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2016 In Review

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2016

The larger societal events of the past year had an interesting effect on rap music. Even more than usual, black Americans had to insist, as…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2016 - 10:25 am

2016 In Review

The Year In LA Gangster Blues (And Reds)

2016 was quietly the year of the gangster, specifically the LA gangster of the red and blue varieties. ScHoolboy Q, Vince Staples, YG, and DJ…
Collin Robinson | December 6, 2016 - 1:43 pm

Status Ain't Hood

The World’s Best Rap Music Comes From California

The G-funk era is over, but it might be just beginning again. Those days -- the classic early-'90s halcyon era of West Coast rap --…
Tom Breihan | October 19, 2016 - 12:07 pm

More DJ Quik stories

2016 In Review

The Year In LA Gangster Blues (And Reds)

2016 was quietly the year of the gangster, specifically the LA gangster of the red and blue varieties. ScHoolboy Q, Vince Staples, YG, and DJ…
Collin Robinson | December 6, 2016 - 1:43 pm

DJ Quik – “Black Friday”

For decades, the Compton legend DJ Quik has been among our greatest sources of musically advanced, lyrically knuckleheaded West Coast rap music. Earlier this year,…
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 11:10 am

DJ Quik Threatens To Sue YG Over Missing Credit

Veteran Compton beatsmith DJ Quik threatened to sue an anonymous Compton rapper six weeks ago, and it seemed like the unnamed rapper must have been…
Collin Robinson | August 8, 2016 - 1:44 pm

DJ Quik & Problem – “A New Nite” Video

For Rosecrans, the new collaborative EP that he made with fellow Compton rapper Problem, the West Coast production legend DJ Quik repurposed his classic 1991…
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2016 - 2:08 pm

Status Ain't Hood

A$AP Ferg Makes Them Boys Go Loco

Some rappers only barely rap when they get onstage. Instead, they rip through the crowd, stagedive, bark along with hits that aren't even theirs. They…
Tom Breihan | April 27, 2016 - 12:20 pm

Stream DJ Quik & Problem Rosecrans EP

Everything DJ Quik does is worth a listen. The Compton rapper and producer has been making tricky, innovative, idiosyncratic knucklehead G-funk for over two decades,…
Tom Breihan | April 20, 2016 - 9:55 am

DJ Quik – “Puffin The Dragon” Video

The veteran Compton rap innovator DJ Quik released the excellent, nastily playful album The Midnight Life last year, and now he's got a video for…
Tom Breihan | July 21, 2015 - 10:30 am

Spoon – “Inside Out (DJ Quik Remix)” (Feat. Iamsu!, Kurupt, & Boogie)

Britt Daniel has said from the beginning that Spoon's floaty, experimental piano-pop single "Inside Out" was inspired by Dr. Dre's 2001. Now one of Dre's…
Chris DeVille | May 28, 2015 - 11:46 am

2014 In Review

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

In 2014, rap's biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he's been promising.
Tom Breihan | December 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

DJ Quik – “Life Jacket” (Feat. Suga Free & Dom Kennedy) Video

A couple of weeks ago, DJ Quik, that great longtime restless presence on the California rap scene, released a very good album called The Midnight
Tom Breihan | November 3, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: DJ Quik The Midnight Life

"That Getter," the first single from DJ Quik's new album The Midnight Life, had one guest, and that guest's name was David Blake. David Blake…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Stream DJ Quik The Midnight Life

The great Compton rapper and producer DJ Quik has been in the game for decades, and he is still finding strange, idiosyncratic new ways to…
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2014 - 12:27 pm

DJ Quik – “Pet Sematary” Video

"Back on the scene with no cracks in my screen": That line is proof that DJ Quik is better at iPhone ownership than I am.
Tom Breihan | October 3, 2014 - 12:38 pm
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