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 Records1991
DJ Quik - Way 2 Fonky

DJ Quik - Way 2 Fonky

Profile Records1992
DJ Quik - Safe + Sound

DJ Quik - Safe + Sound

Profile Records1995
DJ Quik - Rhythm-Al-Ism

DJ Quik - Rhythm-Al-Ism

Profile Records1998
DJ Quik - Balance & Options

DJ Quik - Balance & Options

Arista2000
DJ Quik - Under Tha Influence

DJ Quik - Under Tha Influence

Bungalo Records2002
DJ Quik - The Best Of DJ Quik: Da Finale

DJ Quik - The Best Of DJ Quik: Da Finale

Arista2002
DJ Quik - Platinum & Gold Collection

DJ Quik - Platinum & Gold Collection

Arista2004
DJ Quik - Trauma

DJ Quik - Trauma

Mad Science2005
DJ Quik - Greatest Hits - Live At The House Of Blues

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

Mad Science2006
DJ Quik - Born And Raised In Compton: The Greatest Hits

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

Arista2006
DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout

DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout

Mad Science2009
DJ Quik - The Book Of David

DJ Quik - The Book Of David

Mad Science2011
DJ Quik - The Midnight Life

DJ Quik - The Midnight Life

Mad Science2014
DJ Quik - The Essential DJ Quik

DJ Quik - The Essential DJ Quik

Arista, Legacy2015
DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans - EP

DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans - EP

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc., Blake Enterprises2016
DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans

DJ Quik & Problem - Rosecrans

Diamond Lane Music Group, Inc., Blake Enterprises2017

Guest Appearances

Hi-C - Skanless
  • 2 Skanless

Hi-C Featuring Tony A - Skanless

Skanless Records1991
Penthouse Players Clique - Paid The Cost
  • P.S. Phuk U 2

Penthouse Players Clique - Paid The Cost

Ruthless Records, Priority Records1992
Juvenile Committee - Free Us Colored Kids
  • Juvenile Thang

Juvenile Committee - Free Us Colored Kids

Grand Jury Entertainment1993
Tony! Toni! Toné! - House Of Music
  • Let's Get Down

Tony! Toni! Toné! - House Of Music

Mercury1996
Suga Free - Street Gospel
  • Tip Toe

Suga Free - Street Gospel

Island Black Music1997
Deborah Cox - One Wish
  • One Wish

Deborah Cox - One Wish

Arista1998
Soloc - Death Before Dishonor
  • Long Beach City (Future Mix)

Soloc - Death Before Dishonor

Future West Records1998
Flexx - Flexx
  • Break Bread

Flexx - Flexx

Flexxworld Records, Nine Street1998
2nd II None - Classic 220
  • Up 'N Da Club

2nd II None - Classic 220

Arista1999
The Gap Band - Y2K: Funkin' Till 2000 Comz
  • Funkin' Till 2000 Comz

The Gap Band - Y2K: Funkin' Till 2000 Comz

Eagle Records1999
AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money 2001
  • Soak Me Baby

AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money 2001

304 Entertainment, Lightyear Entertainment2000
Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
  • Focus

Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis

DreamWorks Records2000
8Ball & MJG - Space Age 4 Eva
  • Buck Bounce

8Ball & MJG - Space Age 4 Eva

JCOR Entertainment2000
Xzibit - Restless
  • Sorry I'm Away So Much

Xzibit - Restless

Loud Records2000
Mausberg - Non Fiction
  • Tha Truth Is...

Mausberg - Non Fiction

Shepherd Lane Music2000
Big Syke - Big Syke Daddy
  • Time Iz Money

Big Syke - Big Syke Daddy

Rap-A-Lot Records, D3 Entertainment2001
Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey
  • Can't Go Wrong

Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey

Artemis Records, Antra Records2001
Won-G - No Better Than This
  • Nothing's Wrong

Won-G - No Better Than This

TNO Entertainment2001
Talib Kweli - Quality
  • Put It In The Air

Talib Kweli - Quality

Rawkus2002
King T. - The Kingdom Come
  • Let's Make A V

King T. - The Kingdom Come

Greedy Green Entertainment2002
Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction
  • John Doe

Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction

MCA Records2002
2Pac - Better Dayz
  • Late Night

2Pac - Better Dayz

Interscope Records2002
Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking
  • I'm Not Really Lookin

Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking

Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records2002
Hi-C - Hi-Life Hustle
  • Run Up, Done Up

Hi-C - Hi-Life Hustle

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life, Hi-Life Records2003
Raphael Saadiq - All Hits At The House Of Blues
  • Let's Get Down

Raphael Saadiq - All Hits At The House Of Blues

Pookie Entertainment2003
Ludacris - The Red Light District
  • Spur Of The Moment

Ludacris - The Red Light District

Def Jam South2004
Jadakiss - Kiss Of Death
  • Shine

Jadakiss - Kiss Of Death

Ruff Ryders, Interscope Records2004
Do Or Die - D.O.D
  • Church

Do Or Die - D.O.D

The Legion Records2005
Xzibit - Full Circle
  • Poppin' Off

Xzibit - Full Circle

Koch Records2006
Amir - Lyrical Terrorism
  • My Life Is Done

Amir - Lyrical Terrorism

Dope Fiend Records2006
Twiztid - Independents Day
  • Hurt Someone

Twiztid - Independents Day

Psychopathic Records2007
2nd II None - The Shit
  • Nuthin' Has Changed

2nd II None - The Shit

Death Row Records, Interscope Records2008
Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction OG
  • John Doe

Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction OG

PYO Entertainment International2008
Down A.K.A. Kilo - Cholo Skate
  • Certified Boss

Down A.K.A. Kilo - Cholo Skate

Cholo Enterprises2009
Danny Boy - It's About Time
  • Between Me And U

Danny Boy - It's About Time

WIDEawake, Death Row Records2010
Dwele - W.ants W.orld W.omen
  • I Wanna

Dwele - W.ants W.orld W.omen

eOne, RTMG2010
Kurupt - Streetlights
  • Bounce, Rock, Skate (Kurupted Mix)

Kurupt - Streetlights

Penagon Records2010
YG - Blame It On The Streets
  • Bicken Back Being Bool Remix

YG - Blame It On The Streets

Def Jam Recordings2014
Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction: Classic Edition
  • John Doe

Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction: Classic Edition

N With The Words Music2014
DJ RPM - Cali Is Active Part 4
  • Hypnotize You

DJ RPM - Cali Is Active Part 4

Dirty Money Music Group2015
The Game - The Documentary 2 + 2.5 (Collector's Edition)
  • Quik's Groove

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

eOne Music2016
Big Tray Deee - The 3rd Coming
  • How The West Was Won!

Big Tray Deee - The 3rd Coming

Supreme Circle Music Group2016
Boogie - Thirst 48 Part II
  • Fuck 'Em All

Boogie - Thirst 48 Part II

Interscope Records2016

Compilations

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

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

Hollywood Basic1992
Menace II Society (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Can't Fuck Wit A Nigga

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

Jive1993
Murder Was The Case (The Soundtrack)
  • Dollars & Sense

Various - Murder Was The Case (The Soundtrack)

Death Row Records1994
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. Records1997
Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472
  • Three The Hard Way

Various - Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472

Columbia, So So Def1998
DJ Screw - 3 'N The Mornin' (Part Two) Remix
  • Let You Have It

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

Bigtyme Recordz1998
Life - Music Inspired By The Motion Picture
  • It's Like Everyday

Various - Life - Music Inspired By The Motion Picture

Rock Land Records, Interscope Records1999
Orlie's Lowriding Compilation Volume 1 - Coast Ridas
  • Tonight

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

Polygram Records, World Movemnt Records1999
Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000
  • Late Night

Various - Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000

Death Row Records1999
The N.W.A. Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998
  • Trust No *****

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

Priority Records1999
Deep Blue Sea (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Get Tha Money (Dollar Bill)

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

Warner Bros. Records1999
Suga Free & Mausberg - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1
  • Pimpin'

Suga Free & Mausberg - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1

Sheppard Lane Records, Private I Records2000
Training Day - The Soundtrack
  • Put It On Me

Various - Training Day - The Soundtrack

Priority Records2001
Soundbombing III
  • Put It In The Air

Various - Soundbombing III

Rawkus2001
The N.W.A. Legacy 2
  • Born And Raised In Compton

Various - The N.W.A Legacy 2

Priority Records, Capitol Records2002
Ice T Presents Westside
  • Born & Raised In Compton

Various - Ice T Presents Westside

Obsessive2002
Gang Tapes The Album
  • Soak Me Baby

Various - Gang Tapes The Album

Activate Entertainment LLC2002
Frost Presents Somethin' For The Riderz
  • Let's Make A.V.

Various - Frost Presents Somethin' For The Riderz

40 Ounce Records2003
Sugafree - The Features
  • Do I Love Her

Sugafree - The Features

Laneway Records2004
Suga Free - The Features Volume 2
  • Trouble (Remix)

Suga Free - The Features Volume 2

Siccness.net2005
Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E
  • P.S. Phuk U 2

Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E

Priority Records, Ruthless Records, EMI2007
Cholly-J - How Can I Be Down
  • Work Wit Dat (Remix)

Cholly-J - How Can I Be Down

SHWCD Records2007
Kurupt - Penagon Rydaz
  • Take It Off

Various - Kurupt Presents Penagon Rydaz

Penagon Entertainment LLC2011
King T - "Strait From Compton" King Ts Greatest Hits
  • Poppin' Off

King T - "Strait From Compton" King Ts Greatest Hits

King T Inc.2015

Production

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

2nd II None - 2nd II None

Profile Records1991
Hi-C - Skanless
  • Bullshit

Hi-C Featuring Tony A - Skanless

Skanless Records1991
AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money
  • Nu Exasize

AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money

Select Records1991
DJ Quik - Quik Is The Name
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Quik Is The Name

Profile Records1991
Class Act (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • A Class Act II (Rap Version)

Various - Class Act (Music From The Motion Picture)

Giant Records1992
Penthouse Players Clique - Paid The Cost
  • All Tracks

Penthouse Players Clique - Paid The Cost

Ruthless Records, Priority Records1992
DJ Quik - Way 2 Fonky
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Way 2 Fonky

Profile Records1992
Juvenile Committee - Free Us Colored Kids
  • Juvenile Thang

Juvenile Committee - Free Us Colored Kids

Grand Jury Entertainment1993
Candyman - I Thought U Knew
  • I Thought U Knew

Candyman - I Thought U Knew

Danzalot Records1993
Menace II Society (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Can't Fuck Wit A Nigga

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

Jive1993
Shello - The Homegirl
  • Street Niggaz

Shello - The Homegirl

Giant Records1994
Above The Rim (The Soundtrack)
  • Didn't Mean To Turn You On

Various - Above The Rim (The Soundtrack)

Interscope Records, Death Row Records1994
Murder Was The Case (The Soundtrack)
  • Dollars & Sense

Various - Murder Was The Case (The Soundtrack)

Death Row Records1994
DJ Quik - Safe + Sound
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Safe + Sound

Profile Records1995
Kam - Made In America
  • That's My Nigga

Kam - Made In America

EastWest Records America1995
Death Row - Greatest Hits
  • Come When I Call

Various - Death Row - Greatest Hits

Death Row Records, Interscope Records1996
Shaquille O'Neal - You Can't Stop The Reign
  • Strait Playin'

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

T.W.IsM. Records1996
Tony! Toni! Toné! - House Of Music
  • Let's Get Down

Tony! Toni! Toné! - House Of Music

Mercury1996
Suga Free - Street Gospel
  • All Tracks

Suga Free - Street Gospel

Island Black Music1997
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. Records1997
The Watts Prophets - When The ’90s Came
  • Trippin’

The Watts Prophets - When The ’90s Came

Payday1997
Luniz - Lunitik Muzik
  • Jus Mee & U

Luniz - Lunitik Muzik

Noo Trybe Records, C-Note Records1997
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 Recordings1997
Caught Up - Music From The Motion Picture
  • Ride On / Caught Up!

Various - Caught Up - Music From The Motion Picture

Noo Trybe Records1998
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)

Virgin1998
Deborah Cox - One Wish
  • One Wish

Deborah Cox - One Wish

Arista1998
DJ Quik - Rhythm-Al-Ism
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Rhythm-Al-Ism

Arista1998
Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472
  • Three The Hard Way

Various - Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472

Columbia, So So Def1998
Deep Blue Sea (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Get Tha Money (Dollar Bill)

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

Warner Bros. Records1999
2nd II None - Classic 220
  • Up 'N Da Club

2nd II None - Classic 220

Arista1999
Snoop Dogg - No Limit Top Dogg
  • Buss'n Rocks

Snoop Dogg - No Limit Top Dogg

No Limit Records, Priority Records1999
Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000
  • We Don't Love Em'

Various - Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000

Death Row Records1999
Nutt-So - The Betrayal
  • Words To My First Born

Nutt-So - The Betrayal

Nutty's Playhouse2000
AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money 2001
  • Soak Me Baby

AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money 2001

304 Entertainment, Lightyear Entertainment2000
8Ball & MJG - Space Age 4 Eva
  • Buck Bounce

8Ball & MJG - Space Age 4 Eva

JCOR Entertainment2000
Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
  • Focus

Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis

DreamWorks Records2000
Suga Free & Mausberg - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1

Suga Free & Mausberg - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1

Sheppard Lane Records, Private I Records2000
Xzibit - Restless
  • Sorry I'm Away So Much

Xzibit - Restless

Loud Records2000
Darkside - Nothin' To Lose
  • Mr Tic's Groove

Darkside - Nothin' To Lose

Tic, Tic, Boom!! Entertainment2000
Mausberg - Non Fiction
  • Dick Ain't Free

Mausberg - Non Fiction

Shepherd Lane Music2000
DJ Quik Presents Darkside - Heat Misers
  • Mr. Tic's Groove

DJ Quik Presents Darkside - Heat Misers

Tic, Tic, Boom!! Entertainment2000
DJ Quik - Balance & Options
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Balance & Options

Arista2000
Big Syke - Big Syke Daddy
  • Time Iz Money

Big Syke - Big Syke Daddy

Rap-A-Lot Records, D3 Entertainment2001
Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey
  • Can't Go Wrong

Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey

Artemis Records, Antra Records2001
2Pac - Until The End Of Time
  • Words 2 My First Born

2Pac - Until The End Of Time

Interscope Records2001
Won-G - No Better Than This
  • Nothing's Wrong

Won-G - No Better Than This

TNO Entertainment2001
Soundbombing III
  • Put It In The Air

Various - Soundbombing III

Rawkus2001
Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction
  • John Doe

Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction

MCA Records2002
DJ Quik - The Best Of DJ Quik: Da Finale
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - The Best Of DJ Quik: Da Finale

Arista2002
Talib Kweli - Quality
  • Put It In The Air

Talib Kweli - Quality

Rawkus2002
Ice T Presents Westside
  • Born & Raised In Compton

Various - Ice T Presents Westside

Obsessive2002
King T. - The Kingdom Come
  • Let's Make A V

King T. - The Kingdom Come

Greedy Green Entertainment2002
Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking
  • I'm Not Really Lookin

Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking

Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records2002
2Pac - Better Dayz
  • Late Night

2Pac - Better Dayz

Interscope Records2002
DJ Quik - Under Tha Influence
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Under Tha Influence

Bungalo Records2002
Roscoe - Young Roscoe Philaphornia
  • Get Flipped

Roscoe - Young Roscoe Philaphornia

Priority Records2003
Jay-Z - The Black Album
  • Justify My Thug

Jay-Z - The Black Album

Roc-A-Fella Records2003
Hi-C - Hi-Life Hustle
  • Hit Me Where It Hurts

Hi-C - Hi-Life Hustle

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life, Hi-Life Records2003
Soundtrack To South Central (Straight From The Streets Of Los Angeles)

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

Debo Records2003
Rappin’ 4-Tay - Gangsta Gumbo
  • If It Wasent 4 U

Rappin’ 4-Tay - Gangsta Gumbo

Liquid 8 Records2003
2Pac - Loyal To The Game
  • Loyal To The Game (DJ Quik Remix)

2Pac - Loyal To The Game

Interscope Records2004
Knoc-Turn'al - The Way I Am
  • Love Slave

Knoc-Turn'al - The Way I Am

Elektra2004
King T - The Ruthless Chronicles

King T - The Ruthless Chronicles

Bigga Entertainment, Boss Up Entertainment2004
Suga Free - The New Testament (The Truth)
  • Why U Bullshittin' (Part 2)

Suga Free - The New Testament (The Truth)

Bungalo Records2004
DJ Quik - Platinum & Gold Collection
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Platinum & Gold Collection

Arista2004
Do Or Die - D.O.D
  • Church

Do Or Die - D.O.D

The Legion Records2005
DJ Quik - Trauma
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - Trauma

Mad Science2005
Xzibit - Full Circle
  • Poppin' Off

Xzibit - Full Circle

Koch Records2006
Sinful (El Pecador) - Behind 16 Bars
  • Fandango

Sinful (El Pecador) - Behind 16 Bars

SInful Records2006
DJ Quik - Born And Raised In Compton: The Greatest Hits
  • All Tracks

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

Arista2006
Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E
  • P.S. Phuk U 2

Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E

Priority Records, Ruthless Records, EMI2007
X-Clan - Return From Mecca
  • Brother, Brother

X-Clan - Return From Mecca

Suburban Noize Records2007
2nd II None - The Shit
  • All Tracks

2nd II None - The Shit

Death Row Records, Interscope Records2008
The Game - LAX
  • Dope Boys

The Game - LAX

Geffen Records2008
Snoop Dogg - Ego Trippin
  • Press Play

Snoop Dogg - Ego Trippin

Geffen Records2008
Murs - Murs For President
  • The Science

Murs - Murs For President

Warner Bros. Records2008
DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout

Mad Science2009
Danny Boy - It's About Time
  • Between Me And U

Danny Boy - It's About Time

WIDEawake, Death Row Records2010
DJ Quik - The Book Of David
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - The Book Of David

Mad Science2011
Stalley - Honest Cowboy
  • Spaceships & Woodgrain

Stalley - Honest Cowboy

MMG, Atlantic2013
DJ Quik - The Midnight Life
  • All Tracks

DJ Quik - The Midnight Life

Mad Science2014