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DJ Quik and Kurupt – BlaQKout – Rating: C

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The music careers of Dogg Pound rapper Kurupt and West Coast producer DJ Quik can be best described as underrated. With more than a decade of standout records under their belts and street credibility that soars beyond the Milky Way, it’s somewhat bewildering to see how these two Hip-Hop acts have become suspended in time—staying stagnant within the Hip-Hop conglomerate.

But if the entertainment business has shown us anything, it’s two things: 1) Hip-Hop audiences embrace veteran comebacks; 2) Hip-Hop audiences clamor for collaboration projects. BlaQKout is a mere example of what two Hip-Hop talents can produce when they join forces and focus on their strengths. Two of the West’s most wanted manage to follow the blueprint accordingly, while staying in their lane and producing quality work.

quikkuruptblaqkoutKurupt puts it best in the album’s introduction, “This is one of those things you put to together you make gumbo/I mean, How can you go wrong?” The self-title track “BlaQKout” fogs the room with benevolent rhymes that showcase personal gratitude and confidence, immediately attracting you to the duo’s herbal zest. Kurupt and Quik brush off the negative energy on “The Appeal” and preach self-motivation as a guiding light to success. It’s a laid-back track designed to feed a hustler’s ambition.

It wouldn’t be a West Coast LP if the content didn’t swerve into the dirty lane. A combustion of lewd conduct oozes from “Cream N Ya Panties,” as both rappers keep it raunchy in the same fashion as Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle. The catchy flute and drum patterns of “Whatcha Wan Do” hypnotize you to the dance floor as the duo’s intentions amusingly setup the mood for the night.

Comparable to the Clipse street knocker “Grindin,” Kurupt show-n-proves on “9x’s Outta 10” how his swagger on the microphone is untouchable.  The hard-thumping bass of “Hey Playa” can replace the hydraulics in your Chevy Impala, providing that bounce to the ounce as you cruise through the Long Beach strip. Now hop out of the car and place yourself in a spaceship.

“Jupiter’s Critic and the Mind of Mars” sends us into another dimension with its booming futuristic sound and synthesized vocals. Quik rides shotgun all the way through and takes listeners into a completely different orbit. Many are unaware that Quik isn’t just a producer, he’s also solo artist, but he doesn’t hesitate to remind us of his multiple talents.

Quik’s production is the clear standout on BlaQKout. He provides listeners with a quality soundtrack to blast on any coast. Kurupt’s continues to prove that he’s one of the more lyrical MC’s on the Hip-Hop front, and his Kellerweis_Bottle-lrgcontributions are well documented. While the results might not be of the same caliber as a Snoop and Dr. Dre collaboration, Quik and Kurupt prove they’re not that far behind.

Vintage West Coast funk is in rare form on BlaQKout. These West Coast vets reinvigorate that gangster rap sound that’s been M.I.A. this past decade. Minus the ringtone massacre that is “Ohh!” and the intolerable “Exodus,” Quik and Kurupt prove the West is alive and well.

Beer Pairing: The recommendation for this album is Sierra Nevada Keller Weiss. Keep it on the West Side.