DJ Quik

DJ Quik

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David Martin Blake (born January 18, 1970), better known by his stage name DJ Quik, is an MC and record producer. According to Quik himself, his stage name reflects his ability to produce records in short time. He signed to Profile Records in the summer of 1990, reportedly as the label's first six figure signee.

His debut album, “Quik Is the Name,” which was released in 1991, was led by the success of two Top 20 R&B singles, “Tonite” and “Born and Raised in Compton.” The album ended up reaching #10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

He later released his second album entitled “Way 2 Fonky” in 1992. It was certified gold and included the successful singles “Way 2 Fonky” and “Jus Lyke Compton.”

His third album “Safe & Sound,” released in 1995, peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200. It included the tracks “Dollaz & Sense” and “Safe & Sound.”

Though he is only credited for producing “Heartz of Men” on 2Pac's acclaimed “All Eyez on Me” he also did additional production and mixed half the album. He also made an uncredited appearance on a song with 2Pac entitled “Thug Passion.” In 2002, he produced Truth Hurts' Top 10 pop hit “Addictive.” Quik also produced and appeared on another track on Truth Hurts' debut LP, “Truthfully Speaking,” entitled “I'm Not Really Lookin.” Quik also produced the 2Pac song “Late Night” on the 2002 album “Better Dayz,” which was originally done in the mid-1990s.

After the lackluster sales of his fifth album, “Balance & Options,” released in 2000, he was dropped by Arista Records which in 1998 had bought Profile Records.

In 2002 he released “Under tha Influence” under Ark 21 Records. In September 2005, DJ Quik released his first independent album on his own new label, Mad Science Recordings. The album titled “Trauma” reflected the turmoil in the producer's musical life over the past few years. In recent years he has worked with a 74 piece orchestra during a collaboration with Marcus Miller while working on the score to the movie “Head of State.”

In preparation for an upcoming collaboration, which was expected for release in late 2007, DJ Quik and AMG formed the group The Fixxers. Along with the formation of the duo, he dropped the “DJ” from his name for the upcoming album and rapped as “Quik.” In March 2007 they had signed a single deal with Interscope Records for the release of their album “Midnight Life” and promoted it with “Can You Werk Wit Dat?” However, the album was scrapped due to unauthorized actions by Hudson Melvin Baxter II also known as “Hud,” who illegally put it up for sale on the internet in December 2007. The album was then spread across the internet as a bootleg.

In February 2008, Quik finished up mixing and producing for Snoop Dogg's new record “Ego Trippin.” A collaboration album with Tha Dogg Pound member, Kurupt, entitled BlaQKout was released in 2009.

He released his eighth studio album, “The Book of David” in 2011 and it debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200. “Luv of My Life” featuring Gift was the first official single from the album. “Real Women” featuring Jon B. was the second official single from the album.

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