Sunday, January 14, 2007

Dj Quik's 304 Posse

304 Posse

The 304 posse consisted of DJ Quik , 2nd II None, A.M.G and Hi-C

Now i was always a big fan of Dj Quik which i used to get all manner of shit about. I dont know why my friends never seemed to like quik? i think the dude is seriously under rated as a producer and while Dre gets a lot of props for starting the whole G-Funk era off???? it seems to me that people must have not ever heard a Dj Quik album. The man was funky as hell and to me, Quik really started off the whole G-Funk shit. The proof is there on wax!!!

so I am gonna start up with Quik's first album...


I'm not totally sure if the 304 posse had been created when he dropped his first album but one thing is for sure it was definately in full swing with the arrival of 2nd II None.

2nd II None were KK & Gangsta D and they released a nice nice album!

This album was smooth as hell but still had moments of player brilliance on it. The whole crew started to take off on this album imediately and with Quik on producer duty you know the beats were going to be pretty funky. There were some real classics on this album and none more better than Niggaz Trippin...This featured the whole 304 posse and was a classic back in the day!

The crew weren't taking time to release albums either i remember pretty much straight away A.M.G dropped the classic Bitch Betta Have My Money. Now there is a some straight up classics on this joint and its a shame he didnt get a bit bigger out tyhere cos the man had some smooth shit. I think the main reason being his lyrical content? but damn some of it was funny as hell! I'm guessing womens rights groups would have him locked up if he tried to release this album nowadays? if you dont have this album or have never heard it please please get this download. Its just one of those albums that i think you have to own from the golden era... its no 5 mic classic but its a pretty good effort and beatwise all the 304's stuff was pretty hot so check it out....


So then came the follow up from Dj Quik....



Now you have to remember that Quik had just been ripped apart by Tim Dog and dissed pretty bad so i was kinda hoping when i got this album he was gonna retaliate a bit more than he did? He left his special moment for Tim and Mc Eiht (never understood that beef???) until the final track on the album and it was a pretty sweet answer back. So really i suppose you gottas give credit to Quik for not taking the bait and doing a whole album of "fuck Tim Dog" tracks but still i did expect more.

But what you do get from this album was realy the first example of the soon to be G-Funk era. This album was pre chronic and pre Black mafia life so in all honesty you have to say that quik started it all? well thats my opinion? the beats on this album are at times pretty amazing...you havd quiks no nonsence rapping over funky as hell beats, which made this one of my favorite albums of the time. "Jus Lyke Compton" was the first single of the album and was getting a shit load of airplay on mtv! it was a great track but no where near the best on the album. and it also had the track "Niggaz Still Trippin" which was obviously part 2 from 2nd II Nones effort. All in all this was a solid and slept on album.

Quik went on to replace Dre as lead producer at Death Row after all the ill feeling and produced some classic cuts! none more so that 2Pacs all eyez on me..... the rest is history!

...Well untill Quik released his third effort anyway.



This album featured a track called "get at me" which was the first sign that there were cracks in the 304 posse mainly between Gangsta D from 2nd II None and A.M.G ? now Quick was kinda stuck in a dispute over what i believe was A.M.G's second album. But Quik soon had Gangsta D's back and went on wax to tell of his dissapointment at the fact A.M.G wanted to use other producers on his 2nd album? Im not all to sure as to what started the beef between D and A.M.G but it was made pretty clear on the track that Quik was not on A.M.G's side at all?

Things have been patched up since but this was one pretty harsh Diss track that doesnt tend to get mentioned all that much when it comes to disses? but the beat and Quiks lyrics once again made the track pretty impressive. The album also featured the track "dollaz and sense" which i think was on the murder was the case soundtrack album??? but its a pretty sweet track and also another diss record mainly aimed at Mc Eiht.

Anyways Quik gets no where near the respect he deserves except on here so i'll leave you with this little classic....



10 comments:

pj said...

hey man, downloaded these a while ago and given most of them a pretty good listen especially way to funky, safe n sound and 2nd to none. I don't usually listen too much to west coast g rap, but damn this shit bumps and is pretty entertaining. def converted me mate. Also worth the look on my girls face when I bump it especially 'can I eat it?'. haha. 'quicks groove's' intrumentals are dope too I'd love to of seen him even do a whole album of instrumental shit. anyway mate cheers for your hardwork.
Pj.

Natan said...

Quik's the best rapper/producer ever imo.
can't wait for the Fixxers album with AMG...
there's a new interview with him in
www.dubcnn.com

thanks 4 the albums, people really need to understand how good Quik and his homies are...

Anonymous said...

Good review. But you've got to stop when you know that you're spewing BS. DJ Quik was NEVER the 'lead producer' at Death Row. HE DID NOT PRODUCE TUPAC'S ALL EYEZ ON ME. He produced just one track 'Heartz of Men' in that CD. The rest was heavily produced by Johnny J (R.I.P) and Daz with two tracks from Dre. So don't think noone knows that you're passing off BS as facts mate. I'm not hating; just keeping it real. Quik was a great producer, but he was nowhere close to being even the no. 3 producer at Death Row. That doesn't mean he wasn't better than Daz or Johnny J. I am not saying he wasn't. I am saying that he was NEVER a big player there and hardly produced any tracks for others.

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