Quik Is the Name

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Quik Is the Name
Studio album by DJ Quik
Released January 15, 1991 (1991-01-15)
Recorded 1990; Westlake Recording Studios (West Hollywood, California)
Genre
Length 43:21
Label
Producer
  • Courtney Branch (also exec.)
  • DJ Quik
  • Greg Jessie (exec.)
  • Tracy Kendrick (also exec.)
DJ Quik chronology
Quik Is the Name
(1991)
Way 2 Fonky
(1992)
Singles from Quik Is the Name
  1. "Born and Raised In Compton"
    Released: December 6, 1990 (1990-12-06)
  2. "Tonite"
    Released: June 10, 1991 (1991-06-10)
  3. "Quik Is the Name"
    Released: November 11, 1991 (1991-11-11)

Quik Is the Name is the debut studio album by American hip hop artist and producer DJ Quik, released by Profile Records on January 15, 1991. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1990. Production was mainly handled by DJ Quik along with his executive producers Courtney Branch and Tracy Kendrick. Recording sessions took place between throughout 1990 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California, with a production budget of $30,000.[1]

The album debuted at number twenty-nine on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 50,000 copies in its first week in the United States. The album was certified Gold four months after its release on May 30, 1991 and Platinum four years later on July 26, 1995.[2] To date the album has sold over 1,068,203 copies in United States.[3] Quik is the Name is seen by many as one of the most influential hip hop albums of the 1990s and one of the albums that defined the G-funk sound for years to come.

Background[edit]

DJ Quik was signed by Profile Records in the summer of 1990, after they heard his 1987 mixtape "The Red Tape". He was the most expensive signee that Profile had ever acquired and was also the first artist to have got a six figure deal on the label.[4] Quik revealed to Vibe (magazine) that "Quik is the Name" was originally supposed to be a mixtape that I was going to sell in the ‘hood. I recorded it on a Tascam four-track. I did all the over-dubs, all the blending, and mixed it down on one of those Maxwell metal tapes they used to sell. But along comes Dave from Profile Records looking for me like, ‘Hey dude, I heard your cassette, man. Come sign with us.’ [laughs] There was a bidding war between Fred Munao at Select Records and Cory Robbins and Profile. Cory ultimately ended up beating Fred out and I signed with Profile.[1]

Recording[edit]

You're taking this from the man that wrote the synthesizer part to the song that I did released and fucking in 1991, called "Tonite", that's him!

Blake, David (April 5, 2010). DJ Quik X EatUmUP Video X The Gooneez. Interview with The Real Richie Rich. RICHWORLD TV on YouTube. Los Angeles. 

In an interview Quik revealed, that Profile Records gave him a $30,000 budget to mix the record over. Hey revealed that if you do the math: a $1000 a-day studio…if we get Quik is the Name done in less than a month, that’s more money in my pocket. So we got it done in 17 days. We dumped everything out of the SP-1200, brought the turntables into the studio, scratched all the hooks, did all the overdubs and brought in a bass guitar player to fatten up the sound because we would lose a lot of the bass from sampling. We recorded some of the album at Westlake Recording Studios in Santa Monica, which is where Michael Jackson did Thriller. It was a trip being in there mixing ‘Tonite’ on those big boards knowing that Michael was coming in and out of there.[1] The "Tonite" synth was programmed by LA Dream Team's former member and producer, The Real Richie Rich.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Born and Raised In Compton", was released on December 6, 1990. It peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and spent 14 weeks on the chart.[5] The album's second single, "Tonite" was released on June 10, 1991. It peaked at number 49 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 3 on the US Rap Songs chart.[5] The song became his most successful and highest charting single to date.[6] The album's third and final single, "Quik Is the Name", was released on November 11, 1991. The single did not manage to chart.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (dud) link
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
RapReviews.com 8/10 stars link

Quik Is the Name received rave reviews from contemporary music critics. Alex Henning of Rhapsody wrote that "Quik's debut set the groundwork for the G-funk era, largely due to the success of "Tonite." Much like Warren G, Quik focuses less on violence and more on mind-altering substances, ladies and cold chillin'. The optimistic "Born and Raised In Compton" offers a remedy to the hard life in the ghetto.[7] Alex Henderson of Allmusic rated the album with 4/5 stars and wrote "in 1991 begged the question: does rap really need yet another gangsta rapper? Indeed, by that time, rap had become saturated with numerous soundalike gangsta rappers -- most of whom weren't even a fraction as interesting as such pioneers of the style as Ice-T, N.W.A, and Schoolly D. Nonetheless, rapper/producer Quik turned out to be more noteworthy than most of the gangsta rappers who debuted that year. Lyrically, the former gang member (who grew up in the same L.A. ghetto as N.W.A, Compton) doesn't provide any major insights. His sex/malt liquor/gang-banging imagery was hardly groundbreaking in 1991. But his hooks, beats, and grooves (many of which owe a debt to 1970s soul and funk) are likeable enough.[8]

Accolades[edit]

Quik Is the Name appeared on several critics' top albums lists. In 1998, the album was listed on The Source's list of the 100 greatest Rap albums of all time list.[9] The album was listed at number 28 of "The 50 Greatest Debut Albums in Hip-Hop History" by Complex.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Sweet Black Pussy"   David Blake DJ Quik 4:20
2. "Tonite"   Blake, Charlotte Caffey, Peter Case, Jane Wiedlin DJ Quik 5:23
3. "Born and Raised In Compton"   Blake DJ Quik 3:25
4. "Deep" (featuring 2nd II None & AMG) Blake, Darius Barnett, Justin Hayward, AMG, Kai McDonald DJ Quik 3:42
5. "Tha Bombudd"   Blake DJ Quik 3:47
6. "Dedication"   Blake, Barnett, McDonald, Bruce Springsteen DJ Quik 1:30
7. "Quik Is the Name"   Blake DJ Quik 2:46
8. "Loked Out Hood"   Blake DJ Quik 2:50
9. "8 Ball"   Blake DJ Quik, Courtney Branch (add.), Tracy Kendrick (add.) 3:30
10. "Quik's Groove"   Blake DJ Quik 1:50
11. "Tear It Off" (featuring AMG) Blake, Lewis DJ Quik 3:46
12. "I Got That Feelin'"   Blake DJ Quik 3:38
13. "Skanless" (featuring AMG, Hi-C & 2nd II None) Blake, Barnett, Lewis, McDonald, Crawford Wilkerson DJ Quik 2:54

 • (add.) Additional production

Sample credits
  • "Sweet Black Pussy" contains a sample of "The Incredible Fulk" by Blowfly.
  • "Tonite" contains a sample of "Tonight" by Kleeer and "Tonight Is The Night" by Betty Wright.
  • "Born and Raised in Compton" contains samples of "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" performed by Isaac Hayes, "Hardcore Jollies" performed by Funkadelic, "She's Not Just Another Woman" performed by 8th Day, and "Compton's N the House" performed by N.W.A.
  • "Deep" contains samples of "Between Two Sheets & "Four Play" performed by Fred Wesley & the Horny Horns.
  • "Quik is the Name" contains a sample of "I Just Want to Be" performed by Cameo.
  • "Loked Out Hood" contains samples of "Do You Like It" performed by B.T. Express and "Pumpin' It Up" performed by P-Funk All Stars.
  • "8 Ball" contains a sample of "Chameleon" performed by Herbie Hancock.
  • "Quik's Groove" contains a sample of "Without Love" performed by Peter Brown.
  • "Tear It Off" contains samples of "Once You Got It" performed by B.T. Express, "You Got to Have A Mother for Me" performed by James Brown, and "Husbands And Whores" performed by LaWanda Page.
  • "I Got That Feelin'" contains a sample of "A Feeling Is..." performed by Emotions.
  • "Skanless" contains a sample of "That's Enough for Me" performed by Patti Austin.

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Quik Is the Name adapted from Allmusic.[11]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[12] 29
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
US Billboard 200[13] 64
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]