First forming in 1993 in Los Angeles, CA, Jurassic 5 is a six-piece hip-hop collective comprised of rappers Chali 2na (Charles Stewart), Akil (Dante Givens), Zaakir (Courtenay Henderson), Marc 7 (Marc Stewart), and DJs Cut Chemist (Lucas Macfadden), and DJ Nu-Mark (Mark Potsic). Together, Jurassic 5 made their debut in 1997 with their self-titled EP, leading to their signing with Interscope Records. Their first EP was later repackaged with additional tracks and released as a full-length album under the same name in 1998. As they picked up steam as a reputable group in the underground hip-hop scene, they also broke through to a larger audience with their music being featured in several video games, including 2003’s Tony Hawk’s Underground, NBA Live 06 and NBA Live 07.
The group went on to release three other full-length albums through Interscope, with their last two projects both peaking at the No. 15 slot on the Billboard 200 charts. Prior to the release of their fourth and final album Feedback, Cut Chemist left the group to pursue a solo career, with Jurassic 5 officially splitting ways a year later in 2007—citing musical differences. Much to the delight of their underground fan base, each of the original members of Jurassic 5 reunited to perform at Coachella in 2014, with the festival date launching a subsequent international tour for the newly reunited group. While each of the group’s members continues to release music on an individual scale—Nu-Mark’s 2014 EP with Pharcyde member Slimkid3 being the most recent—the future of the group currently is up for speculation.