Power in Numbers is the third studio album by American hip hop group Jurassic 5. It picks up where their previous album, Quality Control "left off", with a short double bass sample playing the same riff that the last song on Quality Control, "Swing Set", ended with.Wikipedia
I freaking LOVE this album. I have since it came out in 2002. It's been a few years since I last listened to it and I'm kicking myself. This is easily one of my top 10 albums of all time. Smart, culturally relevant lyrics, powerful break beats, serious in-th-pocket swings... it's the whole package. This is what the best of hip-hop sounds like. There's nothing more that needs to be said. It's the best. Period.
This is the peak of the 90s rap group. Beats are fresh, samples are dope, and lyrics spit hot from the titular five members, each getting an appearance on each track. For a guy that says he prefers 90s rap more than today, I'm surprised I could never name drop this group and this album. But now I can... ;)
Like Prefab Sprout, this was another shocking album for me. I had never even heard of Jurassic 5 before this, but they delivered the first alternative hip-hop album I not only liked but loved. The lyricism and flow on each track are better than nearly any other classic-era rap artist I've heard. Definitely didn't like the final track though, just a bunch of ambient noise. Fav songs: Most of them but especially: what's golden, if your only knew, react
Really interesting album. Great lyricism, good flow from one song to the next, and varied sampling create a great, cohesive piece
Great Album, didn't know I needed this in my life
This is so good!! I can’t believe I never heard this before. Wow.
What’s not to like. Looped samples, ensemble of MCs, punchy drums, and tasteful flourishes from the DJs. I mean, how many hip hop songs have a god damn flute?!
Classic underground hip hop, brings me back to high school, great all around
This reminds me of dancing in kitchens at uni so much. Top tracks remain A Day At The Races and High Fidelity
Fantastic album, loaded with great tracks. Back to back with Quality Control, Jurassic 5 had two monster albums that should have made them superstars.
Yoooo, every track is 🔥🔥🔥. Why have I never listened to this? It’s seriously incredible.
Absolutely mad work of art. Some of the instrumentals and flows on here blew my mind. The finale rocks.
5. Perfect 90s hip hop album. Nothing to add. Artist that I didn't know I knew.
The power of positivity! Jurassic 5 has long been a hip hop favorite of mine. "Power in Numbers" and their debut, "Quality Control," are both standouts for their message, creativity, and collaborative effort. J5 features 4 rappers (and 2 DJs - which does not equal 5), all with unique voices that come together for choruses and harmonies. Chali 2na's deep flow is my favorite, but there isn't a weak voice in the group, and all deliver with incredibly creative writing and rhyming. With rap music generally way too caught up in objectification of women, violence, and drugs, the comparative positivity of Jurassic 5 is refreshing. They were not the only group cultivating their style and skill rather than trying to be edgy and hard - and they deserve acclaim alongside Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, De La Soul, and others. "Power in Numbers" is a throwback to the 80s with breaks, scratches, (lots of credit to DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist for shaping that sound), but it still feels (or felt?) fresh.
I'm surprised - this album was amazing! I was jamming from the very first song. I liked just about every song on the album. 5/5 stars.
fuckin awesome old school rap no complaints at all, just awesome 10/10
yup, yup, yup
Was totally unaware of Jurassic 5 until an 20 minutes ago. Four songs in and already added to my library. THIS is the style Hip Hop/Rap I love, with spoken word audio samples liberally but perfectly inserted. Great beats, great lyrics. A Day at the Races - a smooth flowing river of words. This is a totally worthwhile album.
Groove for dayssssss
An extremely fresh sound - chill beats so far and a real sort of jazzy/funk overlay that gives mad summer vibes. The flutes in "If you only knew" give it a Jethro Tull meets hiphop sound. The snare hits in 'Break' is so tight and clean. High Fidelity has crazy good beats. It ends really strong as an album.
Solid album, listen to it several times over
Great from start to finish. All tracks highlight.
This is a bop. Great flows, great beats,just all round proper hip hop. There's a reason it's a classic and I'm dumb for not getting on board earlier.
I don't like rap usually, I really enjoyed this.
Wowowowow. This was so amazing that I've already listened to two more of their albums. What a band! Such a nice mix of hop hop, soul, funk. If anything contains multitudes, this music does. I feel very lucky to know about them now. I wish this had an additional star to give extra special albums.
Never heard of this band I am ashamed to say but they are hugely talented!
Five, for thin line alone. Funky album, great voices.
An album I love dearly - the most consistent of all Jurassic 5's albums. What's Golden, A Thin Line, and Sum of Us are the standout tracks for me but the quality control (see what I did there) is very high throughout the album. Chali 2na's flow as ever is what makes it, but the production and sampling is tip-top as well.
This was an important listen.
An absolute classic. Positive energy, great beats. Puts the likes of Kanyes childish tantrums to shame really.
Awesome hip hop album. I like some of the reggae undertones and the message of the music is great
Sometime around 2002 I saw Jurassic 5 at a music festival or something - maybe Voodoofest in New Orleans? They were really great, but it was one of those bands I saw that I meant to revisit. Today I realize that I never did do that. 20 years later, here we are. Wow what a great album! Felt good listening to this. Love the different voices. Great music and great rapping. So glad to have them brought back to my attention, because they are definitely worth it.
Very pleasantly surprised and delighted by what I heard!
I've never listened to J5 but I loved every single track on this album. This shit was awesome and a huge surprise because I'm not really into hip hop.
Hey wow, J5 in the 1,001! I'm surprised, but I do like their brand of MCing, so despite not having heard this before today, I'm looking forward to listening. Well, I'm about halfway through this album, and what I can say so far is that it is the absolute tits. The flows are every bit as good as J5's earlier work, the beats are every bit as good as their previous too. I like this a lot. A lot a lot.
Unbelievable album. I ruddy love Jurassic 5
Right from the start I found myself bopping up and down to this. What a sound these guys have! I like some of the complex rhythms on a lot of these tracks, “Break” in particular. Don’t mistake these guys for some corny ass group (I don’t know where that came from, but it popped in my head.) This list has introduced me to some great rap music that I’ve never heard and it’s refreshing to not get some lyrics that make me cringe (from the violent content) along with the great rap. It’s tough to pick a favorite song or songs because there were so many things I loved about this album. “Thin Line” made a great impression. I love the vocal line and the keyboard melody. To be fair though, there was something on just about every track that blew me away. This album is getting a five!
Damn this is SICK stuff. Great beats, the flow is amazing. This is what a hip-hop group at their peak really sounds like. It is definitely going on the list of planned purchases. Just... WOW.
The flows on this are mean and clean. The production by Cut Chemist is really stellar and I loved all the sample. I love Charlie 2na on this record and this has that classic Jurassic vibe in it. Favorite song: A Day at the Races Least favorite song: After School Special
Starts strong - love the break beats and general feel but unfortunately as an album it tapers quite early - by the time it hits its 56 mins of length it really feels overlong. It could have done with half its length removed and it would have been an excellent record
Didn’t resonate with me like other albums.
Alternate title: Paint By Numbers
Not much dissimilar from concrete school yard but that isn’t a bad thing
Old shull hip hop
Back-to-back days of excellent hip hop (Jay-Z)…what a treat! The flow at the end of A Day At The Races is incredible! And the flow there is only slightly better than the rest of the song, meaning the level is high throughout. The flow is really good throughout the whole album too. I am captivated by Charli 2na’s deep voice. It is divine. I think if he read terms of service agreements, I would actually know to what I’m agreeing. I echo jkav’s note on the positivity in the lyrics being refreshing. This is a great find and I will be listening on a regular basis. One nitpick: Acetate Prophets is kind of weird. It can go.
клёвый блин jazz-rap. ваще прям 10/10
Omg amazing. Heerlijke activistische old school hip hop
Owned this album. Loved it. Don’t know why I don’t still have it but it was a totally awesome re-listen for me.
Jurassic 5 get a 5 from me.
Modern throwback hip-hop.
I remember listening to this when it came out. It didn't "hit hard enough" for me, but I did respect the flow. I am not sure if it's my new found appreciation for jazz or getting older, but this is a fantastic hip hop album that I definitely shouldn't have slept on as much as I did.
So many great tracks - 'A Day at the Races' and 'High Fidelity' are classics. Their previous albums are even better. Some friends and I met Chali 2na at a festival at Hackney Marshes in 2001, he seemed embarrassed but grateful to receive our admiration - great guy. I have photographical evidence of this, but I may have been a couple of beers deep and halfway through a burger at the time, and there was no hiding either.
Top beats.... and charli 2na 👌. Great album!
Very solid Hip-hop album!
Great raps, will listen again
Does anybody know if Jurassic 5 is trying to bring old school rap back? They never mention it. This is a fun album with good production. The best track features Big Daddy Kane, and it kinda made me wish I was listening to one of his albums instead. Best track: A Day at the Races
Great one although I usually dont listen to that type of the music
Enjoyed this a lot!
This album reminds me of Ill Communication by Beastie Boys more than I thought it would. The emphasis on samples that feel like real music and the interplay between the different members of the groups are weirdly similar. When I think about the rap style of Jurassic 5, I always imagine it as sort of hokey, but it's better than I remember. In retrospect, they were a lot more interesting than a lot of the other stuff that was happening in rap in this era 4/5
funky, groovy, classic early 2000s hip hop. great rhymes, great flows, great rhymes. very fun listen.
great classic early 20s record
Bien sympa petit rap des familles
Love this one.
Solid vibing album. Strong representation of west coast hip hop.
Kind of all all over the place. Lots of weird little samples.
Early hip hop rap unexpectedly good
I'm not a big rap or hip-hop fan, but this was enjoyable. Probably listen to it again. 4/5
Underground goodies Golden - favourite track!
The only reason Im giving this a 4 instead of a 5 is because I didn't hear any one song that stood out and got stuck in my head. I think the album's and instant classic and want to hear more from them
Whats golden top tier song. Annars ok, inget som fastna
So so good.
pretty good 6/10 people under the stairs is better
some surprisingly smooove stuff on there
This is: Dope intro, well-cut samples. Subtle and effective. Also totally not what I was expecting based on the album art. Freedom: Nice beat, and I loved the flow from the intro into the song. All of these guys have super interesting voices. If You Only Knew: I love the beat. I love how low-key this album is so far. Impossible not to at least bob your head. Break: Again, killer instrumental intro. The chorus part!! React: Very cool samples. Great flow from the last song to this one. A Day At The Races: Sick flow, and I like the call-and-response structure Remember His Name: Nice sound effects. Intro sounded like it was going to be emotional. The verses kept up the emotion pretty well. What's Golden: Love this bassline Thin Line: A Nelly Furtado feature! Keeps with the low-key theme, allows focus on the lyrics, which are (and have been for the whole album) really clever. After School Special: Love the intro sample and it matches the images of the "kid" conjured by the title High Fidelity: Good song, belongs with the album. Liked the horns Sum Of Us: Love the continuation of the beat from the last song, and also the wordplay in this one DDT: Cool freestyle, and it works super well as an interlude and also flows really well into the next track One Of Them - Juju: Like the call-and-response dynamic between the verses and choruses Hey: Nice melody, easy to listen to. Very smooth I Am Somebody: I like the declaration of the title. I also like the effect of everybody singing it in unison Acetate Prophets: What a title - also lol love the intro, and the outro. Was a longer track but it felt like it needed it. Overall: I really liked it. Saved it to my Spotify. 8/10
Great samples and use of the distinct vocals of each member. Message on point and delivered with wit and a gut punch. All layered over a driving funk/soul beat that just works with the mixed samples
Jurassic 5 know exactly what they're doing. Great stuff. Fave track - "Thin Line"
Upbeat, love the beats, good lyrics.
Really likes this one. Great rhymes.
Very cool! After 12-13 songs I was a bit tired of it already. But I liked very much
Hip Hop clasico.
Prefer the previous album, fantastic music but missing true bangers
Thin Line is Quality Quality backing beat and overall good vibe Great lyrics
When it hits highs, it's a pretty high album. But there feels like a decent amount of fillerish that just doesn't live up as high. I think if I could do decimals I'd do 3.5-3.7 but I think it's fair to round up to 4. If only for "What's Golden". Banger.
Mmmm mmm mmm bra i like it. Vibes liksom 4/5 I think. Gillar thin line mest
Not really my genre, but this was pretty good.
good opener! regular sounding mid nineties hip hop but not bad to listen to.
Phat beats, cool, rhythmic delivery. I liked most of it. Not too aggressive, clever wordplay. Better than most hip-hop. 3.75 out 5
Great hip hop. Awesome beats and even recognized a few tunes
Вропне неплохой американский реп)
Very nice beats, can’t believe I never listened to this band.
Jaja. Bra skit gillar att det är så studsigt och att det är så avslappnad rap. Gillar samplingen i Freedom gillar What’s Golden såklart och Hey.
Holy crap! I never heard this before?!?!? This is brilliant!
Every beat on this album is incredible. And everyone on this album is an awesome rapper. The rhymes are much more hit than miss, and a lot of the songs have meaning, which wins big points with me. It’s a little long for my taste but otherwise this album absolutely earned its spot on this list.
A great look at the transition from classic hip hop to early 2000's style. Very solid.
Great alternative hip-hop! I love the sampling on this album, lots of vintage commercials/movies FAV TRACKS: If You Only Knew, Break, DDT, I Am Somebody, Acetate Prophets LEAST FAV TRACKS: Sum Of Us
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Didn’t know what to expect from This artist I had never heard of. Was not disappointed and will definitely listen again soon
Not my normal listen but this is excellent, loved it.
Okay, I see what they're dropping. I can dig this for sure. What's Golden is legit.
I have a soft spot for Jurassic 5 as I really enjoyed them when I was in high school. "What's Golden" was one of their songs that I listened to a lot. Some of their stuff sounds a little silly to me now, but their hooks and samples are undeniably catchy, and the varied voices of the rappers helps keep it interesting. I remember "Thin Line" now too.
This list is just making me biased towards any R&B group with a good balance of voices and talent. Thoroughly enjoyed this.
i didn’t expect to like this but i did!! and the first two songs blended together. loved it
Great production, super laid-back vibe.
Хип-хоп нулевых с заявкой на олд скул 6,5/10
I can’t believe I have never heard Jurassic 5 before! Lyrics that play on grammar (“pass” participles), reference DDT, and Herman Munster? What’s not to love. They also have that almost jazz-like groove that I love in digable planets and de la soul. Thanks 1001 albums, this is one I will be coming back to.
Is it me or are sample-heavy albums like this difficult to produce and release? Perhaps I'm out of touch but they do seem unique. 3 Feet High and Rising, the '89 De La Soul album, is virtually unattainable today due to all the rules and hight costs of licensing the samples it contained. Power In Numbers likely wasn't cheap, but they really make the album special. Great licks, snappy beats and great sample grabs from artists like Minnie Ripperton and David Axelrod. This album really wouldn't exist without them. Regardless, this albums roots are in the old skool and there's plenty of range in the ummm six(?) voices. Each is unique and brings a special flavor to the album, which leads me to this... I've always wondered what the Verbal Herman Munster looks like. I get the Munsters and The Adams Family mixed up, is he the dad that resembles Frankenstein or the kid with the super tall widows peak? The dad, right? Doesn't matter, I didn't listen to this album much when it was released, and was happy to have been able to spend some good time with it here.
Great album, in some alternate universe they are bigger than anyone in the game. Wonderful variety of samples and guests. Thin line, Hey, and Freedom my top tracks, along with Kool Kieth's DDT freestyle
At a certain point, the boom-bap beats start to wear on you. There are also a few cuts near the end that drag the record down a little. However, the flows are technical and tight, and this is still an enjoyable listen. Favorite tracks: "Freedom", "What's Golden"
Not background music - need another listen to appreciate properly. It's got a good vibe though.
Solid hip hop
Some great drum beats on this one, would listen again.
Like it...tho not my usual stuff....wrap hiphop scratch funk jazz
Steady beat, not bad. Although not my bag, lean and tuneful which is more than I can say about some in this genre
The flow is so damn good. Favorite tracks are Freedom and Remember His Name
solid boom bap
Charlie 2na has one of the best voices in hip-hop. J5's harmonies and group floor is amazing. Cut Chemist and Numark also incredible.
Stellar classic rap album. Pivotal styling
Power album in terms of voice and sound. Feels very performative. As if they were reveal on stage behind a red curtain. They work with great unity to deliver a singular sound. Very upbeat instrumental music that screams out confidence. A proud experience is felt listening to this album.
Good. But there are similar records I like better.
I Love it
Glad to have listened to Jurassic 5 for the first time!
Good beats, reminds me of ATCQ
Joskus aikoinaan joku kaveri hypetti näiden musaa. En muista miksi ei aikanaan lähtenyt myös itsellä lentoon, mutta onhan tämä ihan rentoa meisinkiä ja varsinkin toimiva levy.
Good album with multiple rappers. Liked the themes of the lyrics.
Varying flavors of hip-hop with a classic feel. Fun
Strong and accessible
Fun. Jaunty. I'd listen to these guys a whole bunch.
Funky, old school stylee hip-hop vibes.
I remember when I first auditioned for Jurassic 5. They asked me if I could perform a backflip through a ring of fire, whilst sucking everyone off. I did it. They then chemically castrated me in front of a live studio audience.
Enjoyed I lot more than I thought I would
I enjoyed this even though it's really not in my wheelhouse. It was a cool diversion from my usual fare.
A party I'm not supposed to be at, but it sounds GREAT.
A stellar album with no skips. It makes me overwhelmed to think how much amazing music I have yet to hear considering I missed this.
This was cool. Hadn’t heard it before, definitely going in regular rotation now
3.5/5. This is pretty good. I had no problem listening to it, however, most of the songs seem to repeat themselves. I think I would have enjoyed this more if it were a little shorter. That being said, by no means did I not like this. This album is more enjoyable than others on this list.
Rap is not usually my thing, but this is very creative stuff. I love the samples and melodies.
Fantastic album with great flow and groove.
Great beats, I liked this.
This is a feel good collection of tunes
Verrrry good. MF DOOM-esque at points
Great opening half and then I felt like it just petered out. Not the first album I think I'd have given it 5⭐ if it was half as long...
Good discovery. Right doses os rhythm melody and content
extremely 2002, but pretty solid.
2/8/22 Really appreciate the entire album as an artistic statement all together. I like how everything flows into one another. Album combines strong themes with cool beats and a fun energy that’s enjoyable to listen to. Very strong 90s hip hop influence which makes sense since it came out in 2002. Overall really enjoyed. Favorites: High Fidelity, This is/Freedom, DDT
Really cool hip hop album. Favorites were Freedom, What’s Golden, and High Fidelity.
8th February 2022 Listened throughout the day while doing bits and pieces, gym etc. drove home in the evening to look at houses in Painswick. Love this. Funky, early 90s hip hop sound. 4.5 if I could.
Yeah great 90s early 2000s rap. Lyrically great, amazing voice and some real gems
4.0 - I could be wrong but to me these guys seem underrated. I liked this record. The flows were on point, the rhymes were interesting, and overall it was a pleasant, uplifting listen. Some cool beats, too, especially the last track "Acetate Prophets."
EVen it is not melodic at all, I like it very much. The flow was very rhythmic and I enjoyed very much.
Wonderful! This sounds to me like a well balanced record, taking cues from the old-school rap while still being firmly planted in the current time, making it sound fresh and new still twenty years after. A classic without the shadow of a doubt. Play it loud and with a lot of bass.
Fun, chilled hip hop.
I have never heard this artist/band before. So far I like it - Freedom is a good track. Very late 90s hip hop vibes. I like the difference in voices - they contrast each other. Nevermind I HAVE heard this band before. What's Golden!!
Not as strong as Quality Control, but still too notch
This is my jam!
-The synced up chorus in "If You Only Knew" and "Break" were both catchy -Whoever's got the deep voice is great. Especially the rhyme scheme in "A Day Races." Although pretty much everyone had great rhyme schemes in that one -In "A Day At The Races" one bar is "You're out of your league like Jordan in baseball" and that's a solid bar right there. also the bass line is great -Gnarly rhymes in "High Fidelity" -In "Sum Of Us" he says 'Seeing more demons than Gene Simmons" -"A Day At The Races," "After School Special," High Fidelity," and "Sum of Us" are all really strong tracks with great rhyme schemes and flows -The best rap/hip hop album I've had so far
Loved this. Lots of variety, rewards repeated listening. Great!
I very much liked this one. I had three listens today and it was enjoyable every time!
I enjoyed this quite a bit. Great backing tracks, fun rhymes.
Basically, it's a bit of a classic in it's genre.
This is cool music. I didn’t really pay much attention to them back in the day. Reminds of of De La Soul.
I really like this album. Great beats and catchy moments. I don't usually love hip-hop because it can be super violent and misogynistic. But at least this isn't obviously violent. I didn't listen to the lyrics in a detailed way. I was tempted to give it 4, as 3 doesn't seem high enough. But will I really listen to it again...maybe more than other 4's I've rated on this list. Not sure what I will rate yet.
I like it! I don't have many reference points for hip hop, so I don't really know how to put it in any context, but I'd definitely put it on again.
I had never heard this album before. And really enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Feels really timeless and solid over all. Would recommend, would listen to again.
I've forgotten how good F5 is. This album is raw, the beats are simple and the lyrics are great. 4/5.
Clear muscular hip-hop. Shout-out to Kevin Loughery’s footwear is a personal highlight.
I Really liked "Sum of Us"
Some nice mature sounding rap/hip hop. These fellas don't sound like kids, but grown ass adults. Enjoyably of a Thursday morning.
This was the good hip hop
Great album, in some alternate universe they are bigger than anyone in the game. Wonderful variety of samples and guests. Thin line, Hey, and Freedom are my favourite songs, along with Kool Keith's DDT freestyle 4 🌟
Not sure what to say about this one, I enjoyed it. Not enough dinosaur references though, considering their name..
one of the better classic rap albums whats golden is a banger and the rest has a nice flow
Sounds interesting, hip-hop intertwined with jazz-funk, I've never heard anything like that
Really good! I enjoyed this a lot.
Strong beats and a steady stream of solid cuts. Shows some passion and thoughtfulness re soical issues without being preachy or presumptuous.
Loved this, great bit of jazz/soul influenced hip-hop...
Really great. Guy with the deep voice (Charli 2na I think?) steals the show, but they're all great and work well together. The last 5 tracks are pretty meh, but other than that it's great beats and great flows all around. Favorite track was "Thin Line".
Wow! I find hip-hop to be frequently boring and the lyrical content to come from two schools: boastful excess or whiny promises of violence. I'm lying here with a nasty dose of covid, yet this has me bopping. The vocalists (MCs? Talkers?) are great, taking over, harmonising, using their differences to emphasise their lyrics. I particularly like the deep voice. He's so musical. It is too long and they fell into that familiar genre failure, using that n-word.
I thought this one was a lot of fun. There are very haunting melodies flying around. I didn't really listen to the lyrics but perhaps some day...
Solid hip hop but one of them annoys me. Instrumentals are great
Favorite track: Thin Line. Reminded me of STS 1101 space capsules reading (Chapter 1: Spaceship Earth in Neil M. Maher's Apollo in the Age of Aquarius) discussion on gap between scientific advancements and social injustice (eg. urban development.) Sometimes thought that beginnings of tracks were Youtube ads. Listened to this while doing flowers paint-by-numbers from ProYos secret santa.
I listened to this whilst working and I feel I need to listen again to appreciate it fully. BUT I what I did get was it was a whole load of fun, I loved the spoken samples and the each song was distinctive. Will definite listen again
This was a really fun album. It was also an album so aggressively 2000s that I was 0% surprised when I learned the release date was 2002. This is an age of hip hop and R&B that I miss a lot. Not just because it was from a more carefree time in my own life, but because things back then just had a different rhythm. This is a wonderful "dance around the kitchen" album, in a very different way than the tango albums from before. Fave track: Thin Line. What can I say? I enjoy Nelly Furtado's weird squeaky voice. Production slams too.
4/5. Min smak, tappa min uppmärksamhet under sista låtarna.
I enjoyed how many styles there were on this.
Imacculate flow on all tracks together with mostly strong lyrics make a strong 4/5. Top tracks: Thin line Remember his name
This is a good Hip Hop album, was straight vibin' through it might revisit it one day. 4/5 is good.
An underground hip-hop band with an empty Wikipedia page and "generally positive" reviews. I wasn't expecting much, but damn am I amazed. Loving the jazzy, cool, and lofi beats and samples with various rappers reminiscent of a calmer group of Q-Tips. Some samples andturntables sound late 80s. They even got Nelly Furtado god damn! Could be cut by a couple songs near the end but otherwise a blast I'll re-explore! Favorites: Freedom, If You Only Knew, What's Golden, Thin Line, High Fidelity, Hey
Good grooves and relatively clean lyrics (but not always). The album grew on me with each listen. In fact, I definitely want to keep listening, so that alone kicks it above a 3. I'm finding I enjoy rap a lot more when it's not full of misogyny and violence (and in fact, they call out the latter in "Not that Kind"). Overall, it's a fun ride with a good mix of different rap styles. It's not a 5 for me, but definitely a solid 4. Favorite tracks: Freedom, If You Only Knew, Break, What's Golden (this one caught my attention every time I listened), Sum of Us.
This was an album I didn’t appreciate if listening it to with other things going on. Really cool when it had my undivided attention. True hip hop - meaningful lyrics that make you think and slick beats. Really enjoyed the variety of sounds from track to track. One knock is that these guys aren’t the best vocalists. When they harmonize it sounds a bit cheesy. Still, great album. Highlights were Freedom, If You Only Knew, A Day at the Races, Remember His Name (cool intro using everyday sounds and loved the lyrics), High Fidelity, One of Them (much angrier lyrics than the rest but with a point to make).
It's a Jurassic 5 record. Day at the races, What's Golden, I Am Somebody are sublime. The rest is merely great.
Not as good as Quality Control, but more of the same. Good beats, good rhymes, nice Kool Keith spot. No idea why I didn't buy this album in 2002 so I'm glad I got to go back to it today.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this album. It was very listenable, and very even-keeled for this genre of music. "I Am Somebody", and "What's Golden" were the standouts. I will listen to "What's Golden" often.
Ikke mye hip-hop og rapsom høres her i gården bortsett fra klassikere som https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHnMo-6yMXY. Men denne var fin.
Overraskende bra. Oldskool og gøy.
A slightly more uptempo Morcheeba -- what an uncool comparison -- but I think I might come back to this one later and investigate further.
This is a lot better than expected for 2000s rap. Sounds pretty old school most of the time. Not sure why everyone gushes over shit like Kanye West and Jay Z when this exists. 3/5.
2/22 Some dope backpack raps. Standout Tracks: Freedom, Remember His Name, After School Special, Sum Of Us, One Of Them
It is fine, but this isn't my ideal type of hip hop. It is also long, and I got tired of it after 45 minutes or so.
Basically became background music
Favorites: Freedom: Good beat. Effective use of sound bites. - 1 If You Only Knew: love the flute in this beat. Reminds me of the boondocks theme. - 1 Break: I enjoy everything after the intro. Lots of good flow switches - 0.75 A Day At the Races: average - 0.5 Remember His Name: good transitions between rappers. Solid flow throughout. - 0.75 What’s Golden: Fucking awesome beat - 1.25 Thin Line: Subject-matter hits close to home. Solid hook - 1 After School Special: meh - 0.5 High Fidelity: unique sounds in the best - 0.75 Sum of Us: great flow and switches - 0.75 One of Them: Beat is kind of tedious - 0.25 Hey: meh - 0.5 I am Somebody: good beat - 0.75 Acetate Prophets: pointless for a rap album - 0.25 If this album wasn’t so bloated it could’ve been a lot better. Total - 9/14
Nicht schlecht, nervt mich auch überhaupt nicht, ist bloß auch überhaupt nix besonderes. Gaanz schlechte 3.
Easy-listening, chill. Not my kind of music but I like it better than modern rap.
Ein wenig wie bei Common kann ich es nicht gut einordnen. Die Schlagzeug/Rhythmusparts sind super
Nice beats, good raps
Fun group rap. Was kinda the same thing throughout the album.
Great album for setting a vibe but nothing jumped out at me, the tunes seemed to run together. Nice but nothing exceptional.
I hadn't listened to this for years. It hasn't really dated as it was already pretty retro when it came out
Hip hop is never a bad choice, but for some reason this doesn’t really do it for me. Decent sound, solid beats, but I feel it lacks some soul...
Ook hip hop. Leuk om te luisteren maar niet heel bijzonder
chill za pustanje u pozadini kad je drustvo tu
Hip Hop oldskul, muy escuchable. Buenas bases y un par de temas llamativos
Groovy samples. The rap doesn't do much for me, but it is listenable.
Pretty fun to listen to. They brought in some solid features and talk on some serious subjects. They got some fire verses on this album too. Favorite song: Sum Of Us
kidna boring and average
Decent rap music. 7.8/10
Was looking forward to listenng to this album, I loved the single Whats Golden back in the day. But was a little dissapointed with the rest of the album. I would listen to it again though.
Hip hop isn’t really my music taste but I am enjoying some of the songs.
Old school hip hop. Not 100% my vibe but definitely a good album
It was pleasant enough but probably won’t listen again.
This album being released in 2002 still clearly has a lot of early 90's hip hop influential. My first listen tends to focus more on rhythm and lyrical flow, and based off that I hear similarities to Hyroglphyics, with less lyrical depth. Most if not all of the drum tracks sound like they're physical drums which is a really nice fresh sound when most tracks these days are 808s and other synthetic percussion. It is disappointing when a song bops, and suddenly "gay" is used in a derogatory way. It's a theme that is prevelant in a handful of hip-hop groups/artists, its walking on eggshells in the times of "cancel" culture. But, if you don't like something you can choose to not listen. 7.0/10
Tracks review: (/5) 1 - 4 2 - 3 3 - 4.2 4 - 3.8 5 - 2.5 6 - 3 7 - 3 8 - 3.5 9 - 3.8 10 - 2 11 - 2 12 - 2 13 - 1 14 - 2 15 - 2.5 16 - 3 17 - 2.5 Album average: 2.81/5 Notes: Repetitive at second half
A few good tracks here, but overall a little underwhelming for me. Some of it is completely skippable, but a few are some nice 90s/early 2000s hip-hop.
Kinda comes across as a semi throwback to earlier hip hop than it's own era. Very listenable but nothing really stuck out to me.
Really cool underground rap from early 2000's. A few standouts, but a lot of just solid material from the era that blends together.
Ok oldish school rap. Liked, but no big love.
Not their best album by quite a way, but still decent
It's cool, but not super my vibe. I don't care for the more old school rap stuff. It's fun but just not for me in general.
Great beats, clever vocals and it's refreshing to hear it not just being about being cooler than everyone else in the game. No particular tracks stood out though.
Not waht I usually listen to, but really good.
A fun listen, funky and tasteful!
Just outright boring beats. The flows were phenomenal though, if only they could've been over something else.
All these guys have amazing flows. But unfortunatley it seems like half they time they don't really have much to say. The beats were passable, but not amazing (except for the last song where they actually use whirly tubes in music, that was delightful). Ultimately fun, but not anything pulling me back here.
Pretty cool lo fi beats.
Hip hop is not one of my preferred genres but I can appreciate this album for being a fun listen. The bass is slick and that really stood out for me.
I'm not much of a hip-hop fan but I enjoyed this. Really good grooves, definitely got my head bobbing. While I didn't play super close attention, seemed like interesting lyrical content.
What’s Golden and Thin Line stand out as iconic beats, but rest is pretty forgettable. Not bad. It’s fine.
Hyvin mukavasti toimi taustalla ajaessa autoo ja pari kertaa pyörähti ympäri. Helppo kolmonen
Irgendwie total gut, aber wie bei allen irgendwie guten Hiphop Alben einfach nicht meins. Tracks kommen und gehen. Wenig bleibt haften für später, selbst wenn im Moment des Hörens durchaus starke Zuneigung herrscht. 3.2
Very boom-bap. Hip-hop hip-hop, real hip-hop
A mix of good and bad.
Básico, muy plano
Better than The Jackson 5....well, fewer nonces anyway.
Enjoyed but drifted off towards the end as all seemed a little samey. More familiar with Quality Control, which I love.
6/10. Great beats. Some great tracks - is ‘Thin Line’ the first ever song consciously written about the ‘friend zone?’ - but overall not an awful lot of light and shade. A little underwhelming in places.
Good sample usage, a few great tracks (Remember His Name, What's Golden for instance), and overall good rapping. Didn't love it but nothing wrong with it either. A nice middle of the road album for this site.
Is it me, or is there a lot of hip hop in these 1001 albums? And why are all hip hop albums so long? Yeah, it's ok
A decent hip-hop LP, some interesting bars here and there but the arrangements don't do enough to push this album into memorable territory
Good funky hip hop
This is good study music. I got extremely concentrated on any of my mundane tasks when I played this. Lots of humorous moments throughout. It's a "summer" record.
pretty good hip hop music
Listened to on 2/8/22 3.4/5 Favorite songs: Sum of Us, What’s Golden Turns out I actually might like hip hop way more than I thought. I really enjoyed how the songs flowed into one another like a story yet we’re still all diverse. I would absolutely turn this on as background music or to run to if I theoretically ran
Old man rap that rewards multiple listens. yeah 3.25
alltaf gaman að kynnast nýju hip-hopi ! þrjár stjörnur
I actually didn't mind listening to this album. I did think going in, that it would be unbearable considering the runtime reaches almost an hour long. But the beats and flow of Jurassic 5 were able to keep my head bopping along. The fan interaction at the end of "If You Only Knew" was definitely an unexpected highlight, it really captured the essence of an Aussie fan - no matter what they're a fan of you can expect a similar reaction. Best: Freedom Worst: One of Them
Dit vond ik eigenlijk best tof.
Lots of excellent grooves and rhymes. A Day at the Races is AWESOME. The rest is nice but not terribly challenging. Once you start to notice the consistent monotonous swing that characterizes most of their lyrics in the other songs, it's hard to hear anything else including the semantic meanings!
Love the lyrics and rapping, but wish the background music was less monotonous.
I was busy with work so didn't listen super close but really liked it
It was Ok
Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Thin line
Decent hip-hop album, has resemblance to Wu-tang and Ghost face Killah. I am not particularly gripped by the album, but it has some decent cuts.
Some fun beats and good vibes. Not my kind of hip hop, but nevertheless pretty good.
Dette likte eg overaskende godt. 3/5. Noe litt kjedelig, men en del ganske bra.
Generally, this is a genre I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to, but I enjoyed it! Solid beats and very musically varied, I found myself grooving and moving. I would even consider listening to more.
It’s an okay hip-hop album. It only features one song that doesn’t feel fillerish. Overall though it’s a decent listen.
I love Jurassic 5. And I love their albums. But this one sounds like the others, and so after a while I found it hard to focus too much on any specific track. The overall feel is great, but I do feel if you’ve heard on you’ve heard them all.
Good album, above average and I would rate it 3.5 but ultimately I don’t think it is good enough for a 4. It’s very coherent but other than a few songs I didn’t find several tracks to be very memorable, although none were bad.
Definitely a coherent effort that is lyrically smart and makes a strong statement. The style is enjoyable and easy to appreciate. My main criticism is that most of the message is blunt and too straightforward. I think there is a bit more creativity/cleverness in Sum of Us and High Fidelity is strong, but overall, good, but a bit boring.
Good beats. Not really a bunch of forced rhymes. Lacking a bit of energy, though.
Rap and hip hop. Not my vibe.
Never heard of these guys before. I like it. It's like a slightly more modern Tribe Called Quest. Nice appearance from Big Daddy Kane. Love those flows.
Fínt rapp, dillaði mér við flest lögin.
great beats and smooth rhymes. Definitely has racial and political underpinnings. One of the best rap albums?
They said they were not corny, but they were. This was a not good album. Other groups did this style much much better and were more cool doing it. Songs I did like: one of them, Hey
one of the songs said Gene Simmons
Not bad but just not my style
Didn't find that interesting.
Noen kule låter, kul produksjon til tider, men føles som en tannløs parodi av A tribe called quest som kom 10 år for seint. fordi det er så mange i gruppa varierer det veldig på kvaliteten på flow. mye opp og ned. STERK 2stjerner
Not for me.
okay hip hop sound.
Gosh what a boring album
Lyrically these guys aren’t bad but the album drags on. One guys voice is hard to listen to. Overall it’s pretty meh and probably won’t be played much. 5.3/10
Not my cup of tea. As most more "old school" rap albums, this one does not click with me
Freundliche Flows, ich würd’s mal als Millenium Style zwischen dennStühken bezeichnen. Sehr nett auch, aber: mir auf Dauer zu eintönig.
i should like this more than i do. its actual hip hop, its rappers with really listenable flow and its not about bitches and hos. its just a bit cheddar. i don't get how this will play out for the list - the self titled album and quality control are both far superior to this cheesy crap so i'd expect them both to be on the list. if this is on the list over the self titled then that would be straight up mental.
No me gusta pero es bueno. 2.
this style of rapping is sounding pretty dated now
Run of the mill rap. I hate rap.
Definitely better than most rap I've ever heard. I listened to 8 full tracks without needing to skip any. That's way ahead of the vast majority of rap albums. Still, I see absolutely no reason to listen to the rest of this. I can't understand why this album is supposed to be particularly relevant (the Wiki article offers no clues) and although it's better than most rap, that doesn't make it good for me.
Some pretty good production and music here but rap just doesn't do it for me. I did manage to make it through about half of this album - some parts sort of OK but couldn't take anotheer 8-9 cuts.
was inoffensive but almost offensively so - get me. 2. passed me by.
Maybe it's a bad day, but I didn't like it too much. There isn't anything particularly bad about the songs, they are just too much the same as any modern hip-hop, but they haven't anything special for me.
In het begin leek het me een fris deuntje, daarna niet meer zo.
Ik vond het op een gegeven moment saai worden omdat alles op elkaar begon te lijken. Zaten leuke stukken tussen maar als geheel toch niet heel boeiend.
I put it on and tuned it out completely while I was working this morning. Nothing resonated, nothing stuck. I know the name Jurassic 5 and I know they had a major hit at some point in the early/mid-2000's but I could not recall for the life of me what it was and I don't think I ever heard it while this album was on. Just a very meh listening experience overall.
2, not great
It's alright, but I just don't get a lot of enjoyment out of hip hop. 2 stars.
Hip-hop suave y con variedad de estilos dentro. Para amantes del género
Good beat, but not my style
Early hip hop and drum and beat that hasn’t aged well.
I quite enjoyed the old skool breaks, but that was about it. This is an album to dance to, rather than to listen to. No bad thing, but perhaps listening through my MacBook on Spotify didn't do it justice.
not my style...
Jurassic 5 have never really appealed to me, I think it's the back and forth between multiple rappers that just makes my head spin. They've definitely made some excellent songs but overall this album just all sounds the same to me
Dd not listen
I don't like rap
Try hard to give every album a fair listen but that was tough going
Al principio bien, tenía algo diferente. Luego se me hizo muy cuesta arriba. Repetitivo
Not a huge fan of the style of music unfortunately. This album my very well be one of the best examples in its genre but it’s not for me, and I can only rate on my experience...it wasn’t enjoyable. 1 Star!
First Listen. Nothing for me.
Det här sög, rappandet varierar från dåligt till helt okej, beats varierar från dåligt till helt okej. Alla teman har gjorts på intressantare sätt tidigare och ljudet som helhet låter som att de apar efter rappare som gjorde sin musik 10 år tidigare. Refrängerna låter tvingade och har väldigt lite att säga. Rapparna själva låter väldigt sterila, tråkiga, stela. De älskar att skryta med hur bra flow de har och hur bra de är med pennan, vilket gjorts tusenfalt bättre tusen gånger före detta album. Det är också ett tema som blir tråkigt väldigt snabbt. På 2000-talet fanns en hel massa alternativa hiphop-album som är mer nyskapande och underhållande, Power in Numbers är inget man måste höra före man dör.
Not for me
Absoluut mijn ding niet
8 or a 9. Could definitely be a 10 depending on my mood