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Jurassic 5 Fights The 'Power'

California-based hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5 has set an Oct. 8 release date for its sophomore Interscope set, "Power in Numbers." The set is the follow-up to 2000's "Quality Control," which debuted at N

California-based hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5 has set an Oct. 8 release date for its sophomore Interscope set, "Power in Numbers." The set is the follow-up to 2000's "Quality Control," which debuted at No. 33 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally and has sold 387,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. First single "What's Golden" can be sampled on the group's official Web site.

"Power in Numbers," produced by the group in tandem with Sledge and Omas and the Beatnuts' Juju, sports 17 tracks that revel in a classic hip-hop vibe along the lines of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. In keeping with the old-school leanings, Big Daddy Kane guests on "A Day at the Races," featuring a peppy sample from symphonic funk mastermind David Axelrod.

Elsewhere, Nelly Furtado lends her vocals to "Thin Line," an insightful take on the "sticky situation" of moving a close friendship into more romantic territory. A number of other new tracks have been featured in Jurassic 5's performances on the Smokin' Grooves tour, which hits Holmdel, N.J., tonight (Aug. 5).

The group is expected to embark on a headlining tour later this year. In the meantime, Jurassic 5 rapper Chali 2na can be heard on the track "FRGT/10" from Linkin Park's new remix album "Reanimation," released last Tuesday. Jurassic 5 has also contributed to the "One Big Trip" compilation, due Aug. 13 via the Hieroglyphics' Hiero Imperium label.