Heds and Dreds: DJ Quik’s Compton Fried Reggae

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“Exodus” (DJ Quik & Kurupt, BlacQKout, 2009)

Former rivals in the gangster rap world, Quik and Dogg Pound pitbull Kurupt traded beefs and G stuff for bouncy club jams on the feelgood 2009 collaborative effort, BlaqKout. And it was damn near perfect: it was my favorite rap album 2009 and the best Quik release since Way 2 Fonky. Kurupt’s call-and-response chatting (“Jump, stomp, pump and reach again,” repeat 100x) gives it an almost soca-like vibe.