DJ Quik Goes Out Classic-Cruising To His Own Trunk-Rattling Production (Video)
DJ Quik’s 2014 album, The Midnight Life packed an incredible punch, from a production standpoint. The G-Funk (or P-Funk) innovator shifted styles once more, to not only show his influence upon guys like DJ Mustard and Terrace Martin, but to evolve into raw instrumentation. “Puffin’ The Dragon” is anything but a break-away smoker’s cut. Instead, it’s stream-of-consciousness raps served properly, on one of the thickest (and most orchestral) basslines David Blake has ever concocted, in his 25-plus-year career.
For the visual, the onetime Profile Records star-turned-independent mainstay goes cruisin’ in his late ’60s Cadillac. The ride is a tad strand-induced, with exhales and raver dancers, but the attention focuses itself on one of the album standouts: