Juras­sic re­vival

Six years af­ter they called it a day, hip-hop seers Juras­sic 5 are back. “You never miss your wa­ter un­til the well runs dry,” Chali 2na tells Jim Car­roll

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Any fights so far?

“None at all. It seems to me that ev­ery­body is happy that it’s all on, it’s all hap­pen­ing. I can’t read minds but I can read body lan­guage and it looks like we’re hav­ing an amaz­ing time.”

What are your views now on the band break-up?

“I think we needed a break. It was one of those things which, in hind­sight, I was def­i­nitely able to use as to a learn­ing process about my­self as well as about my band mem­bers. We were all kids when we started and we did that for 20 years hard.

Our hia­tus had to hap­pen. Chuck D said that time would let us know for sure when it was right to step back and he was right. I can say too that we needed this to hap­pen, we needed this again. Like, I see a re­ally en­er­getic re­sponse now at our shows and not just from the au­di­ence. You know that say­ing, you never miss your wa­ter un­til the well runs dry? That’s the band, man!”

Hip-hop has cer­tainly changed since the Juras­sic 5 EP landed back in 1997.

“Big changes. In the last 10 years, I think hip-hop has been rap­per-less. It’s be­ing like a piece of bub­blegum, to­tally dis­pos­able. It hasn’t been a thing of sub­stance or a meal in a long time. When we started, our per­spec­tive was that hip-hop was a full four-course meal where you walked away full and the mu­sic you made could be lis­tened to 20 years from then.

“A lot of hip-hop of late has been very ADD, very in­stant, very short-lived and you’re not go­ing to lis­ten to it 20 years from now. Hip-hop shows have got big­ger and brighter in the last while, but the en­ter­tainer is not ac­tu­ally en­ter­tain­ing. The crowd are starv­ing and then, hey, we’re back and here comes that meal again.”

Like that line from Con­crete School­yard, would you say that a lot of the more right­eous rap­pers out there are ig­nored?

I think we can go deeper on that and say it’s a small con­spir­acy to stop some­thing as pow­er­ful as real hip-hop. You have an art form that can speak to people di­rectly with­out a need for CNN or Fox re­porters to fil­ter things. We are that, we tell it like it is, not just Juras­sic but hip-hop in gen­eral.

From my era, we’re truth talkers and that had to be shut down and de­val­ued. The only records you get to hear are the bull­shit ones so ev­ery­one com­ing up feels you have to be like that dude and be a clone to have a po­si­tion in the work­force as op­posed to be­ing orig­i­nal and mak­ing art from your heart. Peace, unity, love and hav­ing fun – those four el­e­ments give people and com­mu­ni­ties enough power to

over­throw any fuck­ery around them.

Now that you’re back to­gether and it’s all smiles and hap­pi­ness, what about a

new record?

It’s to be con­firmed. We don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to put out any ex­pec­ta­tions about a new record. I mean, it’s our 20th an­niver­sary so I’m sure you may hear some­thing but it’s still in-be­tween all of us and we haven’t talked it out yet. What we’ve been do­ing is show­ing that there is still a place for a group like Juras­sic 5 so we’ve been tour­ing and do­ing these shows and the re­ac­tion has been amaz­ing. We’re blessed.”

Juras­sic 5 play Dublin’s Vicar Street on June 16th and 17th

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