Consistency is usually a tough sell in hip-hop — DJ Quik’s career has been more than two decades of steady results, and The Book Of David was his most consistent record to date. And yet, throughout the year, David simply felt more permanent than most of its competition, a celebratory lifetime achievement award amidst the churn of microtrends. The depth of the musicality here is to be expected from Quik and by means of his own very underrated mic skills and a coterie of guests that by most standards would be tagged as nobodies or has-beens, David is by turns heartfelt and startlingly angry, funny and coldhearted — all of it unified to mirror the unpredictability of life as viewed by someone whose greatest gift is the wealth of experience he has to share.
By Andrew Parks on 10.18.14 in News
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By David Drake on 10.14.14 in Reviews
With his popular relevance at low ebb, DJ Quik retains a musical restlessness that no doubt makes him the envy of his age bracket. The Midnight Life is the third album in his most recent career phase, following 2009's Bl...
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By Beca Grimm on 02.23.15 in Features
"I was amped up, ready to go for it. And I did — several times…but people said, 'A Deaf rapper is impossible.'"