Release Date: Apr 19, 2011
Record label: Mad Science
Genre(s): Rap, Gangsta Rap, Hardcore Rap, West Coast Rap
For more than 20 years, DJ Quik has been the secret ingredient in the broth. Whether you know it or not, the gifted West Coast producer/rapper has worked on dozens of L.A. gangsta rap classics you've drunkenly screamed along to, often without even a liner-note credit to show for his efforts. Pop music's grumbling cast of neglected innovators is long, but Quik doesn't quite fit with that crowd: He's released platinum and gold records, as well as helped craft them for Tupac, Snoop, and Dre.
While his only worthy contemporary, Dr. Dre, continued to tease with leaked tracks and missed release dates, West Coast rapper/producer DJ Quik kept banging them out, releasing The Book of David just two years after his collaboration with Kurupt, BlaQKout. In the world of G-funk, that’s an incredibly quick turnaround, which is the unreasonable reason Quik’s releases are undervalued by any but the West Coast faithful.
Compton, California’s veteran DJ Quik may say he doesn’t need love on “Fire and Brimstone,” the leadoff cut from his latest album, The Book of David, but he’s certainly garnered much of it through the years. “Critics want to slam me,” he says with conviction, not admitting that he’s actually a critically acclaimed producer/emcee and one who has kept this reputation through the highs and lows of a 20-year career. Two decades in, Quik is still a maestro on the boards.