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One of the premier West Coast gangsta rap artists of the early '90s, DJ Quik was a rapper as well as a producer whose career carried on well into the next decade, as he put his career aside and began working primarily as a beat-maker. Born David Martin Blake on January 18, 1970, in Compton, California, DJ Quik made a name for himself on the mixtape circuit during the late '80s, compiling tapes also featuring fellow rappers AMG, 2nd II None, and Hi-C. On the basis of these mixtapes, he was signed to Priority Records and made his album debut with Quik Is the Name (1990), on which he produced all the tracks (as he would on each of his solo albums) in addition to rapping. Quik Is the Name proved quite successful, spawning two hits ("Tonite," "Born and Raised in Compton") and going platinum. Throughout the remainder of the '90s, DJ Quik released three further albums -- Way 2 Fonky (1992), Safe & Sound (1995), Rhythm-al-ism (1998) -- that were fairly successful, each going gold, yet none proved as popular as his debut. When his fifth album, Balance & Options (2000), failed to show a substantial improvement in sales, he was dropped by Arista (which had taken over Profile). His next album, Under tha Influence (2002), distributed by Universal, failed to resurrect his commercial standing. Again without a major-label deal, DJ Quik proceeded to form his own label, Mad Science Recordings, via which he released Trauma (2005) and Greatest Hits Live at the House of Blues (2006), and also, in 2005, re-released Under tha Influence. A collaborative album with Kurupt, BlaQKout, appeared in 2009 with the solo album The Book of David following in 2011. The Midnight Life, another strong showing for his Mad Science label, came three years later, then Rosecrans, an EP with rapper Problem, arrived in 2016. In addition to his solo career, DJ Quik kept busy as a producer, beginning in 1991 on the debut albums by 2nd II None and Hi-C. In subsequent years he contributed productions to albums by AMG, 2Pac, Jermaine Dupri, Shaquille O'Neal, Xzibit, 8Ball & MJG, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Jadakiss, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Murs, and Dwele, among many others. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Albums by
DJ Quik

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    30 songs

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    The Essential DJ Quik

    16 songs

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    The Midnight Life

    16 songs

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    The Book of David

    14 songs

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    Trauma

    13 songs

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    Trauma

    16 songs

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    Under tha Influence

    20 songs

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    Balance & Options

    19 songs

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    Balance & Options

    16 songs

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    Rhythm-al-ism

    14 songs

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    Rhythm-al-ism

    18 songs

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    Safe + Sound

    12 songs

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    Way 2 Fonky

    13 songs

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    Quik Is the Name

    5 songs

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    Fandango

    1 song

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    Whatcha Wan Do

    1 song

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    Can U Werk Wit Dat

    1 song

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    Can U Werk Wit Dat

    14 songs

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    Born and Raised in Compton: The Greatest Hits

    12 songs

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    Platinum & Gold Collection

    19 songs

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    The Best of DJ Quik: Da Finale

    18 songs

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    The Best of DJ Quik: Da Finale

    19 songs

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    Greatest Hits Live at the House of Blues

    1 song

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    Hey Playa

    17 songs

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    The Trauma Mixtape

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Top Songs by
DJ Quik

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    Popularity
  2.   Tonite
  3.   Born and Raised in Compton
  4.   Dollaz + Sense
  5.   Jus Lyke Compton
  6.   Change da Game featuring James DeBarge
  7.   Quik Is the Name
  8.   Trapped On the Tracks featuring Bishop Lamont
  9.   Down, Down, Down
  10.   Hand in Hand
  11.   Trouble
  12.   Fandango
  13.   F**k All Night
  14.   So Many Wayz
  15.   We Still Party
  16.   Get 2getha Again
  17.   America'z Most Complete Artist
  18.   Black Mercedes
  19.   California
  20.   Medley for a "V" (Reprise)
  21.   Intro for Roger
  22.   Sweet Black Pussy
  23.   Can U Werk Wit Dat
  24.   Put It on Me
  25.   Well featuring Mausberg
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Stations & Shows Featuring
DJ Quik

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    2Pac: DNA

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    Kendrick Lamar: DNA


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