Jurassic 5
Power in Numbers


4.5
superb

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
June 13th, 2006 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Regardless of the situation Jurassic 5's Power in Numbers always makes me feel like one cool cat. Weather Iím having a stressful day, a happy day, or a crappy day Power in Numbers is always able to make me kick back and relax. Often compared to hip-hop acts such as Blackalicous, Outkast, and Latyrx J5 have gained some critical acclaim. Although all of these rap groups have a distinct and different sound Jurassic 5 separate themselves from your average rap music by adding an extremely old-school and bad-ass sound to the genre. While many hip-hop albums have an ďold-school and bad-ass" sound J5 also incorporate different genres into their music such as funk, jazz, and pop.

To create a relaxing and chilled out atmosphere Jurassic 5 do a couple of things. First things first vocalist Chali 2na keeps things extremely mellow and cool with his deep and rebellious tone. Things go so smoothly when he steps up to the microphone, not many rappers can do this but Chali gives the music a laid-back, old school feel while his voice is compelling at the same time. Instead of mixing in quirky electronics and textures of instruments J5 keep things simple. Most of the time Chali will find himself rapping over a simple beat, turntables, and funky basslines. The focus is obviously on Chali and the other various rappers that make their way into the music rather then instruments.

Other then the chilled out vibe that Power in Numbers creates there are many more reasons to love the album. The groups first album Quality Control lacked both range and consistency but with Power in Numbers J5 come up with some different ideas and experiments. The albums second track, Freedom mixes together smooth lounge stylings, along with a soft beat. There is a conversation going on in the background and it almost makes you feel like youíre sitting in a hotel lobby, a hip hotel lobby that is. If You Only Knew brings elements of jazz and R&B to the table. A sleazy flute line is played throughout the versus as Chali raps it up in his thundering and steady voice. Some lush tones make their way into the song and everything flows smoothly.

Like I said before Power in Numbers is fairly experimental and shows off a lot various ideas. Break is a track that focuses on percussion and different beats. During the middle of the song there is a stretch were the music is just comprised of a head nodding beat repeated for about thirty seconds. Whatís Golden is a much flashier song featuring a deep, vibrating beat and some short and sweet trumpet bleeps. The atmosphere of the song is yet again relaxed but it has a slightly jazzy and funky feel, almost as if Stevie Wonder meets Nas. I Am Somebody is another song soaked with funky guitar licks and a boisterous chorus giving the song a party like atmosphere.

High Fidelity is probably the most old-school and lush song off the album. Featuring Zakirs high pitched and disobedient voice, a lush beat, and a myserious flute line not a whole lot of complexity is found in the song. The thing that makes Power in Numbers such a fun listen is how the music is so simple yet J5 manage to fit in different instruments and styles into their music. At first the music will just sound like mainstream hip-hop with a tinge of an old-school vibe. After multiple listens different genres and instruments will slowly be discovered, Cut Chemist and Co. subtly mix in different instruments including flutes, trumpets, and pianos.

Thatís basically all that Power in Numbers has to offer. If youíre looking for some angry, intense, and pump up hip-hop tunes then donít look here. Instead Jurassic 5 bring back an old school hip-hop vibe feel few bands can capture. While listening to Power in Numbers all that you have to do is kick back, relax and enjoy the rhythmic beats that the music has to offer. To be completely honest Jurassic 5 didnít do anything revolutionary or even creative, but they sure do know how to make some dope, chilled out, and rebellious sounding hip-hop tunes.



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Sepstrup
June 13th 2006


1563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. You really review some cool albums, and I find myself reading every review you write, I think we have similar tastes. I haven't heard any Jurassic 5, but this definitely sounds like something I'd enjoy, I tend to enjoy laid-back, fun hiphop more than angry hiphop (I enjoy Blackalicious more than Public Enemy, for instance). This Message Edited On 06.13.06

Zesty Mordant
June 13th 2006


1196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn good album, but I think I dig Quality Control over this. "A Day at the Races" is my favorite track on this album.
And I don't think anyone could ever get sick of Chali 2na's voice. His flow isn't that great, but man his tone....just pure awesomeness

mx
Moderator
June 13th 2006


733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"What's Golden" is amazing

Jom
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2006


2688 Comments


"What's Golden" is my all-time favorite J5 song. Part of it is because that was the NBA Finals song when the Pistons won it all, but then again it is also an essential J5 track.
You're getting close to the big 100, man! Keep up the stellar work.

Sepstrup
June 13th 2006


1563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He'll be the only sputnik user to reach 100 so far, correct?

niobium
June 13th 2006


238 Comments


This is a great review, seeing as I have to listen to this album already. My favorite non video game song would have to be "Freedom", it's just an inspiring song that sets the tone for the rest of the album.

masada
June 13th 2006


2733 Comments


I have 99 reviews also.

Nice one.

supraman_2
June 13th 2006


146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review and a great album. I love Remember His Name. I also enjoy how they don't rap about the same mainstream bullshit like a lot of other rappers.

Brain Dead
June 13th 2006


1150 Comments


You've got the wrong rap group, dude. You're thinking of Fort Minor.

supraman_2
June 13th 2006


146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No I'm not, Fort Minor sucks.
Read the tracklist son.This Message Edited On 06.13.06

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Fort Minor song is Remember the Name.
Fort Minor's pretty good, their albums on par with this.

supraman_2
June 13th 2006


146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I must disagree with your opinion, granted I'd rather listen to Fort Minor than alot of the stuff I've been hearing lately I still think his rapping is subpar, just my opinion. It is a great improvement upon his Linkin Park lyrics so maybe sucks is a little harsh, I'll say dislike then.
Thanks for backing me on the name though.

Hatshepsut
June 16th 2006


1997 Comments


[quote=Eliminator]I have 99 reviews also.[/quote]You lie like a rug.
Breadman ftw.

Great review.

masada
June 19th 2006


2733 Comments


Yeah I lied. I have a hundred.

Phaedra
June 24th 2006


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can dig it, but most of their songs don't attract me.

deathscreamingsheep
June 29th 2006


86 Comments


I quite like this though I really should here more before passing judgement.

JumpTheF**kUp
November 19th 2006


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I havn't heard any of this album except for Whats Golden, which was one of my favourite songs when I was 10 - 11.
Great review, I might look into buying this album, as well as Blackalicious' Blazing Arrow.

MrKite
October 13th 2007


5020 Comments


Freedom and Thin Line are so far the only songs I've really gotten into. I still need to give this a better listen, though.

beans
August 3rd 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is an amazing album

botb
August 3rd 2008


9722 Comments


J5 used to be so awesome, and they still are. nice to see an oldschool sounding hip hop group still holding down the fort against the mainstream filth.This Message Edited On 08.03.08

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