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DJ Quik

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Compton, Los Angeles CA, United States (1987 – present)

DJ Quik (born David Martin Blake on January 18, 1970) is a West Coast rapper and record producer from Compton, California. He was raised at 436 West Spruce Street in Compton, California. As a teen he took up an affiliation with the Tree Top Piru Bloods, hence why his name is spelled Quik with the C conspicuously missing. A lot of Bloods would let the name “Quick” (because CK stands for Crip Killer) but he chose “Quik” to represent the Red but at the same time in some form of respect for the other side . He grew up without a father and moved out of his mother’s home when he was only 17. He lived in the house as the only male with 8 sisters. His home life was far from stable as he raps in a song that one of his sisters was selling drugs to one of his other sisters. He began selling homemade mixtapes (like “The Red Tape”, 1987) after he received a turntable for his 9th grade graduation and then began doing shows DJing around Southern California when he moved out. He signed to Profile Records in the summer of 1990, reportedly as the label’s first six figure signee. Not only could he rap and write his own songs, he could produce as well.

His debut album, “Quik Is The Name” was led by the success of two top 20 R&B singles, “Tonite” and “Born and Raised in Compton.” “Tonite” even charted on the pop charts. The album ended up reaching 10th on the album charts.

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  • SimonePerrota

    With all that said, I don't think The Midnight Life is so bad it's shocking! Anyway, Quik's been putting out good albums for years so he can afford a dud. I will always remain a fan.

    13 Jan 10:48pm Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    LuxDel! I knew I couldn't be the only one. It's as if people are riding it to death because, frankly, it's cool to like Quik these days. I mean, just look at the reviews. There's nothing today's music critics love more than a story and good timing. (I think Quik's become a lot more outspoken yet press-savvy during the last few years). Quik's currently getting a lot of love and long-overdue acknowledgement, which is GREAT but not an excuse to label a mediocre album anything other than what it is.

    13 Jan 10:46pm Reply
  • LuxDel

    dont be nice v. Midnight Life is bad, so bad it's shocking. 2nd II None's 2014 album was a million times better.

    10 Jan 8:38pm Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    It's okay but...meh. Abundantly obvious to those who know his catalogue that he's put out considerably better records.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • tobacconist

    this album fuckin rules [2]

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nagsworth

    the hell you on about simoneperrota, this album fuckin rules

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Illest_Villain

    this album is great

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Disappointed. It's arguably his worst to date...

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Cheyodos

    THIS WHOLE ALBUM THOUGH

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Insanesheet

    midnight life !! love it.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • oltnabrick1

    the midnight life is great *]

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • TheWireMusic89

    the one man band

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • tobacconist

    https://soundcloud.com/quikisthename/pet-sematary this is great

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    not rating his solo works

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • deef1

    http://www.lastfm.pl/music/DJ+Quik/+images/81939505 - VOTE!

    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Insanesheet

    i've seen one of his recent interview and he is working for his 9th album. good news !

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    He sounds like he's done producing stuff for other cats alright but he didn't specify as to whether or not he'd stop putting out his own material. Can't blame Quik for being bitter, he's done so much of the dirty work for great projects (extrinsic from his own) and never got his dues...

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • methane36

    quik sounded bitter on the xxl article. he is one of my favorite producers but it seems he is scared of how hip-hop has evolve and instead of adapting he would just rather give up. sad.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • iboudebo6te

    So one of the best West coast hip hop artists retires and nobody cares?

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • cWalkerTHPS

    still got love for quik <3

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
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