DJ QUIK -
Review By: Incognito
1. Rhythm-al-ism (Intro) - "Ladies
and gentlemen, boys and girls, pimps, playas and women of the night, welcome
to the world of rhythmalism." Quik invites you to his realm of rhythmalism,
gettin the album started off on an upbeat note. The beat strikes a cord right
away, pretty unique and different from Quik's previous compositions. He drops
one fast verse and just let's the music cut in till the end...a short song.
Nothin special from Quik though. 3.5 out of 5.
2. We Still Party - This's what I'm talkin bout...dope Quik song. It's
straight up funk with some rock guitar flavor tacked on. Quik stands on the
mic alone, doin his thang an just "groovin off the spirituality". It's
basically a song sayin shit ain't changed, Quik's still partyin all day,
everyday. The production is tailored perfectly by the man himself, showin off
his god given ability. One of the best songs the album has to offer, Quik fans
will love it. 4.5 out of 5.
3. So Many Wayz - (featuring 2nd II None & Peter Gunz) - Compton homies 2nd II
None and Bronx rapper Peter Gunz (whatever happened his ass) come together for
a smooth track. Quik's right hand man on production at the time, G-One, is
alongside him on the beat. Peter Gunz is tight with his raps spittin over
their dope west coast instrumental. The song has a nice mellow hook to it
also, makin the track appealing. Another great song in my opinion...4.5 out of
4. Hand in Hand - (featuring 2nd II None & El DeBarge) - This was the first
single off the record leaning towards and r&b feel with El Debarge on the
hook. Quik takes a different approach here, goin soft on the beat...still
tight. KK and Dee of the duo 2nd II None really do their thing here, they are
always tight. El's chorus is just straight up catchy, doin his thing singin
about money and pussy! Though Quik's verse is overlooked here...still a dope
song. 4 out of 5.
5. Down, Down, Down - (featuring Suga Free, Mausberg & AMG) - This was made
for the club scene...it's a banger. AMG gets the second verse, "Cause you got
more bounce than Roger Troutman, I don't know when it's in or out an..." The
young prodigy Mausberg gets his only spot on the album here spittin a descent
flow, and Suga Free is always freaky on the mic. The hook done by Quik is
nice, "When we come up we gettin down, down ,down/step in the club they give
us pound, pound, pound/ lookin for somethin that be nice brown and round when
we come and hit the world with a brand new sound." Quik's electric keyboard
orientated beat satisfies me once again. I also like the scratches that come
up through out the track. This was eventually the album's 2nd second single. 4
out of 5.
6. You'z A Gangxta - This may very well be my favorite song on this album.
It's basically a song that states Quick isn't a gangsta anymore, he's not the
banger he used to be. "Fuck what ya heard baby, I'm Dj Quik, whether on tv or
in the streets I'm still the shit." This is a great song, Quik tells an
interesting story from the MC Eiht inccident, up to the night Biggie was shot.
Quik even checks himself, "See some don't realize the power of lyrics, cause
when you rap about death you talkin to spirits." The beat is way tight, you
can even here RTD2 from Star Wars as a part of the beat in the background. At
the end Quik sends a message to his one time rival MC Eiht, "And to MC Eiht,
you get yo head together maybe we could do a record...I'm out." 4.5 out of 5.
7. I Useta Know Her - (featuring AMG) - A VERY funky Quik song with his long
time homie, AMG. The song is pretty humorous, packin funny rhymes about
bitches they use to know from their days of 1991. Check a line from AMG, "She
was askin me question after question, till she seen mine my life-sized
erection/I bend over prepare to do my duty/then see my nigga Quik's name on
the booty...bitch, I useta know her." LOL, both Quik and AMG go back and forth
tradin the mic smoothly with their clever raps. Quik's talk-box hook adds on
even more funkiness inherited in the song already. Overall this is a nice, fun
filled melody produced by none other than the Quiksta. 4 out of 5.
8. No Doubt - (featuring Suga Free & Playa Hamm) - This is one of Quik's
experimental songs that is made up of a rugged rock guitar, mixed in with some
funk tunes as well. Playa Hamm serves his only appearance on this record, and
Suga Free comes in as well. This is a pretty good song once you give it
acouple of spins, it has a nice hook, "No doubt, I got somethin fo yo mouth,
no doubt, I got somethin fo yo mouth, no doubt, I got somethin fo yo mouth/now
run and tell em what we all about." Good song with average lyrics. 4 out of 5.
9. Speed - (featuring AMG) - SHIT...this is as sick as Quick gets on this
album. The title says it all, his raps come up to par with the crafty beat.
Quik explodes right when the tight drum kicks come in, "The Q-U-I-K is the
name I spell/124 beats per minute I rock well." An uncredited AMG comes just
as hot, "Faster then the Concord on board call me the pilot/baby better let me
know she's excited." Man, the hook is dope too, "When I'm on speed, I'm faster
than most, and I could rock a party from coast to coast", one of the best
songs this album has to offer, way tight. 4.5 out of 5.
10. Whateva U Do - This song is more of a jazz/lounge/laid back Quik song then
any other of his previous recordings. Not one of the high points on the
record, but an average song for me, some fansmay turn this song away for it's
softness. G-One helped produce the beat as well as lend live drums from
himself to the track. Another one of Quik's experiments here that shows his
growth as a musician 3.5 out of 5.
11. Thinkin' Bout U - Again, nothin great from Quik, another experimentation.
He takes a more laid back approach towards the mic, rappin about a girl he
wishes he had and so forth. His beat is much like his lyrics, slow, and laid
back. Though this song is at the bottom of my list in terms of play time. 3
out of 5.
12. El's Interlude - (Performed by El DeBarge) - Quik gives El DeBarge his own
song here. It's a very smooth, and soulful song, classic El Debarge. Quik
handles the beat, which is some very smooth funk. A meaningless song in my
opinion though. 3 out of 5.
13. Medley For A "V" (The Pussy Medley) - (featuring Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg,
AMG, 2nd II None, Hi-C & El Debarge) - All the pimps, playas and hustlas come
together to make a song about their favorite body part. The Dogg Pound's
Snoop, and Nate Dogg collaborate with Quik and his click for a dope song.
Vocalists Nate Dogg, and El Debarge combined harmonies makin for a kick ass
duet. Nate is the best though, his part is amazing. Snoop gets the opening
verse dishing out pretty tight raps. The rest take turns doin their thang. The
beat was laced by Quik and G-One, some funky shit. A good song...fo shizzel. 4
out of 5.
14. Bombudd 2 - My ideal song to blaze up a sack to. Quik borrows the identity
of Bob Marley for this song! It's a reggae flavored track with Quik just
singin the whole time about weed and shit. I like this song, it gives the
album more dimension. 3.5 out of 5.
15. Get 2Getha Again - (featuring 2nd II None, AMG and Hi-C) - Another dope
song with El DeBarge makin another strong appearance for the hook. The raps
are nice, but Quik takes a back seat on the mic, though his beat is a banger
once again. A good song for the end of the record. 4 out of 5.
16. Reprise (Medley For A "V") - We reach the album's finale, Quik's groove 4
is composed of rock and funk elements. G-One helped produce it also, not
really much to say here, it's just an instrumental. It's a short track with
not too much depth because it has no lyrics. 3.5 out of 5.
Quik's most diverse album to date incorporating hip hop, funk, soul, r&b, rock
and even reggae still packs classic Quik songs. Song's like "Hand in Hand", "I
Useta Know Her", "Whateva U Do", and "Bombudd 2" sound like they come from
different areas of music but all from one artist. After a 2 and a half year
hiatus since the criminal minded "Safe + Sound", the Quiksta returns with a
very dimensional record. It shows growth, Quik focuses on one thing here, and
that's being a musician, shedding his gangbangin image in the song, "You'z a
Gangxta". The great thing about the album is that there are no interludes at
all, just 16 tracks of music containing classic Quik songs like, "We Still
Party", "So Many Wayz", "Down, Down, Down", and "You'z a Ganxta". Quik was
accompanied by his long time homies 2nd II None, AMG, and Suga Free, he even
squeezed in his west side homies Snoop and Nate Dogg for the anthem, "The
Pussy Medley". Quik even put out some nice raps like on "You'z a Gangxta" and
the adrenaline filled song "Speed". G-One also lends his production talents on
4 tracks as well. If you don't have this album, go get it after you read this
cause it's a well rounded record, any true Quik fan should own it, if not any
fan of west coast music. Still, I would take Quik's newer album, "Balance and
Options" over "Rhythmalism" any day, that's just me, this is still a good
record. Don't let me forget the beats, the album is well produced with Quik
tapping into many regions of music satisfying your ears to the fullest.