February 21, 2021

DJ Quik "Safe & Sound" (February 21, 1995)

In 1990 he stepped on the scene and let you know his name--DJ Quik. In 1992, he returned to let you know he was Way 2 Fonky. Now it's 1995, and he's back to let everybody know he's Safe & Sound. One main ingredient attributing to Quik's new found security: funk. In fact, the music found here may be more appropriate on an 8-track than a CD. Quik opens up with a smooth intro and immediately blazes through "Get At Me," where he takes time out to dis an ex-comrad who betta have his money (think about it!). The quality builds throughout as Quik proceeds with his original formula: fonkay live music with lyrics that most can relate to (and don't repeatedly refer to the hard world of the streets). One track the players and pimps may want to direct their attention to is "Don't You Eat It," which warns Quik's male listeners about the dangers of "eating the coochie." Other cuts to check for are "Somethin' For The Mood" and "Summer Breeze," which impress with their coolness. "Tha Ho In You" is another highlight, as Quik's homies 2nd II None, Hi-C and Player Ham join him, along with Sexy Leroy and the Chocolate Lovelites. Another notable that may shock some is "Quik's Groove III," a butter smoove instrumental that fuses jazz and funk in the best way. For Quik's next project he could just put out a Quik's Groove CD and many would be satisfied as he proves he's a master of instrumental production. The album's only deflatable moment comes near the end as Quik relinquishes control and is joined on the mic for the last few tracks by some guest MC's who only detract from the efforts ("Sucka Free" and "Keep Tha 'P' In It"). The cuts add nothing but time to the album and without them, this album would be a near classic. Pound for pound, Quik's latest is definite listening satisfaction. The funk is superior to what is currently cluttering the market because of its cool laidback sound that is distinguishable from anything currently out. And lyrically speaking, Quik is on point, speaking in a language everyone can understand, as he tells stories that are enhanced by his high-pitched crystal clear voice that paints quality visuals for the mental. If heads can appreciate the funk--real funk--this one can't be passed up as it is truly a Safe & Sound investment. - The Source (4 Mics, 1995). Revisit Safe & Sound below... Is it a classic?

Peace to my man, Will, who put me on to this album at the time.