Jurassic 5 – What’s Golden

Jurassic 5 released their single “What’s Golden” on October 22, 2002.  The single was produced by DJ Nu-Mark and was included on their third studio album “Power In Numbers” and released on Interscope Records.

Underground Hip Hop crews have always had a very “underground sound” to their records.  When this song first debuted, I was engaged by the beat, the rhymes and the vocal sample.  As soon as you hear Chuck D’s voice on the chorus say “On a stage I rage and I’m rollin” you know this song is going to be lit!  Of course the sample is from Public Enemy’sProphets of Rage” and also included in this track is a bass guitar sample of Clive Hicks’sLook Hear.”  As for the rhymes, Zaakir, Mark 7even, Akil and Charli 2na all represent and make this track one of J5’s most memorable records.  The message?  They are looking out more for the preservation of Hip Hop than the almighty dollar.  They are holding on to what is golden?  Get it?

If you get a chance to check out their album “Power in Numbers“, tracks like “Thin Line” (featuring Nelly Furtado), “High Fidelity” and the posse cut “A Day at the Races” (featuring Big Daddy Kane and Percee P) will satisfy the biggest Hip Hop head!

[Verse 1: Zaakir]
Check it out now…
I work the pen to make the ink transform
On any particular surface the pen lands on
Zaakir is hands on, what’s the beef?
The Cooley High Cochise high post techniques
I drape off poetic landscapes and shapes
Illustrate the paper space off the pens that paint
Then design what have a National Geographic a magic
With tailor-made status and plus flavor that’s automatic

[Hook: All Jurassic 5]
We’re not balling
We take it back to the days of yes y’all-in’
We holding onto what’s golden
(“On a stage I rage and I’m rollin'”)
We’re not balling, or shot calling
We take it back to the days of yes y’all-in’
We holding onto what’s golden
(“On a stage I rage and I’m rollin'”)

[Verse 2: Marc 7even]
Melancholy mundane so I tame the hot flame
Big rings, fat chains, and y’all quest for the same
No name, use fame, strictly new to the thang
We stay true to the game and never bring it to shame
We tight like dreadlocks or red fox and ripple
We pass participles, and smash the artist in you
The saga continues, this I won’t get into
Cause there ain’t enough bars to hold the drama that we been through

[Verse 3: Akil]
Yo…
We still the same with a little fame
A little change in the household name but ain’t too much changed
We in the game but, yo not to be vain
I refrain from salt grains to season up my name
We entertain for a mutual game from close range
Steady aim, drum at your head to hit the brain
I’m labor ready, Rhode Scholar for the dollar
Work for mines pay me by the hour

[Hook: All Jurassic 5]
We’re not balling
We take it back to the days of yes y’all-in’
We holding onto what’s golden
(“On a stage I rage and I’m rollin'”)
We’re not balling, or shot calling
We take it back to the days of yes y’all-in’
We holding onto what’s golden
(“On a stage I rage and I’m rollin'”)

[Bridge: All Jurassic 5]
Hip-Hop music

[Verse 4: Charli 2na]
Yo…
Well, it’s the verbal Herman Munster
The word enhancer, sick of phony mobsters controllin’ the dance floor
I’m in them dark places, catch you when you stark naked
Your heart races as we pump you for your chart spaces
The tart tastes be bringing these hot styles through
Some of you bum a few cheers from shock value
Word power can plow through acres of cornfields
Paragraphs cut like warm steel, preform ill…

[Outro: All Jurassic 5]
We’re not balling
We take it back to the days of yes y’all-in’
We holding onto what’s golden
(“On a stage I rage and I’m rollin'”)
We’re not balling, or shot calling
We take it back to the days of yes y’all-in’
We holding onto what’s golden
(“On a stage I rage and I’m rollin'”)

-Al E.

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