The resurgence of West Coast hip hop in recent times has seen a new breed of artists enjoying critical acclaim and commercial success. The current poster boy of that success, Kendrick Lamar, seeks to return to the roots of the West Coast sound on his next album and says that he wants to, “bring that original sound that people have been missing from the West Coast for a while.”
To do so, he wants to work with legendary Compton rapper and producer, DJ Quik who will forever be identified with the West Coast for creating an instantly recognisable sound that fuses funk, r&b, soul and everything in between. Such is Quik’s influence, LA Weekly has recently qualified him (August 2013) as the Number 1 West Coast producer in the history of hip hop ahead of Dr Dre, DJ Muggs and The Alchemist.
With eight albums to his name and production work with a who’s who of the R&B and Hip Hop world including 2Pac, Toni Tony Tone, Nate Dogg, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre to his credit, DJ Quik stands as one of hip-hop’s most consistent artists, producers and musicians. To his credit he has over 100 million sound scanned recordings and has remained as a main stay in hip hop and R&B circles for over two decades.
He continued to mix his legendary beat crafting and witty lyricism with his 2012 release, The Book of David, an album that, gave listeners an insightful and candid peek into the man behind the music.
As one of Quik’s long time collaborators (they released the acclaimed album “Blaqkout” together in 2009), Kurupt, is also one of the most recognisable and important figures in West Coast hip hop history. An integral part of the Death Row Records family, Kurupt (aka Young Gotti) is known as one half of Tha Dogg Pound with Daz Dilinger who, as a duo, has released 7 studio albums since 1995 with an impeding release, “Alumni” scheduled for late 2013. As a Grammy nominated solo artist, Kurupt has released 6 studio albums and enjoyed a stream of commercial hits and collaborations with everyone from The Gap Band, Gangstarr, Jodeci, Dr Dre, Tyrese, Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne, not to mention a filmography that has seen him appear in over 25 films.
Constant touring by both Quik and Kurupt have seen them remain at the forefront of live hip hop. Their chemistry on “Blaqkout” was evident and the duo are said to be currently working on a new “Blaqkout” release.
In what is set to please not only hip hop fans, but music fans in general, DJ Quik and Kurupt now come to Australia for the first time together as part of the inaugural “West Coast Icons Tour”, a fitting name for two of the West Coast’s most recognisable, and important, figures.
With hours of hits amongst them, and together, and a dynamic energetic live show full of West Coast bravado, this show will be reflective of the legacy of two illustrious careers and one of the hip hop shows of the year.
Atzi DJ Quik @ the Gaelic
Thursday, March 15th 2012
Reviewed by The Baroness
In the thirty plus years since the ‘official’ inception of recorded Hip-Hop music, one could argue that no sub-genre of Hip-Hop music has permeated popular culture quite like the legacy of gangster-funk a.k.a. G-Funk. Vehemently abhorred by pockets of so-called Hip-Hop purists as misrepresentative, a thoughtful yet limited mind could argue that g-funk as a style remains reliant on a myriad of mid-west funk styles made famous by such luminaries such as the P-Funk collective and Zapp which have just been recycled for brainless mass consumption to generate profit. Literate music aficionados in contrast could counter that the sprawling hypnotic grooves, heavy baselines and funkdafied multi-gender lead & background vocals that characterize g-funk compositions are not only a modern extension of a rich legacy of funk music, but an authentic interpretation of Hip-Hop by a region that observed the signifying, dozens and braggadocios party roots at the core of East Coast born Hip-Hop music, understood it, and in turn offered up a unique sonic concoction of unbridled phatness that could have only been born and nurtured in that commodified but strikingly natural, golden yet smog-filled contradictory city of Los Angeles.
G-funk has bred more than its fair share of classic records and iconic personalities. Legendary musician/producers who twenty years into the game continue to innovate and set a template for how to grow with your audience? No one can and has done it better than David Blake, better known under his stage moniker, DJ Quik. Over the course of his career fans have enjoyed scathing battle lines go down in infamy, fell out laughing over hilarious snaps and raps, listened to intently biting commentary of L.A. street politics, and empathized alongside highly confessional lyrics. We’ve outright jammed to funk that bumps, sang along to soulful hooks a-plenty, and cooled out to his legendary jazz-fusion inspired ‘Grooves’ which have peppered the majority of his releases. So when it was announced that after twenty years the still young-looking, gifted and black Fresh Coast legend himself was bound for Australian shores for a brief tour, minions came out in scores.
Ain’t nothing like a fresh coast party. As a former resident of Ghost Town and Palms, I can testify this well-known catchphrase is the truth and was hella ready for ish to get poppin’. It became evident I wasn’t alone in my sentiments. Though the assembled crowd at the Gaelic no doubt showed love to the scheduled support acts, it became rabidly clear that the party really got started when Quik’s official tour DJ Quix05 got behind the decks. A veteran party-rocker and regional turntablist champion back Stateside, Quix05 had the years of experience to know that barking at the crowd to ‘wake up’ wasn’t necessary and that the musical legacy of the Fresh Coast spoke for itself. Easefully teasing the crowd with back-to-back snippets of g-funk inspired classics, his too-brief musical homage prompted appreciative roars from the crowd, and was the perfect precursor to this historical night for West Coast music lovers. Soon after, DJ Quik finally graced the stage with his presence, prompting the Gaelic to thunderously erupt.
Quik’s twenty-year career has been ripe with memorable moments. In my opinion he couldn’t have started his Sydney set off any better than by dropping the first-verse to his classic diss track Dollaz + Sense. Though he did not spit those ingenuous diss-lines (he’s on good terms with Eiht these days), I have no doubt that fellow long-term fans appreciated the nod to that classic moment in battle rap history. No doubt Quik understood that long-term riders to his music wanted (and deserved) classics galore, and he was evidently more than happy to deliver the goods. An impeccably rhythmic, on-key spliff-wielding performance of Bomb Budd quickly ensued. Three songs in and long-term fans were already partially satiated for their old-school jonez, further cemented by the inclusion of Born and Raised in Compton. Though it was apparent that jawns performed from the album ‘Quik Is The Name’ held a myriad of memories, there was plenty of love shown for his more recent catalogue. This was evident by the crowd’s response to Put It On Me where Quik rhymed both Dre and his verses to an appreciative audience. We were than treated to an excellent performance of Ghetto Rendezvous, featured on the exceptional and under-rated album ‘The Book of David’. Telling of Quik’s professionalism is that though he messed up the two lines in the first verse (you know you did – haha!) a casual listener would have never known as his delivery never faltered for a second.
Sweet Black P***y, Black Mercedes, Get Down (which got this former Cali resident getting her Gangster Slide on in the limited space available), the crowd at the Gaelic was being pummeled with relentless Left Coast goodness. When Quik began reminiscing about recording with Tupac Shakur right after his release from jail, it not only solidified his place as an under-the-radar West Coast icon, it potentially revealed to those who may not have been as well-acquainted with his legacy on how DEEP his legacy goes and how far-reaching his talent has stretched. My one point of contention with Quik was when he blatantly quipped to the crowd that he considers himself a producer, not a rapper. Though I understand that Quik is a serious appreciative student of funk and soul music, a diligent producer with an unparalleled ear for melodies and arguably delivers THE best mixed albums in Hip-Hop music, period (yes, even crisper and clearer than Dre, mu’fuccas) he is and has been the voice for many moods and moments which is why his fans are so unabashedly loyal over the years. Go beyond his party jams and delve deeper in his album tracks and you will see an artist who has seemingly never been so vested in his personae that he’s forsaken and feared speaking his heart and mind on record. I truly believe over the years he’s been slept-on lyrically, so, out of this belief I cannot and will not co-sign any sentiments that deny him the place he deserves, even if so expressed by himself.
As the night continued daps, spliffs, and handshakes were exchanged freely between the man of the hour and the crowd. Several moments were set aside and dedicated in memory to legendary deceased artists like the aforementioned Tupac Shakur and Eazy-E, with Quix05 transforming Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ into a distinctly new beat on the decks in tribute to the King of Pop. For myself, Quik’s shout-outs to Nate Dogg hit my heart the hardest, as it was on this exact date one year ago, March 15th, that Nate Dogg transitioned. It was these small yet sincere gestures from one friend and fan like Quik to his former peers that helped metamorphosis the night from merely being just another Hip-Hop show to a more intimate and celebratory house-party. Freely rhyming into folks iPhones and cameras, when he broke out his collaboration with Tony Toni Tone ‘Let’s Get Down’ from their immaculate ‘House of Music’ album in full, the night truly reached a pinnacle. Descending into the crowd to get down and spread the love, holding up the mic to his fans mouths so they could punch in words, musical communion had climaxed. And it was sublime.
We will be hosting a G Funk special with Soul of Sydney DJ’s & friends dropping some of the classic SOUL & FUNK Records that shaped the G Funk sound as a warm to up coming show for West Coast Hip Hop Legend – DJ Quik.
Sunday Afternoon Classic Funk, Boogie, G Funk a stack of West Coast Rap & Hip Hop flavours.
FINALLY the rain has gone for our Block Party PICNIC so pack the eski, picnic blanket and join us to shake shake those Cabin Fever blues away after being stuck in doors for two weeks we will be throwing down the day time Soul, Funk & Hip Hop vibes from 12pm in a NEW Parkside location in Alexandria.
STILL OPEN DECKS! Family Friendly, MUSIC HEADS PICNIC!
Parkside Venue Option #1 – Park-side Location in Alexandria with BBQ areas (pending weather) we still need some sunshine for the usual park side parties to go down! Venue Option #2 – (BACK UP VENUE IN CASE OF RAIN)Inner City FUNK LOFT/LOUNGE SPACE: in the vent of rain we have organised a kid friendly lounge/loft space with a stack of light, massive couches and tables just ready for a Sunday afternoon in-door picnic just in case it does keep raining.
We now officially have a BACK UP VENUE who are happy to host us just in the event this monsoonal rain doesn’t end, so it just means all we have to move the picnic under some covers into an inner city FUNK LOUNGE/LOFT SPACE!
We will be updating everyone via SMS as soon as we know how it looks for Sunday, so look out for updates early Sunday morning by around 10 or 11pm.
We will be in a park-side location around Alexandria from around 12 pm till late or a back up inner city FUNK LOUNGE ROOM in the event of rain!
STILL OPEN DECKS! Family Friendly, MUSIC HEADS PICNIC!
DJ’s playing an eclectic mix of day time SOUL, FUNK , DISCO, HIP HOP & REAL HOUSE GEMS.
Our House Sydney & Soul of Sydney Present:
SOUL OF SYDNEY: Free Block Party Picnic/BBQ #7
SOUL OF SYDNEY BLOCK PARTY PICNIC #7 : G FUNK / DJ QUIK WARM UP SPECIAL!
Along with the usual FUNK will be paying homage to some of the SOUL, FUNK AND BOOGIE CUTS THAT SHAPED THE G FUNK ERA & WEST COAST HIP HOP!
Expect an afternoon of SOUL, FUNK, & HIP HOP GEMS from artist including the likes of; Ohio Players, Parliament, Funkadellic, Zapp & Roger, Dr Dre, Isley Brothers, Ice Cube, James Brown, Kleer & Dayton + the usual Sunset Soul-Train FUNK throw-down to close out the day!
Sunday afternoon; NEO SOUL FUNK DISCO HIP HOP & DAY TIME HOUSE VIBES
SUNDAY Feb 26th – 12pm – 7pm
FREE ENTRY VIA EMAIL, FAMILY FRIENDLY, SUNDAY ARVO PICNIC/BBQ VIBES
New Parkside Location (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for location info)
Soul of Sydney & Our House Sydney will be hosting another special family friendly Throw-down picnic to celebrate your Sunday FUN Day’s in the right kind of fashion.. with a stack of good mates, outdoors in the sunshine and with DJ’s playing REAL music..
We have a stack of DJ’s on rotation playing a stack of daytime SOUL, FUNK, HIP HOP & HOUSE joints from the likes of James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Masters At Work, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Dilla, Larry Levan, Sade, Jill Scott & Frankie Knuckles just to name a few.
Real Music, Real People Enjoying in a Family Friendly outdoor environment.
Open Decks, Open Mic & Open Floor (for all you dancers)
If you are interested in supporting, performing or need to get in contact please shoot us an email on email@example.com as we will be updating venue information very soon.
NEW PARKSIDE LOCATION IN ALEXANDRIA
(email firstname.lastname@example.org for venue details)
Blockparty Picnic Mixtape #3 by DJ Phil Toke (Our House Sydney/Soul of Sydney)
Our main man & resident Blockparty DJ Phil Toke put together this dope mixtape jam packed with some of the daytime FUNK, DISCO & REAL HOUSE jams he has been throwing down at the picnics over the last few months. Expect a stack of similar vibes for Australia Day!
John Davis Monster Orchestra- Ain’t That Enough For You
James Brown- Funky President
The Commodores- Brick House
Average White Band- Pick Up The Pieces
First Choice- Love Thang
Angela Winbush- I Love You More
Convertion- Lets Do It
Komiko- Feel Alright
Geraldine Hunt- Cant Fake The Feeling
Richard T Bear- Sunshine Hotel
Lenny Williams- You Got Me Runnin (Krivit Re edit)
The Salsoul Orchestra- You’re Just The Right Size
The Salsoul Orchestra- Salsoul Rainbow/Obama Victory Speech
Diana Ross- No One Gets The Prize
Diana Ross- The Boss
If you haven’t sent you for mobile number can you please forward to email@example.com in the event we do have to move the party last minute?
Check out some of the SOUL TRAIN FUN from our last few parties
A Few points that might help you organise you day better;
It is a FAMILY FRIENDLY PICNIC first and foremost so might be a good idea really to pack for a Sunday Picnic in the park (eski/ picnic basket, fruit, drinks and something to sit on etc.)
We have a spot with a stack of grass around with plenty of room for kids, it is 5 mins from city around Alexandria, there is shade but best people bring some hats etc.
We will have a Sound System with selectors playing an eclectic mix of real music including everything from Sade to James Brown to De La Soul, Erykah Badu & Masters At Work, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles.
It is open decks with rotating DJ’s (but best people get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if keen to play to confirm time slots)
We usually aim to get everything starting at about 12pm with ending time around depending on vibe.
We will be waiting for the weather forecast before we make the call as it is outdoors, if it does look like it’s going to rain then we will simply move till next sunny Sunday. (We will be in touch a few days out for the event via email & on the day via SMS in case we have to move the party, so we will need your Mobile details too so we can get location details quicker)
ARTIST CALL OUT: If you are a local Musician, MC, Singer, Percussionist or DJ then we are very keen to hear from you if you would like to play, especially if you down to play percussion along the Djs in an open jam vibe for Sunday. (we are hoping to get thing going as a regular Sunday afternoon local soul funk and hip hop open jam session so if your keen to be part of it let us know)
For local Soul music fan then we simply wants you there enjoying the music, so get a group of friends together, spread the word and come down for a day out it the park to some real music.
Thanks again for getting behind the idea kids.. Sydney definitely needs more people like YOU!
Pray for good weather & hope to see you all at the next one.
Soul of Sydney and Co.
UPCOMING EVENTS !
APRIL 1: NYC DISCO LEGEND JOHN MORALES (SUNDAY AFTERNOON DJ SET!
In the name of spreading REAL MUSIC! SOUL OF SYDNEY, OUR HOUSE SYDNEY & TONE have teamed up to put forward a small number of hush-hush out door POP UP street & park-side throw-downs during summer.
The idea is a series of free Pop-UP Sunday afternoon family friendly Picnic’s in various outdoor locations around this beautiful city, featuring rotating sets from local DJ’s & Artists still flying the flag for quality music in Sydney.
If you like the idea of hearing everything from James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Dilla & Masters At Work & Frankie Knuckles in an outdoor location where you can have a Sunday Picnic in the sunshine, then join us as we celebrate the gift of great music, in a relaxed environment with friends and al-fresco on picnic blankets!
Issac Hays- Theme From S.H.A.F.Tt black President.
The Beginning of The End- Funky Nassau (Part 1)
George Clinton – One Nation Under A Groove
Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
Lonnie Liston Smith- Expansions
George Benson- You Can Do It < Phil Toke & Soul of Sydney ‘I Have A DREAM EDIT’
Roy Ayers- Evolution
#2- Blockparty Picnic Mixtape 2 by DJ Phil Toke (Our House Sydney)
Our main man & resident Blockparty DJ Phil Toke put together this dope mixtape jam packed with some of the daytime FUNK, DISCO & REAL HOUSE jams he has been throwing down at the picnics over the last few months.
1.The Last Minister – Tribute to the JB family
2.Lyn Collins – Think (Jski edit)
3.Kool & The Gang – Love and Understanding
4.War – Galaxy
5.Jimmy Castor – E man boogie
6.Jesse G – thats hot
7.Change – A lover’s holiday
8.Nijel – Dance so fine (instrum)
9.Brothers Johnson – Stomp
10.Superbreak disco edits – Body Bait
11.Society – Can U rock?
12.Phase II – Reachin
13.Terrence Parker – Love’s Got me high
14.Teddy Pendergrass – Only you
15.Sylvester – Over & over
When rap music first emerged in the mid 1970s, it connected with listeners immediately by addressing all aspects of urban life with its unique freedom of self-expression. As the music evolved into a global cultural force, at least one rap icon remains true to the music’s heritage. That man is DJ Quik. MC, Producer, DJ, Multi Instrumentalist and West Coast hip hop legend. In fact, together with Dr Dre, Quik defined the sound that will forever be identified with the West Coast.
With four gold and platinum albums and production work with a who’s who of the R&B and Hip Hop world including 2Pac, Toni Tony Tone, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre to his credit, DJ Quik stands as one of hip-hop’s most consistent artists and musicians. To his credit he has over 100 million soundscanned recordings!
Six years after his last solo studio release, Quik is back. The Compton, California native returns with his eighth solo studio album with The Book Of David. As a nod to his birth-name, David Blake, this latest release is a candid and insightful project and has been voted the second most underrated album of 2011 on Rap Radar.
Quik’s sound is instantly recognizable and has been a mainstay in R&B and Hip Hop circles for almost two decades. In 2012, he continues to mix his legendary beat crafting and witty lyricism and with this new album he has evolved as a recording artist and the mind of the man behind the music, David Blake.
Given that his skills are just as precise now as they were on his 1991 debut album “Quik is the Name”, Quik’s music remains relevant and essential. The Book Of David is yet another fine addition to the catalogue of an immensely gifted artist.
20 years into the rap game, Quik will be performing live in Australia, for the first time, in March 2012. His live shows are reflective of not only the legacy that spans his illustrious career but his future legacy which will cement him as one of the most important players in the history of hip hop.