28. DJ Quik, Quik Is the Name
Release Date: 1/15/1991
DJ Quik would become one of the West Coast's most distinctive, talented and well-rounded producers, creating (and often ghost-producing) chart-topping hits and classic albums. His style evolved throughout his career, but in terms of his popular appeal as a solo artist, he would never top his debut record. Of "Born and Raised in Compton," Quik told us that sampling Isaac Hayes' "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" made him "feel like a god."
Quik was an expensive acquisition for Profile Records; his real underground debut was a mixtape from 1987 entitled The Red Tape, and it took three years before that led to his label deal. But the gamble paid off for Profile, as Quik is the Name went Gold within a year and platinum within five. Heavier on samples than he would be in later years-the entire genre was awash in a pre-Gilbert O'Sullivan lawsuit sampling obsession-Quik's debut spawned four singles: "Born and Raised in Compton," "Quik Is the Name," "Sweet Black Pussy," and by far his biggest crossover success, the Kleer-sampling "Tonite."