DJ Quik

DJ Quik

Biography

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) as well as rapper. 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.

Discography

DJ Quik - Quik Is The Name

DJ Quik - Quik Is The Name

Profile Records 1991
DJ Quik - Way 2 Fonky

DJ Quik - Way 2 Fonky

Profile Records 1992
DJ Quik - Safe + Sound

DJ Quik - Safe + Sound

Profile Records 1995
DJ Quik - Rhythm-Al-Ism

DJ Quik - Rhythm-Al-Ism

Profile Records 1998
DJ Quik - Balance & Options

DJ Quik - Balance & Options

Arista 2000
DJ Quik - Under Tha Influence

DJ Quik - Under Tha Influence

Bungalo Records 2002
DJ Quik - The Best Of DJ Quik: Da Finale

DJ Quik - The Best Of DJ Quik: Da Finale

Arista 2002
DJ Quik - Platinum & Gold Collection

DJ Quik - Platinum & Gold Collection

Arista 2004
DJ Quik - Trauma

DJ Quik - Trauma

Mad Science 2005
DJ Quik - Greatest Hits - Live At The House Of Blues

DJ Quik - Greatest Hits - Live At The House Of Blues

Mad Science 2006
DJ Quik - Born And Raised In Compton: The Greatest Hits

DJ Quik - Born And Raised In Compton: The Greatest Hits

Arista 2006
DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout

DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout

Mad Science 2009
DJ Quik - The Book Of David

DJ Quik - The Book Of David

Mad Science 2011
DJ Quik - The Midnight Life

DJ Quik - The Midnight Life

Mad Science 2014
DJ Quik - The Essential DJ Quik

DJ Quik - The Essential DJ Quik

Arista, Legacy 2015
DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans - EP

DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans - EP

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc., Blake Enterprises 2016
DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans

DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc., Blake Enterprises 2017

Guest Appearances

Hi-C - Skanless
  • 2 Skanless

Hi-C Featuring Tony A - Skanless

Skanless Records 1991
Penthouse Players Clique - Paid The Cost
  • P.S. Phuk U 2

Penthouse Players Clique - Paid The Cost

Ruthless Records, Priority Records 1992
Juvenile Committee - Free Us Colored Kids
  • Juvenile Thang

Juvenile Committee - Free Us Colored Kids

Grand Jury Entertainment 1993
Tony! Toni! Toné! - House Of Music
  • Let's Get Down

Tony! Toni! Toné! - House Of Music

Mercury 1996
Suga Free - Street Gospel
  • Tip Toe

Suga Free - Street Gospel

Island Black Music 1997
Deborah Cox - One Wish
  • One Wish

Deborah Cox - One Wish

Arista 1998
Soloc - Death Before Dishonor
  • Long Beach City (Future Mix)

Soloc - Death Before Dishonor

Future West Records 1998
Flexx - Flexx
  • Break Bread

Flexx - Flexx

Flexxworld Records, Nine Street 1998
2nd II None - Classic 220
  • Up 'N Da Club

2nd II None - Classic 220

Arista 1999
The Gap Band - Y2K: Funkin' Till 2000 Comz
  • Funkin' Till 2000 Comz

The Gap Band - Y2K: Funkin' Till 2000 Comz

Eagle Records 1999
AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money 2001
  • Soak Me Baby

AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money 2001

304 Entertainment, Lightyear Entertainment 2000
Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
  • Focus

Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis

DreamWorks Records 2000
8Ball & MJG - Space Age 4 Eva
  • Buck Bounce

8Ball & MJG - Space Age 4 Eva

JCOR Entertainment 2000
Xzibit - Restless
  • Sorry I'm Away So Much

Xzibit - Restless

Loud Records 2000
Mausberg - Non Fiction
  • Tha Truth Is...

Mausberg - Non Fiction

Shepherd Lane Music 2000
Big Syke - Big Syke Daddy
  • Time Iz Money

Big Syke - Big Syke Daddy

Rap-A-Lot Records, D3 Entertainment 2001
Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey
  • Can't Go Wrong

Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey

Artemis Records, Antra Records 2001
Won-G - No Better Than This
  • Nothing's Wrong

Won-G - No Better Than This

TNO Entertainment 2001
Talib Kweli - Quality
  • Put It In The Air

Talib Kweli - Quality

Rawkus 2002
King T. - The Kingdom Come
  • Let's Make A V

King T. - The Kingdom Come

Greedy Green Entertainment 2002
Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction
  • John Doe

Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction

MCA Records 2002
2Pac - Better Dayz
  • Late Night

2Pac - Better Dayz

Interscope Records 2002
Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking
  • I'm Not Really Lookin

Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking

Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records 2002
Hi-C - Hi-Life Hustle
  • Run Up, Done Up

Hi-C - Hi-Life Hustle

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life, Hi-Life Records 2003
Raphael Saadiq - All Hits At The House Of Blues
  • Let's Get Down

Raphael Saadiq - All Hits At The House Of Blues

Pookie Entertainment 2003
Ludacris - The Red Light District
  • Spur Of The Moment

Ludacris - The Red Light District

Def Jam South 2004
Jadakiss - Kiss Of Death
  • Shine

Jadakiss - Kiss Of Death

Ruff Ryders, Interscope Records 2004
Do Or Die - D.O.D
  • Church

Do Or Die - D.O.D

The Legion Records 2005
Xzibit - Full Circle
  • Poppin' Off

Xzibit - Full Circle

Koch Records 2006
Amir - Lyrical Terrorism
  • My Life Is Done

Amir - Lyrical Terrorism

Dope Fiend Records 2006
Twiztid - Independents Day
  • Hurt Someone

Twiztid - Independents Day

Psychopathic Records 2007
2nd II None - The Shit
  • Nuthin' Has Changed

2nd II None - The Shit

Death Row Records, Interscope Records 2008
Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction OG
  • John Doe

Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction OG

PYO Entertainment International 2008
Down A.K.A. Kilo - Cholo Skate
  • Certified Boss

Down A.K.A. Kilo - Cholo Skate

Cholo Enterprises 2009
Danny Boy - It's About Time
  • Between Me And U

Danny Boy - It's About Time

WIDEawake, Death Row Records 2010
Dwele - W.ants W.orld W.omen
  • I Wanna

Dwele - W.ants W.orld W.omen

eOne, RTMG 2010
Kurupt - Streetlights
  • Bounce, Rock, Skate (Kurupted Mix)

Kurupt - Streetlights

Penagon Records 2010
YG - Blame It On The Streets
  • Bicken Back Being Bool Remix

YG - Blame It On The Streets

Def Jam Recordings 2014
Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction: Classic Edition
  • John Doe

Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction: Classic Edition

N With The Words Music 2014
The Game - The Documentary 2 + 2.5 (Collector's Edition)
  • Quik's Groove

The Game - The Documentary 2 + 2.5 (Collector's Edition)

eOne Music 2016

Compilations

South Central (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • 2 Skanless

Various - South Central (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Hollywood Basic 1992
Menace II Society (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Can't Fuck Wit A Nigga

Various - Menace II Society (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jive 1993
Murder Was The Case (The Soundtrack)
  • Dollars & Sense

Various - Murder Was The Case (The Soundtrack)

Death Row Records 1994
Steel - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
  • Strait Playin' (Superman Remix)

Various - Steel - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture

Qwest Records, Warner Bros. Records 1997
Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472
  • Three The Hard Way

Various - Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472

Columbia, So So Def 1998
DJ Screw - 3 'N The Mornin' (Part Two) Remix
  • Let You Have It

DJ Screw - 3 'N The Mornin' (Part Two) Remix

Bigtyme Recordz 1998
Life - Music Inspired By The Motion Picture
  • It's Like Everyday

Various - Life - Music Inspired By The Motion Picture

Rock Land Records, Interscope Records 1999
Orlie's Lowriding Compilation Volume 1 - Coast Ridas
  • Tonight

Various - Orlie's Lowriding Compilation Volume 1 - Coast Ridas

Polygram Records, World Movemnt Records 1999
Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000
  • Late Night

Various - Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000

Death Row Records 1999
The N.W.A. Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998
  • Trust No *****

Various - The N.W.A Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998

Priority Records 1999
Deep Blue Sea (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Get Tha Money (Dollar Bill)

Various - Deep Blue Sea (Music From The Motion Picture)

Warner Bros. Records 1999
Suga Free & Mausberg - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1
  • Pimpin'

Suga Free & Mausberg - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1

Sheppard Lane Records, Private I Records 2000
Training Day - The Soundtrack
  • Put It On Me

Various - Training Day - The Soundtrack

Priority Records 2001
Soundbombing III
  • Put It In The Air

Various - Soundbombing III

Rawkus 2001
The N.W.A. Legacy 2
  • Born And Raised In Compton

Various - The N.W.A Legacy 2

Priority Records, Capitol Records 2002
Ice T Presents Westside
  • Born & Raised In Compton

Various - Ice T Presents Westside

Obsessive 2002
Gang Tapes The Album
  • Soak Me Baby

Various - Gang Tapes The Album

Activate Entertainment LLC 2002
Frost Presents Somethin' For The Riderz
  • Let's Make A.V.

Various - Frost Presents Somethin' For The Riderz

40 Ounce Records 2003
Sugafree - The Features
  • Do I Love Her

Sugafree - The Features

Laneway Records 2004
Suga Free - The Features Volume 2
  • Trouble (Remix)

Suga Free - The Features Volume 2

Siccness.net 2005
Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E
  • P.S. Phuk U 2

Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E

Priority Records, Ruthless Records, EMI 2007
Cholly-J - How Can I Be Down
  • Work Wit Dat (Remix)

Cholly-J - How Can I Be Down

SHWCD Records 2007
Kurupt - Penagon Rydaz
  • Take It Off

Various - Kurupt Presents Penagon Rydaz

Penagon Entertainment LLC 2011

Production

2nd II None - 2nd II None
  • All Tracks

2nd II None - 2nd II None

Profile Records 1991
Hi-C - Skanless
  • Bullshit

Hi-C Featuring Tony A - Skanless

Skanless Records 1991
AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money
  • Nu Exasize

AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money

Select Records 1991
DJ Quik - Quik Is The Name
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Quik Is The Name

Profile Records 1991
Class Act (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • A Class Act II (Rap Version)

Various - Class Act (Music From The Motion Picture)

Giant Records 1992
Penthouse Players Clique - Paid The Cost
  • All Tracks

Penthouse Players Clique - Paid The Cost

Ruthless Records, Priority Records 1992
DJ Quik - Way 2 Fonky
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Way 2 Fonky

Profile Records 1992
Juvenile Committee - Free Us Colored Kids
  • Juvenile Thang

Juvenile Committee - Free Us Colored Kids

Grand Jury Entertainment 1993
Candyman - I Thought U Knew
  • I Thought U Knew

Candyman - I Thought U Knew

Danzalot Records 1993
Menace II Society (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Can't Fuck Wit A Nigga

Various - Menace II Society (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jive 1993
Shello - The Homegirl
  • Street Niggaz

Shello - The Homegirl

Giant Records 1994
Above The Rim (The Soundtrack)
  • Didn't Mean To Turn You On

Various - Above The Rim (The Soundtrack)

Interscope Records, Death Row Records 1994
Murder Was The Case (The Soundtrack)
  • Dollars & Sense

Various - Murder Was The Case (The Soundtrack)

Death Row Records 1994
DJ Quik - Safe + Sound
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Safe + Sound

Profile Records 1995
Kam - Made In America
  • That's My Nigga

Kam - Made In America

EastWest Records America 1995
Death Row - Greatest Hits
  • Come When I Call

Various - Death Row - Greatest Hits

Death Row Records, Interscope Records 1996
Shaquille O'Neal - You Can't Stop The Reign
  • Strait Playin'

Shaquille O'Neal - You Can't Stop The Reign

T.W.IsM. Records 1996
Tony! Toni! Toné! - House Of Music
  • Let's Get Down

Tony! Toni! Toné! - House Of Music

Mercury 1996
Suga Free - Street Gospel
  • All Tracks

Suga Free - Street Gospel

Island Black Music 1997
Steel - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
  • Strait Playin' (Superman Remix)

Various - Steel - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture

Qwest Records, Warner Bros. Records 1997
The Watts Prophets - When The ’90s Came
  • Trippin’

The Watts Prophets - When The ’90s Came

Payday 1997
Luniz - Lunitik Muzik
  • Jus Mee & U

Luniz - Lunitik Muzik

Noo Trybe Records, C-Note Records 1997
Def Jam's How To Be A Player Soundtrack
  • Hard To Get (Revisited)

Various - Def Jam's How To Be A Player Soundtrack

Def Jam Recordings 1997
Caught Up - Music From The Motion Picture
  • Ride On / Caught Up!

Various - Caught Up - Music From The Motion Picture

Noo Trybe Records 1998
Down In The Delta (Music From And Inspired By The Miramax Motion Picture)
  • The Rain

Various - Down In The Delta (Music From And Inspired By The Miramax Motion Picture)

Virgin 1998
Deborah Cox - One Wish
  • One Wish

Deborah Cox - One Wish

Arista 1998
DJ Quik - Rhythm-Al-Ism
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Rhythm-Al-Ism

Arista 1998
Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472
  • Three The Hard Way

Various - Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472

Columbia, So So Def 1998
Deep Blue Sea (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Get Tha Money (Dollar Bill)

Various - Deep Blue Sea (Music From The Motion Picture)

Warner Bros. Records 1999
2nd II None - Classic 220
  • Up 'N Da Club

2nd II None - Classic 220

Arista 1999
Snoop Dogg - No Limit Top Dogg
  • Buss'n Rocks

Snoop Dogg - No Limit Top Dogg

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1999
Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000
  • We Don't Love Em'

Various - Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000

Death Row Records 1999
Nutt-So - The Betrayal
  • Words To My First Born

Nutt-So - The Betrayal

Nutty's Playhouse 2000
AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money 2001
  • Soak Me Baby

AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money 2001

304 Entertainment, Lightyear Entertainment 2000
8Ball & MJG - Space Age 4 Eva
  • Buck Bounce

8Ball & MJG - Space Age 4 Eva

JCOR Entertainment 2000
Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
  • Focus

Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis

DreamWorks Records 2000
Suga Free & Mausberg - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1

Suga Free & Mausberg - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1

Sheppard Lane Records, Private I Records 2000
Xzibit - Restless
  • Sorry I'm Away So Much

Xzibit - Restless

Loud Records 2000
Darkside - Nothin' To Lose
  • Mr Tic's Groove

Darkside - Nothin' To Lose

Tic, Tic, Boom!! Entertainment 2000
Mausberg - Non Fiction
  • Dick Ain't Free

Mausberg - Non Fiction

Shepherd Lane Music 2000
DJ Quik Presents Darkside - Heat Misers
  • Mr. Tic's Groove

DJ Quik Presents Darkside - Heat Misers

Tic, Tic, Boom!! Entertainment 2000
DJ Quik - Balance & Options
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Balance & Options

Arista 2000
Big Syke - Big Syke Daddy
  • Time Iz Money

Big Syke - Big Syke Daddy

Rap-A-Lot Records, D3 Entertainment 2001
Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey
  • Can't Go Wrong

Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey

Artemis Records, Antra Records 2001
2Pac - Until The End Of Time
  • Words 2 My First Born

2Pac - Until The End Of Time

Interscope Records 2001
Won-G - No Better Than This
  • Nothing's Wrong

Won-G - No Better Than This

TNO Entertainment 2001
Soundbombing III
  • Put It In The Air

Various - Soundbombing III

Rawkus 2001
Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction
  • John Doe

Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction

MCA Records 2002
DJ Quik - The Best Of DJ Quik: Da Finale
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - The Best Of DJ Quik: Da Finale

Arista 2002
Talib Kweli - Quality
  • Put It In The Air

Talib Kweli - Quality

Rawkus 2002
Ice T Presents Westside
  • Born & Raised In Compton

Various - Ice T Presents Westside

Obsessive 2002
King T. - The Kingdom Come
  • Let's Make A V

King T. - The Kingdom Come

Greedy Green Entertainment 2002
Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking
  • I'm Not Really Lookin

Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking

Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records 2002
2Pac - Better Dayz
  • Late Night

2Pac - Better Dayz

Interscope Records 2002
DJ Quik - Under Tha Influence
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Under Tha Influence

Bungalo Records 2002
Roscoe - Young Roscoe Philaphornia
  • Get Flipped

Roscoe - Young Roscoe Philaphornia

Priority Records 2003
Jay-Z - The Black Album
  • Justify My Thug

Jay-Z - The Black Album

Roc-A-Fella Records 2003
Hi-C - Hi-Life Hustle
  • Hit Me Where It Hurts

Hi-C - Hi-Life Hustle

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life, Hi-Life Records 2003
Soundtrack To South Central (Straight From The Streets Of Los Angeles)

Various - Soundtrack To South Central (Straight From The Streets Of Los Angeles)

Debo Records 2003
Rappin’ 4-Tay - Gangsta Gumbo
  • If It Wasent 4 U

Rappin’ 4-Tay - Gangsta Gumbo

Liquid 8 Records 2003
2Pac - Loyal To The Game
  • Loyal To The Game (DJ Quik Remix)

2Pac - Loyal To The Game

Interscope Records 2004
Knoc-Turn'al - The Way I Am
  • Love Slave

Knoc-Turn'al - The Way I Am

Elektra 2004
King T - The Ruthless Chronicles

King T - The Ruthless Chronicles

Bigga Entertainment, Boss Up Entertainment 2004
Suga Free - The New Testament (The Truth)
  • Why U Bullshittin' (Part 2)

Suga Free - The New Testament (The Truth)

Bungalo Records 2004
DJ Quik - Platinum & Gold Collection
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Platinum & Gold Collection

Arista 2004
Do Or Die - D.O.D
  • Church

Do Or Die - D.O.D

The Legion Records 2005
DJ Quik - Trauma
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Trauma

Mad Science 2005
Xzibit - Full Circle
  • Poppin' Off

Xzibit - Full Circle

Koch Records 2006
Sinful (El Pecador) - Behind 16 Bars
  • Fandango

Sinful (El Pecador) - Behind 16 Bars

SInful Records 2006
DJ Quik - Born And Raised In Compton: The Greatest Hits
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Born And Raised In Compton: The Greatest Hits

Arista 2006
Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E
  • P.S. Phuk U 2

Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E

Priority Records, Ruthless Records, EMI 2007
X-Clan - Return From Mecca
  • Brother, Brother

X-Clan - Return From Mecca

Suburban Noize Records 2007
2nd II None - The Shit
  • All Tracks

2nd II None - The Shit

Death Row Records, Interscope Records 2008
The Game - LAX
  • Dope Boys

The Game - LAX

Geffen Records 2008
Snoop Dogg - Ego Trippin
  • Press Play

Snoop Dogg - Ego Trippin

Geffen Records 2008
Murs - Murs For President
  • The Science

Murs - Murs For President

Warner Bros. Records 2008
DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout

Mad Science 2009
Danny Boy - It's About Time
  • Between Me And U

Danny Boy - It's About Time

WIDEawake, Death Row Records 2010
DJ Quik - The Book Of David
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - The Book Of David

Mad Science 2011
Stalley - Honest Cowboy
  • Spaceships & Woodgrain

Stalley - Honest Cowboy

MMG, Atlantic 2013
DJ Quik - The Midnight Life
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - The Midnight Life

Mad Science 2014