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Studio album by DJ Quik
Released November 24, 1998 (1998-11-24) (US)
Recorded 1997-1998
Skip Sailor Recordings
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Hip hop, R&B, funk, Jazz
Length 70:10
Label Arista
Producer DJ Quik (also exec.), G-One, Sheppard Lane (exec.)
DJ Quik chronology
Safe + Sound
(1995)Safe + Sound1995
Balance & Options
(2000)Balance & Options2000
Singles from Rhythm-al-ism
  1. "You'z a Ganxta"
    Released: July 14, 1998
  2. "Hand In Hand"
    Released: September 29, 1998
  3. "Down, Down, Down"
    Released: December 22, 1998

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[edit]

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".[1]

The cover art and some aspects of the album were inspired by L.A. rock band the Doors, confirmed by Quik himself via Instagram.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[3]
The Source 4/5 stars[4]
RapReviews.com 9/10 stars[5]
USA Today 3/4 stars[6]

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.[7] Los Angeles Times gave the album 3 stars.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

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.[9] The album was certified Gold on July 27, 1999 by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
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
Total length: 70:10

 • (co.) Co-producer

Sample credits


Credits for Rhythm-al-ism adapted from liner notes.[10]



Song Chart (1998–99) Peak
"You'z a Ganxta" US Billboard Hot R&B Airplay[13] 66
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[14] 59
"Hand in Hand" US Billboard Hot R&B Airplay[15] 54
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[16] 66
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[17] 38
"Down, Down, Down" US Billboard Hot R&B Airplay[18] 51
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[19] 59


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 500,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United States[21] November 10, 1998 Arista Records CD, Cassette, LP
Canada[22] November 23, 1998 Arista Records CD, Cassette
United Kingdom[23] November 24, 1998 Arista Records CD, Cassette