture, they'd have to look no further than a typical Jurassic 5 show at the Justice League in the late '90s. Openers would…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: A Bag Pipe Festival, A New Band from Members of Jawbreaker and Green Day, and More

Music Links: A Bag Pipe Festival, A New Band from Members of Jawbreaker and Green Day, and More

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Music, All Shook Down Jurassic 5's DJ Nu-Mark on the Search for Rare Records and Playing With Toys

Jurassic 5's DJ Nu-Mark on the Search for Rare Records and Playing With Toys

With over 35,000 records in his collection, producer and DJ Nu-Mark, one of the founding members of the recently reunited Jurassic 5, has managed to stay above the trends of dance music and digital DJing with his classical sensibilities…
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Music, All Shook Down Jurassic 5 Take Outside Lands Back to the Schoolyard, 8/10/13

Jurassic 5 Take Outside Lands Back to the Schoolyard, 8/10/13

By DANIEL LEVIN BECKER Jurassic 5 Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 Outside Lands Music Festival I think of Jurassic 5, in the relatively rare event that I think of Jurassic 5, as a gateway drug. They were a huge part of…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • This year's Outside Lands lineup – going on hints dropped by press time – looks like a scrambled iPod time machine, or maybe a fantasy out of Inception. Baauer and Willie Nelson? Paul McCartney and Jurassic 5? Youth…
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Music, All Shook Down It's 12-12-12, So Here Are Some "12" Songs to Soundtrack Your Day

It's 12-12-12, So Here Are Some "12" Songs to Soundtrack Your Day

Welcome to 12-12-12, everybody. Since there won't be another one for 100 years, and since we'll all likely be dead by the time that one happens, we thought it'd be nice to have a special soundtrack for the day…
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Music, All Shook Down Chali 2na on How To Travel in Poor Man's First Class, and Getting Pelted with Bottles by Green Day Fans

Chali 2na on How To Travel in Poor Man's First Class, and Getting Pelted with Bottles by Green Day Fans

At six-foot five-inches tall, traveling the touring circuit can be far from comfortable for the rapper and ex-Jurassic 5 member Chali 2na -- not least when it comes to squeezing himself into airplane seats intended for those of a markedly…
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Music, All Shook Down What's With All The Misspelled Names in Hip-Hop?: An Examination

What's With All The Misspelled Names in Hip-Hop?: An Examination

So Chali 2na's coming to Yoshi's tonight. Dude may be the most likeable member of Jurassic 5, with his booming voice and salaam-to-that-ass demeanor, but he's also the one whose name mounts the most nihilistic assault on orthographic sensibility…
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Music, Reviewed The Chop Shop

The Chop Shop

Remember ye olde days of turntablism? When all the DJs (diggers, we called them) were high on their horses delivering lessons — literally, as our man Cut Chemist had his "Lesson Six," following in the footsteps of Godhead DJs Double…
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Music, BeatBox Z-Trip's second-homecoming

Z-Trip's second-homecoming

The ongoing love affair between genre-busting maestro DJ Z-Trip and his fiercely loyal fans in the Bay Area started almost 10 years ago. San Francisco was one of the earliest cities outside of his hometown of Phoenix to rally around…
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Music, Reviewed Jurassic 5 Skhool Yard

Jurassic 5 Skhool Yard

Hip hop's DNA compels it to forever walk the line between showmanship and shtick -- at once pleasing party-hungry crowds and playing with the limitations of the art form. Rarely has this tightrope act been more captivating than with Los…
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Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple When the Pawn... (Clean Slate/Epic) Committing to a fledgling pop star is a lot like establishing trust and intimacy with a new lover. How many times have we been jilted when a favorite artist has sold out to…
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Future Primitive Soundsessions A Future Primitive Soundsession is the hip-hop equivalent of Mandelbrot fractals: The sporadic parties always produce collages of sound that swim in beats of infinite depth and ever-changing complexity. Future Primitive organizer Mark Herlihy achieves this effect…
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Jurassic 5 These days, rap MCs claiming "the mad skills" are about as believable as a Haight Street hippie saying he's got real hash to sell. Believe them, and you'll be rewarded with jaded thoughts or pockets full of Play-Doh.…
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