DJ Quik began his career homeless, selling mixtapes of his own cuts in Compton. He came up, though, and Quik's determination and undeniable talent created a bidding war over his signing. After signing with Profile Records and dropping Quik Is The Name, he was one of the biggest artistic forces on the West Coast. His hit single "Tonite" started his lengthy career with a bang.

But throughout the '90s, Dre and Death Row dominated the air waves and Quik's prominence faded. His album sales trickled off yet the quality remained. As his career continued and he kept putting out material, Quik developed his own lane instead of emulating Dre's G-funk like so many of his contemporaries.

Blaqkout, Quik's collaboration album with Kurupt, forced everyone to appreciate his legacy. Quik's contributions to hip-hop have become clearer in recent years, from his acclaimed solo work to helping Dre with the drums on "In Da Club."