Hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5 will release its first album in four years, “Feedback,” July 25 via Interscope. The set is led by the single “Work It Out,” which features the Dave Matthews Band, while “Where We At” boasts a guest turn by Mos Def.
Production was supplied primarily by DJ/producer Nu-Mark on tracks like “Red Hot” and “Future Sound,” although Scott Storch contributed “Brown Girl” and Salaam Remi” was behind the boards for “Get It Together” and “Radio.”
The album is the follow-up to 2002’s “Power in Numbers,” which debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and has sold 379,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Jurassic 5 will spend all summer on the road in support of the project, beginning July 18 in Seattle.
One artist who won’t be heard on “Feedback” is Cut Chemist, who exited Jurassic 5 in 2004 to devote time to his solo debut, “The Audience’s Listening,” which arrives July 11 via Warner Bros.
“I think this one is going to earn them some attention from the label,” Cut Chemist tells Billboard.com of “Feedback.” “It’s a hard label to get noticed on, because there are so many big [rap] acts — the biggest.”
As for the possibility of working with J5 again in the future, Cut Chemist says, “I guess once we live out this next phase, which is their record and my record, we’ll see where everything is at. I think there’s a good possibility. I still to this day have never worked with anybody as fitting as J5, to my whole love for hip-hop. We never had to sit there and contrive anything. It’s magic. With rappers, I’ve never had that kind of synergy ever before or since.”