AFH Ambrosia for Heads


Start Your Weekend with Dr. Dre, DJ Quik & More with 3 Volumes of a G-Funk Anthology (Audio)

It's Friday, and a newly released series of G-Funk mixes has got your weekend listening pleasure all sorted out. The first three of a ten-volume G-Funk anthology have been released, featuring works from DJ Quik, Tupac, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Mc Eiht, and dozens more artists who contributed to... Read more

DJ Quik Truly Is Unsung. Watch An Incredibly In-Depth Look At His Career (Video)

From his reportedly uncredited assistance with Dr. Dre in the 2000s to his days on Death Row Records working under his government pseudonym (David Blake), DJ Quik epitomizes "unsung." For the television series "Unsung," the Compton, California star MC/producer/DJ is chronicled. Quik's days of underground tapes, assisting other would-be sensations... Read more

DJ Quik & Hi-C Remix Rihanna With A Flair For The Early 1990s (Audio)

Rapper/producer DJ Quik released his own remix of Rihanna's latest single with longtime friend and collaborator Hi-C. The two West Coast natives are remembered for being part of the movement of the same name for Rihanna's most recent record. Quik and C are now back together to do a little... Read more

Ever See This Kurupt Freestyle With DJ Quik Beatboxing in a Tuxedo? (Video)

Back in 2009, two of the West Coast's OGs teamed up for a collaborative album. DJ Quik and Kurupt's BlaQKout featured both MCs on the mic and Quik holding it down on the boards with his patented G-Funk. Here's a look back at a behind the scenes moment of the... Read more

Do Remember: Talib Kweli & DJ Quik’s Put It In The Air (Audio)

Few artists have the excitement leading into their solo debut as Talib Kweli, especially by 2000s standards. Entering Quality, the Brooklyn, New York MC had already found success with two groups, Black Star and Reflection Eternal. Both acts, duos with Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek, respectively, had been met with... Read more

From DJ Quik’s Late Protege Mausberg To Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar’s Butterfly Samples Plenty (Mix)

Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly continues resonating with Heads, many of whom are still giving the just-released album a first listen. Overall, the reaction appears extremely favorable to the body of work from the Compton, California MC who in 24 hours, broke Spotify's all-time per diem stream record. With... Read more

DJ Quik Talks Nate Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, Eazy-E and More (Video)

DJ Quik is one of the best interviewees out right now. The same day Kendrick Lamar's early-bird release of To Pimp A Butterfly is drawing some Quik comparisons, Montreality released the interview with the Compton, California musical O.G. In this interview, Quik speaks on some highly topical issues, including T.P.A.B.,... Read more

DJ Quik’s Safe + Sound Still Has Groundbreaking Funk 20 Years Later (Food For Thought)

Beginning his musical career on the mixtape circuit in Compton, California, DJ Quik has gone on to become the most expansive signee to Profile Records. In the 25 years since, he has spent time as an “R&B pretty boy,” the creator of a  Top 10 album, an independent distributor, and... Read more

DJ Quik Admits Losing Passion In Music-Making Since Tupac & Notorious B.I.G. Deaths (Audio)

DJ Quik is the latest guest for NPR Hip-Hop's Microphone Check interview series. In a week that's brought tragedy and suspicion to former members of Quik's circle, the iconic producer/DJ/MC opens up, with NPR's Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) and Frannie Kelley. The interview is as in-depth as... Read more

AFH:14 Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2014 (Food For Thought)

2014 was a special year in Hip-Hop music. Rather than a usual suspect front-running in spotlight, this was a democratic crop of albums—where new artists made cohesive introductory works, veterans advanced their skillsets and redefined their reputations, and underground MCs challenged the mainstream. There were artists who released multiple works,... Read more

YG Bangs On Wax With DJ Quik, Mack 10 & Tha Relativez’ Big Wy (Audio)

YG's My Krazy Life, in many ways, feels like a mid-1990s Gangsta Rap album. The CTE/Def Jam Records experience (which YG felt was Grammy-snubbed), combines strong Compton neighborhood talk with storytelling, sex-centric tracks, and honest revelations of an early twenty-something just trying to live. "Bicken Back Bein Bool" is one... Read more

DJ Quik, Suga Free & Dom Kennedy Hit The Seas For Their New Splash (Video)

From the recently-released Midnight Life, DJ Quik's "Life Jacket" is one of the smoother offerings. Joined by 20-year affiliate Suga Free, as well as one of the artists the Compton, California mainstay has inspired, Dom Kennedy, the trio take to the waters with some female company for the independent single.... Read more

DJ Quik Laces Bishop Lamont With a Hypnotic Track That’s So Addictive (Audio)

One of DJ Quik's most radical and enduring tracks was "Addictive" by Truth Hurts. It caught your attention with the mystical chanting in the beginning and, once the rolling drums commenced, it was wrap. The iconic producer/MC returns to that drum pattern on Bishop Lamont's aptly-titled "Hypnotize You." The meditative... Read more

DJ Quik Discusses His Extensive History, Details Origins Of MC Eiht Beef (Audio)

DJ Quik is on the media circuit once again. David Blake swung through New York City, appearing on Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds' Juan Epstein podcast. Working chronologically (beginning from 28:00), Quik goes from his days of slanging tapes that covered the left side of the Mississippi River, into Quik... Read more

Finding The GOAT: DJ Quik vs. Too Short…Who You Got?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more

Can’t Wait to Hear DJ Quik’s New Album? Here’s the Full Stream (Audio)

DJ Quik's album The Midnight Life will be in stores on 10/14. The album, Quik's 9th solo, is full of the rich Funk and Soul his fans have come to love over the last couple of decades. And, with features from El Debarge, Suga Free, Dom Kennedy, Mack 10, Joi... Read more

DJ Quik Says He “Masterminded” 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me Album (Video)

The West Coast OG DJ Quik sat down with Sway for one of Quik's longest interviews in recent memory. Quik touched on a host of topics including the first time he met Suge Knight, his history with Death Row Records (including witnessing some of the infamous beatdowns of artists), why... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop to Drop in September 2014 (Audio)

As we ease into October, here's a look back at some of the amazing music that came out in September 2014. You'll hear songs from DJ Quik, Nas, The Lox, Schoolboy Q, Common, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Childish Gambino, Raekwon, Logic, Rapsody, Yelawolf, Diamond D, Elzhi, Talib Kweli, Nature, Rick... Read more

DJ Quik Shows Where Gangsta Rap Lives in the Visuals for Pet Semetary (Video)

Yesterday, DJ Quik released one of his funkiest concoctions in years. "Pet Semetary" finds Quik in top-notch producer form as he unleashes live drums, horns and keys over a monster beat. Quik also proclaimed Gangsta Rap and R&B are far from dead and today he shows they're alive and well... Read more

Redman Does His Take On An Old DJ Quik Joint, And It Slaps! (Video)

Redman's mentor, Erick Sermon has long been a DJ Quik fan and collaborator. So Reggie Noble nods to David Blake, and borrows his "Pacific Coast Remix" track from 2005 Trauma, and slides so nicely into that Gangsta Funk. It's cool that Red' went into the bag and hopped on a... Read more

DJ Quik Releases 1 of His Best Tracks in Years. G-Funk Lives at the Pet Sematary (Audio)

From his Bangin' On Wax tapes beginnings to the Death Row Records years to his Twitter account, DJ Quik doesn't hold back. The Compton, California triple-threat loves to pop his collar and pop a little talk. "Pet Sematary" is the latest vehicle. Built around some jazzy G-Funk, with some live... Read more

Fashawn and Dom Kennedy Deliver Some New G-Funk on Golden State of Mind (Audio)

As if to reinforce DJ Quik's assertion that G-Funk is alive and well, Fashawn and Dom Kennedy stand up and deliver some new age Cali Funk. In a North/South left coast collaboration, the two MCs release "Golden State of Mind." Check it out. Related: Fashawn & Exile Bring Out The... Read more

DJ Quik Releases a New Song with Suga Free & Dom Kennedy. Get Your Life Jacket (Audio)

DJ Quik's latest release from his upcoming new album The Midnight Life pairs two West Coast G's, old and new. Quik's longtime musical partner Suga Free and Dom Kennedy join him on "Life Jacket." It's a soulful joint with some KNOCK to it. Press play and feel the funk. Related:... Read more

DJ Quik’s New LP Is Inspired By Late Nights, Brings His Homies Old & New To The Party (Audio)

In the onslaught of album announces, DJ Quik jumped in the ring. The Compton Hip-Hop legend let it be known today (September 17) that his ninth album will be called The Midnight Life. The album, planned for October 14 Mad Science Records release, includes some longtime Quik homies such as... Read more

Bishop Lamont Invites DJ Quik & Quik’s Son To His Party (Audio)

Bishop Lamont's The Reformation is coming. The album—thee album, a first studio effort from the Carson, California MC once billed as a Dr. Dre protege. For "B-I-T-C-H," the MC who was reportedly managed by Dame Dash for a brief stint in the 2000s links with another Compton, Cali super-producer. DJ... Read more

Problem & Childish Gambino Freestyle Over Quik’s CPT Classic (Audio)

Problem joins Kendrick Lamar, YG and YG Hootie in keeping Compton's Hip-Hop legacy strong in the 2010s. Early in his career, Prob' got some prime, multi-track real estate on DJ Quik & Kurupt's 2009 BlaQKout album. Now perceived protege hops on a David Blake classic released on Murder Was The... Read more

This Week in Video Brought New Redman & Method Man, DJ Quik, 1996 Kanye and More (Video Playlist)

This was a big week in Hip-Hop video, bringing new music from Method Man & Redman and DJ Quik, a bombastic lyric video from Busta Rhymes & Eminem, Nas' video for "Represent" 20 years later, a provocative video from Hopsin, footage of 19-year old Kanye freestyling, a preview of Aaron... Read more

DJ Quik Performs a Brand New Song On Skee Live (Video)

DJ Quik made an appearance on Skee Live and performed a brand new song. The song is a departure from his G-Funk roots and features a prominent rock guitar. Quik performed the high energy cut with a full band. Check out "That Ni**az Crazy." What do you think of this... Read more

New DJ Quik, Cam’ron, Talib Kweli, ONYX, The Roots…Here’s The Week in Hip-Hop Video (Video Playlist)

This week in Hip-Hop video brought new music videos from DJ Quik, The Roots, Cam'ron, Talib Kweli & Raekwon, unbelievable freestyles from Black Thought and Prevail, a stylized faux trailer from Jay Z & Beyonce and more. See it all in the video playlist below. Related: Last Week in Hip-Hop... Read more

Take a Trip Back to the G-Funk Era With This Video Playlist (Video)

Here's a video playlist to transport you back to the G-Funk era. You'll see vintage clips from Dr. Dre, Snoop, Tha Dogg Pound, Warren G, 2Pac, Spice 1, The Luniz, DJ Quik and more. Check it out. Related: Here’s a playlist celebrating the 21+ year career of the legendary DJ... Read more

DJ Quik Makes A New Style Of Beats With Bishop Lamont On The Mic (Video)

Just over six months after DJ Quik threatened to hang up his production talents following two stolen MPCs, the Compton veteran is back in the saddle. "Trapped On The Track" perhaps explains why the longtime Profile Records star who worked closely with 2Pac, Eazy-E, and Hi-C is unable to fully... Read more

What Are Some Of The Records That Mean The Most To E-40?

Last week, Pitchfork ran their 5-10-15-20... series with Vallejo, California star E-40. The innovative concept feature looks at the records that shaped an artist through their own upbringing. Earl went in-depth about some of his choices, which included the Reverend Al Green, Miguel, and Stevie Wonder. In addition to three... Read more

The “Ultimate” Exit That Was Jay Z’s Black Album (Food For Thought)

Hip-Hop celebrates a grand entrance. Since the days of receiving Bad Boy Records promo-packs of The Notorious B.I.G. & Craig Mack in a McDonald’s "Big Mac" container, the dog-and-pony show known as the music industry has embraced the infinite possibilities of the new over the challenges of re-purposing the old.... Read more

DJ Quik Calls Production Quits?

Moments ago, DJ Quik announced that he's selling his drum machines and production equipment. The Compton icon has produced for 2Pac, Jay Z, Hi-C, Suga Free, Penthouse Players Clique, AMG, 2nd II None, Mausberg, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Debarge, Raphael Saadiq, and a host of others. It's official. I'm selling all... Read more

AFH: The Week in Video (10/6/13) (Video Playlist)

The week in video brought a sneak peek of Kendrick Lamar's controversial Cypher verse, an in-depth interview with Astro, DJ Quik decoding Justify My Thug, footage of Rakim and DMX recording their new song, music videos from Pusha T, Young Buck, Ka, Wale, Organized Konfusion and more. Catch up on... Read more

DJ Quik Decodes Jay Z’s Justify My Thug (Video)

Back in 2003, when the production was announced for Jay Z's The Black Album, there were two big curiosities: 9th Wonder and DJ Quik. While DJ Premier, Ski Beatz, and Irv Gotti were notably absent from what was billed as Jay's curtain-call album, he helped get Little Brother's co-founder the... Read more

Buddy – You Good ft DJ Quik & Suga Free

DJ Quik and Suga Free maintain a longtime collaborative history. One has to love how these two are on-again, off-again, musically and professionally. Heads always want to see Suga and Quik together, 'cause the music is a force like no other. The Pomona pimp and the Compton conductor link up... Read more

DJ Quik – Life Jacket (Video)

New music from DJ Quik? I'll take it. Check out the video for Life Jacket. Related: DJ Quik interview with Bootleg Kev (Video)... Read more

DJ Quik interview with Bootleg Kev (Video)

DJ Quik sits down and talks with Bootleg Kev about being underrated as a producer, working on new projects, his producers he admires, his favorite beat he ever produced, when he'll drop a new album and much more. Check out the video. Related: The Making of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop... Read more

The Making of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards West Coast Cypher (Video)

The West Coast Cypher featuring Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, E-40, Kurupt, YG, Xzibit and DJ Quik was definitely one of the best of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Here's a behind the scenes look at the making of the cypher, that includes interviews with Snoop, E-40, Quik and DJ Premier. Check... Read more

Check out all of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers featuring DJ Quik, DMX, Mystikal, Eve, Childish Gambino, Ab-Soul, Xzibit, Kendrick Lamar and more below (Video)

There were some strong verses from OGs and young guns in this year’s Cyphers. Below are all the Cyphers, including verses from DMX, Eve, Jean Grae, Ab-Soul, Talib Kweli, Childish Gambino, Driicky Graham, Schoolboy Q, Mystikal, Snoop, DJ Quik, E-40, Kurupt, Xzibit and Kendrick Lamar, starting with the West Coast... Read more

Behind the Scenes with DJ Quik at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers (Video)

DJ Quik talks about the origins of Cyphers, the difference between MCs and rappers and more behind the scenes at the BET Hip Hop Awards West Coast Cypher. Check out the video. Related: Sneak peek of the West Coast and Ruff Ryders Cyphers (Video)... Read more

2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Previews (Video)

The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards tape tomorrow in Atlanta and air on Tuesday, 10/9. As the show draws closer a couple of Cypher previews have surfaced. First up, is a West Coast cypher featuring Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, E-40, Kurupt, Xzibit and YG. Next is a Ruff Ryders cypher preview... Read more

DJ Quik & Kurupt – The Demon’s Carol

DJ Quik and Kurupt unite on a super grimy track. Check out The Demon's Carol. Related: Mystikal & DJ Quik in the studio (Video)... Read more

Mystikal & DJ Quik in the studio (Video)

Last week Mannie Fresh & Yasiin Bey dropped a video documenting their unexpected yet dope collabo. This week? It's Mystikal and DJ Quik's turn. Check out this behind the scenes video of them in the studio working on what sounds like it could be something special. Related: Here’s a playlist... Read more

DJ Quik performs at Rock the Bells 2012 (Video)

DJ Quik performed at Rock The Bells for the first time ever tonight. If you missed it, you can watch his entire set below. Related: A playlist celebrating the 20+ year career of DJ Quik (Audio)... Read more

Rock The Bells 2012 Live Stream (Video)

Day 2 of Rock the Bells is taking place right now in California. Here's a live stream of the event. Today's acts include Big Daddy Kane (2:15 PST), DJ Quik (4pm PST), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (6:30 PST), E-40 & Too Short (7:20 PST), Ice Cube (8:40 PST) and Nas (9:30 PST).... Read more

Here’s a playlist celebrating the 21+ year career of the legendary DJ Quik (Audio)

DJ Quik is in the muthaf*ckin house! And, he's been here for more than 21 years dropping joint after joint after joint. People often forget there's more than 1 legendary producer/MC from Compton. Not today. DJ Quik is the latest legend we pay tribute to in our Living Legends series.... Read more

DJ Quik speaks on joining the 2012 Rock the Bells tour (Video)

DJ Quik is part of Rock the Bells this year for the first time ever. Check out what he had to say about that, working with Murs, growing as an artist and more below. Related: DJ Quik mini-documentary (Video)... Read more

DJ Quik & Bone Thugs-N-Harmony perform at the Rock the Bells 2012 Launch Party (Video)

Here's some dope footage of DJ Quik and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony performing at the Rock the Bells 2012 Launch Party. Quik performs Tonight and Bone does Foe Tha Love of $. Check out the video below. Related: DJ Quik mini-documentary (Video)... Read more