DJ Quik

American rapper and producer

David Marvin Blake (born January 18, 1970), better known by his stage names DJ Quik or Da Quiksta, is an American rapper and record producer.[2] Blake was born in Compton, California.

DJ Quik
Birth nameDavid Marvin Blake[1]
Also known as
  • Quik
  • DJ Quick
  • Da Quiksta
Born(1970-01-18)January 18, 1970
Compton, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • DJ
  • actor
Years active1991-present
Member of

Early life change

Blake was born on January 18, 1970 in Compton, California. He was mainly inspired by funk and soul artists,[3] such as Roger Troutman (who even taught him to use the talkbox, which became a trademark for Quik's sound throughout his career) and George Clinton. Out of respect for his beloved friend, Roger Troutman, he retired the talkbox. David's love for music began at age 2, as his mother had an extensive record collection. By age 12 he was already playing instruments. By the age of 21, he was a platinum-selling artist.

He began selling homemade mixtapes (notably The Red Tape, 1987) after he received a turntable for his 9th grade graduation. He then began doing shows DJing around Southern California, many of which ended in rival gang related altercations. He was a member of the Tree Top Pirus Bloods. In the 11th grade, Quik dropped out of high school. For a period of about three years he was homeless after his mother lost her home, due to foreclosure. He would later say that after his success in the rap world many of his family members "popped up".[4]

Discography change

Studio albums change

Live albums change

Collaboration albums change

  • Blaqkout with Kurupt (2009)
  • Rosecrans with Problem (2017)

Filmography change

Year Movie Character Notes
2003 Visualism: The Art of Sound into Vision Himself Main Role
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Himself Cameo
2010 Malice n Wonderland Piano player
Year Title Character Notes
2004 Method & Red Himself Episode: "Something About Brenda"
2005 Entourage Himself Episode: "The Bat Mitzvah"
2007 Everybody Hates Chris Hilton "Hilly Hill" Reed Episode: "Everybody Hates DJ's"

Awards and nominations change

American Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1992 Himself Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Nominated


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Himself Biggest Celebrity DJ Won

References change

  1. Arnold, Paul W. (2011-04-21) DJ Quik: Against All Odds | Rappers Talk Hip Hop Beef & Old School Hip Hop. HipHop DX. Retrieved on 2012-03-11.
  2. "DJ Quik Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  3. allmusic ((( Quik Is the Name > Overview )))
  4. "DJ Quik: Trials and Tribulations of a West Coast Legend". LA Weekley. June 2, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-06-11.