DJ QUIK plays Neumos Thurs April 19th
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Where do I even start? Quik’s music dominated my high school soundtrack, for one. Every sunny day. Every lunch break. Every trip to the homies party to get drunk on crap beer. Every shorty I drove back from said party. Quik was there. Rhythm-al-ism to be exact.
Quik should honestly be given royalties every time someone says “west coast” because the music he has made and the persona he embodies is the perfect living and breathing definition of the term. The SoCal electro and p funk sounds he based his early albums off. The smooth pimpish yet furiously annunciated and syncopated rhymes that he shoots from his mouthpiece like a Mack-10. That perm. Dude just makes you feel like you’re in LA when u put on a record. It’s that fact alone that I often have a hard time listening to Quik when it’s cold and gloomy in the 206. It just pisses me off that I’m not driving with the topdown on Sunset Blvd or some shit.
Rhythm-al-ism is the perfect hip-hop album in every sense of the word. The production is completely bananas. Live instrumentation with some of the hottest percussion you will ever hear on wax. Little subtleties in his guitar work and effects on his synths just make you smile and nod like you’ve never heard rap/funk in any incarnation, whether casual listener or complete rap nerd. The RnB influences are many and mostly flawless. Just to pinpoint a few…
That is just one album in a discography that spans over two decades, with very little filler and mostly killer. Not to mention his various collaborations with one my other ‘top 5′ musicians, Raphael Saadiq.
In short, don’t you dare fucking miss him play in Seattle next week.
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