BVMUndergroundHipHop | December 30, 2009
He began selling homemade mixtapes (notably The Red Tape, 1987) after he received a turntable for his 9th grade graduation and then began doing shows DJing around Southern California. He signed to Profile Records in the summer of 1990, reportedly as the label’s first six figure signee.
His debut album, Quik Is the Name, which was released in 1991, was led by the success of two top 20 R&B singles, “Tonite” and “Born and Raised in Compton.” The album ended up reaching 10th on the album charts, and being certified Platinum by the RIAA. None of his successive albums reached the success of his debut, though they have been well received. He later released his second album entitled Way 2 Fonky in 1992. It was certified Gold by October 9. It included the smash hits “Way 2 Fonky” and “Jus Lyke Compton” The album later reached the 24th spot on Chris Rocks’ list of the 25 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums Ever. His third album Safe & Sound, released in 1995, made number 14 on the Billboard 200. It included the tracks “Dollaz & Sense” and Safe & Sound” The tracks “Dollaz & Sense” and “Let You Havit” were diss tracks to Compton rapper and member of the rival Tragniew Park Compton Crips, MC Eiht. The two would make several threats and diss tracks to each other in the mid 1990’s. Today, Quik is on good terms with MC Eiht.
He was chiefly inspired by funk and soul artists, such as Roger Troutman (who even taught him the use of the talkbox, which became a trademark for Quik’s sound throughout his career) and George Clinton.