Jurassic 5 (Los Angeles, CA) – “Freedom” [Power in Numbers – 2002]


Jurassic 5 is an American alternative hip hop group formed in 1993 from members of two previous groups, Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee by rappers Charles Stewart (Chali 2na), Dante Givens (Akil), Courtenay Henderson (Zaakir), Marc Stuart (Mark 7even), and disc jockeys Mark Potsic (DJ Nu-Mark) and Lucas Macfadden (Cut Chemist).  The six piece crew that was formed, came out of the Los Angeles, California Venue called “Good Life”. The group broke up in 2007, shortly after releasing their fourth LP Feedback, citing “musical differences”.

Power in Numbers is the third studio album from the alternative hip-hop group Jurassic 5 (their second on a major label).

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.

The album features a number of differing song styles. One track, “React”, composed by Jurassic 5 DJ Cut Chemist, is sample-based and contains no raps. “Acetate Prophets” has the same structure, but is much longer and also features production from Jurassic 5’s other DJ, DJ Nu-Mark. Many tracks start or end with a sample of speech, usually inserted by Cut Chemist. The track “DDT” is an a cappella track rapped by renowned underground emcee Kool Keith, featuring no raps by Jurassic 5 themselves. The chorus of “What’s Golden” features a sample from “Prophets of Rage” by Public Enemy.




# Title Producer(s) Performer (s) Samples from
1 “This Is” Cut Chemist *Interlude* Los Van Van – Llegue Llegue
2 “Freedom” DJ Nu-Mark Akil, Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Zaakir Julius Brockington – This Feeling
3 “If You Only Knew” Juju Akil, Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Zaakir
4 “Break” Cut Chemist Akil, Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Zaakir Freddie North – Love to Hate
5 “React” Cut Chemist *Interlude*
6 “A Day at the Races” Cut Chemist Akil, Big Daddy Kane, Chali 2na, Mark 7even,Percee P, Zaakir David Axelrod – Urizen
7 “Remember His Name” DJ Nu-Mark Akil, Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Zaakir Ennio Morricone – La Lucertola
8 “What’s Golden” DJ Nu-Mark Akil, Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Zaakir Public Enemy – Prophets Of Rage
9 “Thin Line” Cut Chemist Akil, Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Nelly Furtado, Zaakir Minnie Riperton – Les Fleur, Lynn Williams – Don’t Be Surprised
10 “After School Special” DJ Nu-Mark Akil, Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Zaakir Bill Cosby – Ben
11 “High Fidelity” DJ Nu-Mark Mark 7even, Zaakir
12 “Sum of Us” DJ Nu-Mark Akil, Chali 2na
13 “DDT” Kool Keith
14 “One of Them” Juju Akil, Chali 2na, JuJu, Mark 7even, Zaakir
15 “Hey” Sa-Ra Creative Partners Akil, Boy Wonder, Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Zaakir
16 “I Am Somebody” Cut Chemist Akil, Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Zaakir J.J. Band – Love In Them There Hills
17 “Acetate Prophets” Cut Chemist, DJ Nu-Mark *Interlude* Ray Manzarek – The Golden Scarab
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