Friday Fun:: DJ Quik

The Book of DavidHere’s a long-held herohill belief, that, unlike many such beliefs, is likely also held by a vast number of people: DJ Quik is awesome. I should just point you to Quik-authority Jeff Weiss for a much better version of this post, but no matter, I fell like bigging up Quik today, and so I shall.

 

Since I first had my curiousity peaked about this “DJ” from Compton with wicked curl by a (soul) glowing review in The Source for Quik Is The Name, I’ve remained all ears for the nice and slim sounds of David Blake. Quik’s debut was well worth the exhornitant “import” price I paid for my cassette copy back in the day and nothing in the drama-filled life he’s led until now has swayed my opinion. Why should it? He’s a naturally charismatic, helium voiced MC, a DJ, an amazingly underrated, self-taught producer, the writer of both icy-cold, diss-filled & delightfully naughty lyrics, a rap-beef enthusiast, the possessor of some of the best hair hip hop has seen, and the creator of songs I enjoy which feature the likes of El Debarge and Jon B. - which is perhaps even more amazing than all the rest.

 

So it was with curiosity and eagerness that I gave Quik’s new album, The Book of David a listen after being told of it’s excellence by the Ack. Certainly anyone who’s been on the hill for more than 2 minutes knows we’re bound to be biased as to the quality of a new record from one of our Golden Age heroes, but I think it’s safe to say this isn’t the case here. The Book of David is equal parts streetcorner bravado and confessional, with Quik opening up about some of the personal issues he’s dealt with of late, and perhaps the only folks familiar with Quik who won’t like the record are the triflin’ members of his family that he eviscerates at various points. It’s also a winner sonically, with the vintage Quik sound easily recognized, his classic keyboard and live instrumentation layered on top of various bits of experimention and new sounds.

 

In my book, there’s very few things funner than a celebrated MC from back in the day releasing new music that cuts the modern day mustard, and The Book of David does exactly that. So check it for yourself, and if that’s not enough Quik for you, the LA Leakers mix The Audio-Biography of David is a must hear (for old & new Quik fans alike). Not only does it feature most of Quik’s hits, but it features an awesome commentary from the man himself describing the creation process for a bunch of the songs - during which he ends up doing both an Xzibit impression and a British accent (in the guise of the “Simon Cowell muthafucka” that owned the rights to the Gap Band song he wanted to sample. Can’t beat that.

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MP3:: DJ Quik - Fire And Brimstone

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MP3:: DJ Quik - Luv of My Life
Web:: www.myspace.com/djquik

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