Saturday, 7 August 2010

Quik's Groove: The Collection

I've been wanting to do this for a while just for personal use as I've always been a huge fan not only of DJ Quik, but of most of his production he's done spanning his entire career. The jewel in the crown for me though, has always been his "Quik's Groove" series, which has popped up one at a time throughout his discography.

Its just an example of how beautiful hip-hop music can be, and how brilliant he is at his craft. A lot of people take hip-hop production for granted, play about with a Casio Keyboard and a drum machine and think theyre a musical prodigy, but only when you hear a true beatmaker like Quik ad how he works in his craft, do you realise how tough it is to be a producer of the highest calibre.

Not many people can stand next to DJ Quik and say they can even be considered as good a musicmaker as him, not just in the hip-hop genre, but in music in general, and his Quik's Groove series has always been the section where he can flex his skill and talent and show his true musicianship.

There have so far been seven Quik's Groove songs released through his career, spanning from the first edition in 1991, to his most recent one which was released as part of a greatest hits package back in 2002. Hopefully there's more to come, and with a new solo album reported to be in the works there's a good chance there will be. For now though, get yourself an ale or lager (or a Coors Light for the homosexual), chill in the garden, and enjoy 25-30 minutes of the most laidback, beautiful west coast hip-hop music you'll hear for quite some time...

DJ Quik - Quik's Groove: The Collection (1991-2002)

1. Quik's Groove I (1991)
2. Quik's Groove II (For U 2 Rip 2) (1992)
3. Quik's Groove III (1995)
4. Quik's Groove IV (Medley For A 'V') (1998)
5. Quik's Groove V (2000)
6. Quik's Groove VI (2002)
7. Quik's Groove VII (2002)

Also, just for the sake of completion, there was another release called "Quikstrumental", which is also known as a Quik's Groove, that was part of his 2005 release "Trauma". Its slightly different as it features Jodeci on vocals, so doesn't necessarily fit in with the rest of the Quik's Groove series with it being non-instrumental. The youtube video below features this track so feel free to track it down and add it to your collection if needs be.


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