Kurupt & DJ Quik  - BlaQKout

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As Hip Hop changes shape in 2009, Kurupt and Quik, two men raised in its golden glory, two men who flame-broiled beef in the '90s, are also proving that they're carrying the sound forward, with grace and style.

Throughout the '90s, DJ Quik and Kurupt [click to read] were soldiers of the same struggle. One from Compton and one from South Central, these neighborhood heroes expanded empires to become national stars through raunchy commentary, and belligerent bandana'd bars that forced both men to ruffle rapper feathers from coast to coast. Brief label-mates at Death Row in 1995 and 1996, David Blake and Young Gotti got minimal opportunity to really work together. Thirteen years pass and the collaborative trends of Hip Hop put these two Cali Hip Hop legends in the studio together, for a new period of space-aged Quik production, and verses that might not be as vicious, but a natural progression for men approaching their forties, with great music still in the bank.

Just as Quik's Fixxers stint with AMG and Interscope two summers ago, BlaQKout's leading inspiration is sex, lots of it. The men who made "Medley For A V" and "Ain't No Fun" uphold their reputations for risqu