|Studio album by DJ Quik|
|Released||November 24, 1998US)(|
Skip Sailor Recordings
(Los Angeles, California)
|Genre||Hip hop, R&B, funk, Jazz|
|Producer||DJ Quik (also exec.), G-One, Sheppard Lane (exec.)|
|DJ Quik chronology|
|Singles from Rhythm-al-ism|
Rhythm-al-ism is the fourth studio album by American West Coast hip hop recording artist and producer DJ Quik, released on November 24, 1998, by Arista Records and was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 7, 1999. It peaked at number 63 on the US Billboard 200 chart. He recorded the album at Skip Sailor Recordings in Los Angeles, and worked with producer G-One. The album featured the singles "You'z a Ganxta", "Hand In Hand" featuring 2nd II None & El DeBarge, and "Down, Down, Down" featuring Suga Free, Mausberg (deceased) & AMG.
Background and recording
In an interview with Complex, DJ Quik spoke on the background and recording process of Rhythm-al-ism stating, “With the Rhythm-al-ism album, even though it didn't have a home because Profile Records was going through something and I was fighting them for back royalties and they had me on suspension because they didn't want to pay me. I understood, those were some big checks, I wouldn't want to pay DJ Quik either. "I think that's when I lost my rough edges, I lost the gangster and became like an R&B pretty boy. "The name Rhythm-al-ism alone tells you what I was doing. I was mixing up rhythms. I was meshing R&B with hip-hop and jazz. And a little bit of comedy".
The cover art and some aspects of the album were inspired by L.A. rock band the Doors, confirmed by Quik himself via Instagram.
|Los Angeles Times|||
Rhythm-al-ism received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics. At Allmusic rated the album at 2 and a half stars and wrote that Considering its guest list -- packed with enough star power (El DeBarge, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Peter Gunz, Hi-C, AMG, and 2nd II None) to fill a "Wrestlemania" card -- Rhythm-al-ism promises more than it actually delivers. Its cleverest moments ("Medley for a 'V' (The Pussy Medley)") address colloquialisms for genitalia and all the wonderful things it's good for. "Down, Down, Down," "I Useta Know Her," and "No Doubt" (rhymes with: "I got something for your mouth") are plain nasty. Just what rap needs: one more guy boasting about his majestic penis and how good he is at treating women like gutter trash. Los Angeles Times gave the album 3 stars.
The album debuted at number sixty three on the US Billboard 200 and spent 29 weeks on the chart. It also debuted at number thirteen on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts and spent 39 weeks on the chart as well. The album was certified Gold on July 27, 1999 by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies.
|1.||"Rhythm-al-ism (Intro)"||David Blake||DJ Quik||1:40|
|2.||"We Still Party"||Blake||DJ Quik||5:13|
|3.||"So Many Wayz" (featuring 2nd II None and Peter Gunz)||DJ Quik, G-One (co.)||5:41|
|4.||"Hand In Hand" (featuring 2nd II None & El DeBarge)||Barnett, Blake, Eldra Patrick DeBarge, McDonald||DJ Quik||4:18|
|5.||"Down, Down, Down" (featuring Suga Free, AMG & Mausberg)||Blake, Johnny Burns, Jason Lewis, Dejuan Walker||DJ Quik||4:43|
|6.||"You'z a Ganxta"||Blake||DJ Quik||4:21|
|7.||"I Useta Know Her" (featuring AMG)||Blake, Lewis||DJ Quik||3:50|
|8.||"No Doubt" (featuring Playa Hamm & Suga Free)||Blake, Wilbert Milo, Walker||DJ Quik||4:22|
|9.||"Speed"||Blake, Lewis, Maurice White, Verdine White||DJ Quik||3:20|
|10.||"Whateva U Do"||Archie, Blake, Smokey Robinson||DJ Quik, G-One (co.)||7:47|
|11.||"Thinkin' Bout U"||Blake||DJ Quik||4:04|
|12.||"El's Interlude" (featuring El DeBarge)||Blake, DeBarge||DJ Quik||4:06|
|13.||"Medley For A "V" (The Pussy Medley)" (featuring Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Hi-C, 2nd II None, AMG & El DeBarge)||Archie, Barnett, Blake, Calvin Broadus, DeBarge, Nathaniel Hale, Lewis, McDonald, Crawford Wilkerson||DJ Quik, G-One (co.)||6:26|
|14.||"Bombudd II"||Blake||DJ Quik||2:59|
|15.||"Get 2Getha Again" (featuring 2nd II None, AMG, Hi-C & El DeBarge)||Barnett, Blake, DeBarge, Lewis, McDonald, Wilkerson||DJ Quik||4:40|
|16.||"Reprise (Medley For A "V")"||Archie, Blake||DJ Quik, G-One (co.)||2:40|
• (co.) Co-producer
- Sample credits
- "We Still Party" contains samples of "Verb: That's What's Happening" by Zachary Sanders.
- "Speed" contains samples of "Mom" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Rapper Dapper Snapper" by Edwin Birdsong and "You and Love Are the Same" by The Grassroots.
- "Whateva U Do" contains a sample of "So In Love" by Smokey Robinson.
- "I Useta Know Her" contains a sample of "Flash Light (Extended)" by Parliament.
- "Down, Down, Down" contains a sample of "So Fine" by Howard Johnson.
- "You'z a Ganxta" contains a sample of "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang.
- "Get 2Getha Again" contains a sample of "Do It, Fluid" by The Blackbyrds.
Credits for Rhythm-al-ism adapted from liner notes.
|"You'z a Ganxta"||US Billboard Hot R&B Airplay||66|
|US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||59|
|"Hand in Hand"||US Billboard Hot R&B Airplay||54|
|US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||66|
|US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40||38|
|"Down, Down, Down"||US Billboard Hot R&B Airplay||51|
|US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||59|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|United States||November 10, 1998||Arista Records||CD, Cassette, LP|
|Canada||November 23, 1998||Arista Records||CD, Cassette|
|United Kingdom||November 24, 1998||Arista Records||CD, Cassette|
- AllMusic review
- Los Angeles Times review
- The Source review
- RapReviews.com review
- USA Today review
- "American album certifications – DJ Quik – Rhythm-al-ism". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH