Six years ago, hip hop super group Jurassic 5 called it a day and it seems only fitting they got back together to do another tour for their twentieth anniversary. On the Perth leg of their reunion tour, they performed in front of a huge crowd that somehow squeezed into Metro City.
DJs Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark – who are both popular in their own righs – were the first on stage. They started by playing Back 4 U, and one-by-one emcees Mark 7even, Zaakir A.K.A Soup, Chali 2na, and Akil the MC piled onto the stage, each receiving a massive cheer from the audience.
The DJing was on another level. When the emcees took a quick break, Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark kept the crowd going by putting their skills to use in unique ways. They left their main setup and performed with instruments hung around their necks. Cut Chemist performed a brief cover of Smoke on the Water with his turntable guitar. A surprise came when the turntable in the middle of the stage, which looked like it was only for display, started spinning and playing music while they both scratched on it.
Each of the emcees showed off their rapid-fire delivery, showcasing their individual personalities while continuing to work together as a group. Chali 2na sounded like a 1950’s radio host as he told the crowd to start riding imaginary motorcycles before launching into A Day at the Races. Mark 7even appealed to the sentimental side of the audience. When the crowd demanded on encore, he returned to the stage saying, “This is why we do this!” before they started playing Concrete Schoolyard.
Of course, no J5 show would be complete without What’s Golden, which they gave an incredible performance of, despite Zaakir’s “objections”. The group completely brought down the house after they played it without a single hiccup, the sort of perfection that only comes with a wealth of experience.
The Stoops had the honour of supporting the band, which was an incredible experience for them given the first hip hop gig they saw together was Jurassic 5. DJ Arms in Motion warmed up the crowd early before Roc Walla and Pronto joined him to perform unheard tracks and some old favourites in Bucketlist and Buried Alive. They were joined by the lovely Sarah Pellicano, who made the crowd noticeably more vocal.
DJ Angry Buda kept the party going between The Stoops and Jurassic 5, playing classics such as Insane in the Brain, Mistadobalina, and I Want You Back.
It is easy to see why Jurassic 5 have so much support. Their gigs are a must see for all hip hop fans.
By Ciaran Johns