Memphis rapcore band Primer 55 never made it big riding the nu-metal wave, but they did leave their mark, mostly via the fan favorite "Loose." The song has over 7 million streams on Spotify and the video is nearing one-and-a-half million views on YouTube. The band played Ozzfest in 2000, but internal strife and substance abuse issues eventually fractured the group, who would lend guitarist Bobby Burns to Soulfly. In 2018, singer Jason "J-Sin" Luttrell — who appeared on the band's first two albums, Introduction to Mayhem and (The) New Release, as well as singing "Loose" — passed away, putting a sad stamp on a once-promising career.
In their early Aughts heyday, Primer 55 played one of their biggest gigs on the short-lived Farmclub TV show. Hosted by former Miss USA Ali Landry and MTV personality Matt Pinfield, the late-night series invited bands to upload their music to Farmclub.com and those chosen were given an opportunity at a record contract as well as a performance on the show. The series also notably gave a lot of love to the nu-metal of the era, shining a spotlight on System of a Down, Chimaira, Dog Fashion Disco, Kittie and many others.
Primer 55's moment came in December 2000 when they hit the big stage and brought the "phat sound" of their signature single, "Loose," to the rowdy in-studio audience. Flashback above.