Tuesday, April 7, 2009
DJ Quik & Kurupt - "Hey Playa!"
Thank God, there is somebody in the extended Dr. Dre/N.W.A./Death Row/Aftermath family that is still making music that is worth a damn. I was beginning to wonder if G(-Unit)-Virus that infected Interscope in the year of our lord, 2003, had spread through the ranks and completely murdered everybody's ability to make quality music that came within contact of Curtis Jackson's bucktoothed and steroid-addled aura. Luckily, Kurupt along with fellow West Coast legend, DJ Quik, remain immune to the virus as their new single, "Hey Playa!" off their impending collaborative album, "Blaqkout", proves.
I suppose it's become the vogue for former Dr. Dre proteges (See: Eminem; Rhymes, Busta - Lesser Works) to employ Middle Eastern influenced beats (and for the most part, these songs have been utterly intolerable) but "Hey Playa!" stands above the pack because the sample sounds grittier and less refined from their overproduced brethren. The track is funky, upbeat and sounds warm and inviting. For sure, this is club oriented material but this sounds neither over-produced or embarrassingly dated which often plagues veteran rappers when they try to go the modern club right. This is just fun. Kurupt has always been one of my favorite West Coast-based rappers of all-time but DJ Quik really stands out on the track. He just sounds like he's having a blast on the track.
Can we get Spice-1 or MC Eiht on the remix and fully complete the '90s West Coast rapper nostalgia circle? I'd definitely be down.
Download: DJ Quik & Kurupt - Hey Playa!