Producer: DJ Quik
Album: Quik Is the Name
Label: Profile

In the 1920s jazz and blues artists penned odes to that "jelly roll;" the R&B shouters of the 1950s wanted to put "sugar in her bowl." But by the 1980s, rap was on the scene and subtlety was a thing of the past. DJ Quik upended a 60-year tradition of double entendre by calling it exactly what it is: "Sweet Black Pussy." Like all of the blues and jazz greats that preceded it, the leadoff track to Quik's 1991 debut Quik Is the Name is a marriage of street corner vulgarity and musical sophistication. Had Jelly Roll Morton lived long enough to powwow with Quik, he would have not only loved his jokes ("Because I'm like Noah's Ark - my bitches come in pairs") but respected the timeless swing and bass-driven momentum inherent to Quik's production style. Sam Sweet