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In 2009 the two of the biggest underground West Cast Rap legends came together and released "BlaQKout". It found the producer and rapper DJ Quik making half of a duo with Tha Dogg Pound member Kurupt, who make for a significant teaming in the game to show how well they can work when away from their typical fields both alone (in Quik's case) and with Daz Dillinger (with Kurupt), both of whom have been active since the early nineties and especially became prominent from 1993 - onwards.
1. "BlaQKout" (Intro)
2. "Cream N Ya Panties"
Here they are seen to get directly into some fly material where Quik shows that with his beats, he is able to push forward the sound of the wonder years in West Coast Rap with G-Funk which seem to take you back to the post-G-Funk (circa 1995) time with the beats as they get on a classy South Central groove.
3. "Do You Know"
Sampling classic material by both Tony! Toni! Toné! and Soul II Soul, you get a pretty strange one here as you see that here you get a rather crowded tune where Quik tries out many things at the same time and brings some fresh rhymes with Kurupt The Kingpin to a nice effect as they get into a dreamy joint.
4. "Whatcha Wan Do"
This is a nasty track from the pair of them as it sees that on it, they get into one where they get into one where they take it right towards the girls and explicitly rhyme about what they aim to get down to as they take it to the bedroom with some similes which you could only associate with such rappers from the area they are from.
The beats in this one take another massive turn as you see that here Quik takes the time to show how original he can be with the beats which he comes with as (just as the one prior to this) he takes on beats which I felt could be liven to a spacey production act such as The Neptunes, but in this case it takes much longer to really accept this experimental material.
6. "F**k Y'All"
Here they are seen to get down to heir typical Gangsta Rap material where they get down to the funky grooves as the two of them come with a fly tune where they take on all of those who bring them problems in everyday life. It's rather unoriginal, but with their experience, they ensure that you can't hold this against them (at this stage in the album).
7. "Hey Playa!"
With a Middle Eastern twist, you see that on this one Quik has clearly gone to somewhere on a completely level as he delivers something which completely throws you off. It is a very effective one and although it sounds original, is clearly inspired by many of the 2008-2009 trends of East Coast and the early nineties Gangsta Rap.
As if it isn't clear enough through the title, this one gets them getting into a Caribbean-influenced tune, in which they do their own interpretation of late eighties Dancehall as Quik lays down the heavy dubs and Kurupt throws in some annoying repeated dance lines. It has no use here and quite unlike them.
9. "9x's Outta 10"
This is another experimental one from the two of them and I felt that, in comparison to the one prior to it, it is a massive improvement as you see that on it you get some of the repetition as Quik cuts up some vocals from Kurupt on some heavy, pounding beats. It is a hood banger, but perhaps a little too much for some as they try out something which is likely to throw people off.
10. "Jupiter's Critic & The Mind Of Mars"
This one has an absolutely terrible one as you see that here Quik takes things to even earlier time in the West Coast Hip Hop world with one which takes on the Electro-Hop techniques in order to pull out something to rival the Northern California Hyphy, Turf and Jerk sounds, but it sounds like a complete flop to me.
11. "The Appeal"
The final proper track on the album is one which gets them bumping some slapping West Coast material which indices a funky head bop as you here that on it, the two of them try out something different with a rhyming structure which is predictable, but allows them to bring out more skills through the way that this simplistic foundation is manipulated.
12. "The Problem" (Outro)
I thought that this was a fairly disappointing album from the two as it sees that instead of doing the expected and coming with something which combines the sort of music which was head in their popular years, they try out some of the same sort of things they are known for know in the years when they are considered 'past it' and along with this, bring in what they see as innovative things, but instead come out with something which wouldn't really appeal to anyone.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Cream N Ya Panties - DJ Quik, Kurupt, Trey Mak
3 Do You Know
4 Whatcha Wan Do
6 F**k Ya'll - DJ Quik, Puff Johnson, Kurupt
7 Hey Playa! (Moroccan Blues) - DJ Quik, Kurupt,
9 9x's Outta 10
10 Jupiter's Critic & The Mind of Mars
12 Problem: The B Stands for Beautiful (Skit)
13 Whatcha Wan Do [Alternate Version] - DJ Quik, Kurupt,