He emphasised that his recent thoughts did not need to be turned into a podcast topic, but DJ Quik has certainly sparked debate in Hip Hop. During the genre's Golden Era, the Rap icon helped put the G-Funk era on the map, changing its West Coast sound completely. His influence can still be felt in Hip Hop culture today, and Quik believes he "[deserves] to be where Dre is."
This was not a dig at Dr. Dre, as the two Compton, California, icons admire each other's accomplishments.
"I don't think it's fair, but I can see why." I've never had a machine behind me because it always hurt my friends more than it helped me."
Not only did he release his own acclaimed albums (Way 2 Fonky, Safe + Sound, Rhythm-al-ism), all of which further showcased his skill behind the boards and on the mic, he also produced and engineered for Death Row artists, including 2Pac on his iconic 1996 double album, All Eyez On Me.
He has collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Erick Sermon, and Shaquille O'Neal, among others. His stage name reflects his ability to produce songs in a short period of time. Some of his top songs include "Dollaz + Sense", "Tonite", "Born and Raised in Compton" and "Jus Lyke Compton".
His drum production, bass lines, and incorporation of jazz keys and flutes into his otherwise funk-laced work stand out in particular, and his sonic track record extends well into the 2000s. That’s his drum production on 50 Cent’s epic 2003 hit “In Da Club.” And Nelly’s 2002 smash, “Hot In Herre”? It samples his production from his now-deceased artist, Mausberg’s, “Get Nekkid”.
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