Jurassic 5, QualityControl (Interscope): From the clever cover art — the front shows the five-member crew wearing headsets plugged into a tree stump; the back has a turntable arm with the needle picking up sounds from the tree rings — to the finale, "Swing Set" (track 15!), Jurassic 5 deliver on this, their major-label debut. The samples are clever and not particularly obvious (Sandy Nelson's "Big Noise from Winnetka," Quincy Jones' "The Hot Rock," Blowfly's "One Less Dick"), but it's the message(s) and the vocal performances that knock me out. Just get an earful of "Laused" and tell me this doesn't have plenty of "moments of truth," as the great Gang Starr might put it. — Michael Goldberg

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