It's been a good week in local hip-hop, as evidenced by the bevy of news items to which my colleague Itoro Udoko has hipped us: fresh tracks, fresh vids and my personal favorite, Amerigo Gazaway's announcement about the upcoming Yasiin Gaye: Side Two (The Return). Taking a look at the national skyline, you may recall that L.A.'s underground hip-hop collective Jurassic 5 came out of retirement for Coachella in 2013 (check out a highlight reel above, which includes a little too much of the crowd for my taste, but what the hell). Formed circa 1993, the six-piece crew took its time: five years to release an impressive self-titled EP, two more years to follow up with the full-length appropriately titled Quality Control and only dishing out two more LPs before dissolving in 2007. Labeled by some as anti-progressive for sticking to seemingly outdated principles of incisive rhymes and funk- and soul-infused boom-bap beats, they were truly old-school before it was cool, and worked damn well as a unit.
Now, the whole crew, including both DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist, are back on the road, and they'll be at Marathon Music Works Tuesday, July 29 — same day as Warped Tour hits the State Fairgrounds, by the way. J5's 18-and-up show also includes fellow L.A. underground hip-hop vets Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies' DJ Rhettmatic and freestyle battle master MC Supernatural. Tickets are right here, and will run you $35.
While working on their 2007 record Feedback, Jurassic 5 cut a handful of tracks with the late Heavy D in the producer's chair. One of those, a groovetastic uptempo cut called "The Way We Do It," didn't make it on the record. A video for that dropped last week, marking their first release since the reunion; take a look at that after the jump.