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Music, All Shook Down DJ Quik's Diva-Like Behavior

DJ Quik's Diva-Like Behavior

Is "Amerika's Most Complete Artist" also a complete diva? Last night's Ruby Skye show --featuring Quik, Kurupt, the Kev Choice Ensemble, and Trackademicks--was, from the look of things, a wholly entertaining concert, featuring not one but two live bands,…
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Music, BeatBox DJ Quik and Kurupt

DJ Quik and Kurupt

DJ Quik and Kurupt are longtime friends who first met during the recording of Dr. Dre's groundbreaking 1992 album, The Chronic. They've occasionally worked together over the years, but have only recently formed a solid musical partnership. Their first collaborative…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Matt Africa Posts Free DJ Quik Mix

DJ Matt Africa Posts Free DJ Quik Mix

DJ Matt Africa has just posted a free downloadable tribute to "Amerika's Most Complete Artist," DJ Quik. The mix is here, and accompanying "liner notes" can be found on Africa's blog, I Wish You Would.  It's always interesting to…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Quik and Kurupt Announce New Album, SF Show

DJ Quik and Kurupt Announce New Album, SF Show

DJ Quik and Kurupt have announced a San Francisco date--June 11 at Ruby Skye--for their official record release for their new collaboration, Blaqkout. The record is said to be Quik's most creative, cutting-edge release to date, and the two…
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Music, BeatBox UK hip hop passes the mic

UK hip hop passes the mic

The War of 1812 obviously settled nothing, judging by the intrusion of the Brits upon America's hallowed grounds of hip hop. The thing is, something special is simmering in rap music across the pond: the garage- and dance hall-influenced beats,…
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Music, Reviewed Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

It's strange to think of Quality as a coming-out party for Talib Kweli, since an artist as respected as Kweli shouldn't need one. In the late '90s the thoughtful MC (whose name combines Arabic and Ghanaian to mean "seeker of…
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