Way 2 Fonky

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Way 2 Fonky
Studio album by DJ Quik
Released July 20, 1992
Recorded 1991-1992
Genre Hip hop, funk
Length 42:41
Label Profile
Producer Courtney Branch (exec.), DJ Quik (also exec.), Tracy Kendrick (exec.)
DJ Quik chronology
Quik Is the Name
(1991)
Way 2 Fonky
(1992)
Safe + Sound
(1995)
Singles from Way 2 Fonky
  1. "Jus Lyke Compton"
    Released: May 29, 1992
  2. "Way 2 Fonky"
    Released: August 28, 1992

Way 2 Fonky is the second studio album by American hip hop artist and producer DJ Quik; released by Profile Records on July 20, 1992.[1] Recording sessions for the album took place during 1991 and 1992. Production was handled by DJ Quik and was executive produced Courtney Branch and Tracy Kendrick.

The album debuted at number ten on the US Billboard 200 chart on August 8, 1992, selling 120,000 copies in its first week in the United States.[2] The album was certified Gold three months after its release on October 9, 1992.[3]

Background[edit]

DJ Quik was beefing with rapper Tim Dog during this time who dissed him on three tracks "Fuck Compton", "Step To Me",and "DJ Quik Beat Down (Skit)" on his album Penicillin on Wax. He responded to Tim Dog with disses on "Way 2 Fonky" and "Tha Last Word". He was also beefing with MC Eiht who the two had already been beefing for a few years at the time.[4]

Singles[edit]

Two singles from the album were released; "Way 2 Fonky" a response to Tim Dog's West Coast diss "Fuck Compton", and "Jus Lyke Compton".

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (B) link
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars link
RapReviews.com 8/10 stars link
The Source 4/5 stars link

Way 2 Fonky received generally positive reviews from music critics. Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "Way 2 Fonky" is a great-sounding rap record, with a giant, Jeep-worthy bottom and high, articulated, almost reggae-inflected rhyming. His lyrics celebrate the fun side of the mythical Compton experience where N.W.A.'s dwell on what could go wrong; his sleek, '70s-soul-style grooves, which he produces himself, swing, well . . . way fonky. And though he's easily as obscene as any of his peers, he seems actually to like women.[5] Havelock Nelson of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Unlike those other rap quasars from Compton, N.W.A, DJ Quik doesn't just give us frightening images from Black Cali alleys. This near-platinum poet may involve himself in verbal gunplay and narrate a few violent street adventures, but on his sophomore set Quik is more concerned with getting paid and laid than with gang wars and bloodbaths. As he declares in "America'z Most Complete Artist," I don't go toe to toe, I go ho to ho. Quik's nasty, but he's no fool; he practices safe sex, 'cause HIV don't give a f--- about me. He's even willing to experiment musically and lyrically. Witness the sexually playful reggae track "Me Wanna Rip Your Girl," where he adopts a Jafakean (fake Jamaican) accent. On the album's other tracks, he throws his thin yet effective countrified voice against sampled grooves that for the most part bounce and shake like hard-core Jell-O.[6] Ron Wynn of Allmusic wrote that DJ Quik proved his mettle with "Jus Lyke Compton," a definitive bit of regional touting that proclaimed West Coast rap the style-setter and all others followers. Whether or not you bought the line, you were hooked by the rap. Nothing else on the disc matched this single's intensity and wit, but it helped him earn a second straight gold LP.[7]

Accolades[edit]

Chris Rock ranked "Way 2 Fonky" twenty-fourth on a 2005 list for Rolling Stone on the Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums of all time.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "America'z Most Complete Artist"   Andre Young, David Blake, George Clinton, Tracy Curry, Dunbar DJ Quik 3:30
2. "Mo' Pussy"   Blake, The Gap Band DJ Quik 3:40
3. "Way 2 Fonky"   Blake DJ Quik, Rob "Fonksta" Bacon (co.) 3:20
4. "Jus Lyke Compton"   Rob Bacon, Blake DJ Quik, Rob "Fonksta" Bacon (co.) 4:10
5. "Quik'z Groove II [For U 2 Rip 2]"   Blake DJ Quik 2:32
6. "Me Wanna Rip Ya Girl"   Blake DJ Quik 4:37
7. "When You're a Gee" (featuring Playa Hamm) Blake, Milo, Strong, Norman Whitfield DJ Quik 4:07
8. "No Bullshit" (featuring K.K.) Blake, Kai McDonald DJ Quik 1:56
9. "Only Fo' Tha Money" (featuring 2nd II None) Darius Barnett, Blake, McDonald, Reeves, Russell Simmons, Smith, Spicer DJ Quik 3:58
10. "Let Me Rip Tonite"   Barnett, Blake, Bonner, Jones, McDonald, Middlebrooks, Morrison, Napier, Noland, Pierce, Webster DJ Quik 4:16
11. "Niggaz Still Trippin'" (featuring 2nd II None, AMG, Hi-C & JFN) Barnett, Blake, Davis, Johnson, Jason Lewis, McClein, Najar, Peters, Phillips, Smith, Spri, Crawford Wilkerson DJ Quik 4:07
12. "Tha Last Word"   Blake DJ Quik 2:28

 • (co.) Co-producer

Sample credits
  • "America'z Most Complete Artist" contains samples of "N.T." by Kool & the Gang, "Remember the Children" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "The Big Bang Theory" performed by Parliament, and "No One Can Do It Better" by The D.O.C..
  • "Mo' Pussy" contains samples of "Shake" and "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops)" by The Gap Band.
  • "Way 2 Fonky" contains a sample of "More Bounce to the Ounce" by Zapp.
  • "Jus Lyke Compton" contains samples of "Hook and Sling" performed by Eddie Bo, and "Wino Dealing With Dracula" performed by Richard Pryor.
  • "Quik'z Groove II [For U 2 Rip 2]" contains samples of "Africano" performed by Earth, Wind & Fire, and "Explain It to Her Mama" performed by Temprees.
  • "When You're a Gee" contains samples of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" performed by Roger Troutman, and "UFO" performed by Richard Pryor.
  • "Niggaz Still Trippin'" contains samples of "Movin'" performed by Brass Construction, "Let's Dance" performed by Pleasure, "You Can Make It If You Try" performed by Sly & The Family Stone, and "Ffun" performed by Con Funk Shun.

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Way 2 Fonky adapted from Allmusic.[10]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 10
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[12] 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[13] 64

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[14] 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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