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El DeBarge never ages.
Very rarely do we post behind the scenes pics, or anything without a proper polish.
Photo: eiknarf -- The world seems to be in working order, but we still want those questions answered.
As far as TSS is concerned, there's always room for more Quik coverage. It's always refreshing to hear artists who are candid and not willing to sell themselves short with standard PR fluff answers. In a recent sitdown with Ryan Ford and our friends over at Cashmere Agency, David Blake explained his six year hiatus, discussed his general lack of interest with newer artists and that 4 Cig-certified new LP of his.
Everybody has a story but not everyone has the credentials and experience to make theirs a compelling story. DJ Quik is equipped with both after living out moments most rappers only theorize about for artistry and promotional gain. His early beginnings, illustrated through albums Quik Is the Name and Way 2 Fonky, shed light on a South Central youth, hardened by his environment but much too talented to go the way of the predictable gangster rapper. Eventually, his musical genius would go on to expand its wings to a much greater scope on future releases in Rhythm-al-ism and Under Tha Influence, not to mention assisting music greats like 2Pac, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z with the broadening of their horizons. Nearly six years have gone by without so much as an inkblot on the solo quill of the David Blake, an artist who has been certified platinum, gold and everything in between, but the hiatus has merely served the greater good for the accumulating of his life's scriptures. The Book Of David validates Quik's record at eight albums deep and speaks loud and clear for his ability of constructing complete projects where the entertainment value maintains its consistency. Quik's audiobook isn't exactly a narrative in the general sense, as it employs a great deal of vibrant party records to carve out the milieu. The few times he writes in between the chapter's lines however, are well worth the price of admission. Giving a slick refinement to the the term "sibling rivalry" is how a "Ghetto Rendezvous" plays out in The Book Of David. Festered with anger after years of dealing with his sister's disgraceful behavior, the ever slick-tongued Quik lets loose some frustration with lines of revelation: "you stole a car and a bike from me/looking back, I was the caretaker of a dummy/and the husband of yours, you dumb witch/was still a husband of hers, you stupid bitch..." A lone moment of crassness isn't rattling enough to derail the festivities and Quik keeps his wheels in forward motion with cocksure rhymes and rhythms that competition should envy. "Killer Dope" is royal coronation, replete with a herald trumpet and sparse snare drumming up a purist's celebration. Equally as stimulating, but completely different in its musical form, is "Fire and Brimstone," the prima facie evidence that hints Quik still ranks as a conductor amongst "beatmakers" and "soundmen." Another triumph in the indexes of David's book is the recruitment of characters not in the public eye at the moment, but employed for their ability to elevate their respective tracks. 90s superstars/00s vagabonds, Jon B. and Bizzy Bone, share multiple appearances to give the album sporadic boosts of adrenaline as heard on "Babylon" and the ridiculously addictive "Hydromatic" (which also features newcomer Gift Reynolds, who scores on the feel-good single "Luv Of My Life").
DJ Quik tries his damnedest to put his heart into everything his does. When you're doing what you love for the sheer joy of seeing your works be etched in the hall of fame, how could you ever hate on that? The first visual chapter of The Book of David finds Compton's veteran prince living it up, setting out on a journey to quench his own personal hedonistic desires. Draped in adidas and surrounded by cigar smoke, Quik also finds time to share the wealth with his next-in-charge artist, Gift Reynolds. Big things are on the horizon for Mr. Blake outside of the night with shorty above. The Book of David is available on iTunes and the DJ Quik Store, just like his limited edition T.
A good preparatory project allows the main event to built up with anticipation and promise. If you're a DJ Q-U-I-K fan and have been patiently waiting hand and foot of the release of his eight LP, The Book Of David, the LA Leakers have compiled something great to serve as a precursor.
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Unlike a lot of rappers, DJ Quik's music has always mimicked his mood.
When the thought of Snoop Dogg on New Year's Eve crosses your mind, the furtherst expectations would probably be a nice, quiet private party with his leading lady as 2011 breaks its crest. But the Boss Dogg is doing boss things this year and mature anthem deserves its own mature atmosphere. With plenty of superfriends, Landy Cognac and chronic, December 31st stays craccin' on the West Coast. Snag the track on iTunes so you can bump them on his Skullcandy headphones.
Like most artists locked down on Aftermath Alcatraz, freedom eventually becomes a necessity and inevitable since the album-to-year ratio is 1:10 over there. Still, Bishop Lamont carved his buzz out with a spoon until he was on the greener side of the pasture. The Shawshank Redemption: Angola 3 looks to bring his West Coast stock up to the premium status that's alluded him so far with assistance from Bink!, DJ Quik and Dr./Warden-never-any-hard-feelings-Andre-Young. Bishop was here. Download -- Bishop Lamont - The Shawshank Redemption: Angola 3 The song everybody wants to hear produced by The Good Doctor has a cinematic video to match the story.
Fat pockets be damned, Ice Cube is going to act a fool regardless. Still reppin' the West because that's who he is, "Y'all Know How I Am" marks the 2nd straight time father and son and son team up as they roll with the Lench Mob. Rolling til' the wheels fall off. Like last time, this is a clickable visual so get your gear in order. Bonus: They may not be in the physical but their presence is still felt in the west. Download -- Ice Cube – Man Vs. Machine (Prod. by DJ Quik) Download -- Ice Cube – Pros Vs. Joes (Prod. by E-A-Ski).
Very few MCs can come back from being verbally murdered.