Safe + Sound

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Safe + Sound
Studio album by DJ Quik
Released February 21, 1995 (US)
Recorded 1993-1994
Skip Sailor Recordings
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre West Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap, G-funk
Length 67:28
Label Profile
Producer Suge Knight (exec.), DJ Quik, G-One, Robert Bacon
DJ Quik chronology
Way 2 Fonky
(1992)
Safe + Sound
(1995)
Rhythm-al-ism
(1998)
Singles from Safe + Sound
  1. "Safe + Sound"
    Released: January 7, 1995
  2. "Dollaz + Sense"
    Released: May 31, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
RapReviews.com (8.5/10)[2]
The Source 4/5 stars[3]
Vibe (favorable)[4]

Safe + Sound is the third album by rapper/producer DJ Quik. It was released on February 21, 1995 on Profile Records. It peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200 on March 11, 1995, number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart the same date, and was certified gold by the RIAA on July 11, 1995. The album was executive produced by Suge Knight. The album featured the singles "Dollaz & Sense" and "Safe + Sound". Safe + Sound is also seen by fans and critics as a Hip Hop classic and some of DJ Quik's best work.

Composition[edit]

No, not the G-funk, but the P-funk, as the DJ proclaims in his intro, "Street Level Entrance," which accurately blends into a Quik-tempo bass line complemented by some really Quik scratches for "Get At Me." Musically, the Compton-born rapper's sound is unique and better associated with artists like Erick Sermon (the East Coast's Funk Lord) than CMW (Compton's Most Wanted). "Somethin' 4 Tha Mood" keeps the setting calm, letting Quik's laid back vocals easily ride over the smooth piano groove. Expanding the classification of his genre from just hardcore kicks and snares, DJ Quik delivers an instrumental track with "Quik's Groove III." With the title track, Quik takes you back to describe how he manages to stay "Safe + Sound" by getting paid. And among the songs which deal with the topic of women, "Diggin' U Out" and "Itz Your Fantasy" show that the subject matter can be overlooked if the tune outweighs it.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Street Level Entrance"   David Blake DJ Quik 1:52
2. "Get at Me"   Larry Blackmon, Blake, Byron Byrd DJ Quik 4:07
3. "Diggin U Out"   Blake DJ Quik 4:48
4. "Safe + Sound"   George Archie, Blake DJ Quik, G-One (co.) 4:48
5. "Somethin' 4 Tha Mood"   Archie, Blake, George Clinton, Jr. DJ Quik, G-One (co.) 5:55
6. "Don't You Eat It!"   Blake DJ Quik 1:07
7. "Can I Eat It?"   Archie, Blake DJ Quik 4:59
8. "It'z Your Fantasy"   Archie, Blake DJ Quik, G-One (co.) 4:22
9. "Tha Ho In You" (featuring Hi-C & 2nd II None) Archie, Darius Barnett, Blake, Kelton L. McDonald, Crawford Wilkerson DJ Quik 4:44
10. "Dollaz + Sense"   Blake DJ Quik 5:52
11. "Let You Havit"   Blake DJ Quik 3:40
12. "Summer Breeze"   Blake, Jerome Louis "J.J." Jackson DJ Quik, Courtney Branch, Tracy Kendrick (co.) 4:33
13. "Quik's Groove III"   Archie, Robert Bacon, Blake DJ Quik, Robert Bacon, G-One (co.) 2:37
14. "Sucka Free"   Blake DJ Quik 2:10
15. "Keep Tha "P" In It" (featuring Playa Hamm, Hi-C, 2nd II None & Kam) Barnett, Blake, McDonald, Craig Miller, Wilkerson DJ Quik 5:24
16. "Hooray 4 Tha Funk (Reprise)"   Blake, Garry Shider DJ Quik 5:24
Total length:
63.21

 • (co.) Co-producer

Sample credits
  • "Get at Me" Contain a sample of "Rigor Mortis" by Cameo, "Conscience" by Sun
  • "Diggin' U Out" Contain a sample of "I Get Lifted" by George McCrae
  • "Safe + Sound" Contain a sample of "Strawberry Letter 23" by The Brothers Johnson, "I Wanna Be Your Lover" by Prince
  • "Can I Eat It" Contain a sample of "Don't Fight the Feeling" by One Way
  • "Itz Your Fantasy" Contain a sample of "California My Way" by The Main Ingredient
  • "Dollaz + Sense" Contain a sample of "I Like (What You're Doing to Me)" by Young & Company
  • "Let You Havit" Contain a sample of "Long Stroke" by ADC Band
  • "Summer Breeze" Contain a sample of "You Like Me Don't You" by Jermaine Jackson
  • "Sucka Free" Contain a sample of "Shack Up" by Banbarra
  • "Keep Tha P in It" Contain a sample of "Do It, Fluid" by The Blackbyrds, "Colour Me Funky" by Parliament
  • "Hoorah 4 Tha Funk" Contain a sample of "Atomic Dog" by George Clinton
  • "Tanqueray" Contain a sample of "Get Up to Get Down" by Brass Construction, "Bustin' Out (On Funk)" by Rick James

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Safe + Sound adapted from Allmusic.[6]

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
My Life by Mary J. Blige
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums number-one album
March 11, 1995 – March 25, 1995
Succeeded by
My Life by Mary J. Blige

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

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

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