DJ Quik

The Crocodile & ReignCity Present

DJ Quik

Raz Simone, Gifted Gab, DJ Swervewon

Fri, January 24, 2014

9:30 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$25 Adv.

This event is 21 and over

DJ Quik
DJ Quik
One of the premier West Coast gangsta rap artists of the early '90s, DJ Quik was a rapper as well as a producer whose career carried on well into the next decade, as he put his career aside and began working primarily as a beat-maker. Born David Martin Blake on January 18, 1970, in Compton, CA, DJ Quik made a name for himself on the mixtape circuit during the late '80s, compiling tapes also featuring fellow rappers AMG, 2nd II None, and Hi-C. On the basis of these mixtapes, he was signed to Priority Records and made his album debut with Quik Is the Name (1990), on which he produced all the tracks (as he would on each of his solo albums) as well as rapper. Quik Is the Name proved quite successful, spawning two hits ("Tonite," "Born and Raised in Compton") and going platinum.

Throughout the remainder of the '90s, DJ Quik released three further albums -- Way 2 Fonky (1992), Safe & Sound (1995), Rhythm-al-ism (1998) -- that were fairly successful, each going gold, yet none proved as popular as his debut. When his fifth album, Balance & Options (2000), failed to show a substantial improvement in sales, he was dropped by Arista (which had taken over Profile). His next album, Under tha Influence (2002), distributed by Universal, failed to resurrect his commercial standing. Again without a major-label deal, DJ Quik proceeded to form his own label, Mad Science Recordings, via which he released Trauma (2005) and Greatest Hits Live at the House of Blues (2006), and also, in 2005, re-released Under tha Influence.

In addition to his solo career, DJ Quik kept busy as a producer, beginning in 1991 on the debut albums by 2nd II None (2nd II None) and Hi-C (Skanless). In subsequent years he contributed productions to albums by AMG (Bitch Betta Have My Money, 1992), Penthouse Players Clique (Paid the Cost, 1992), Tony! Toni! Tone! (House of Music, 1996), 2Pac (All Eyez on Me, 1996), the Luniz (Lunitik Muzik, 1997), Suga Free (Street Gospel, 1997), Jermaine Dupri (Life in 1472, 1998), Deborah Cox (One Wish, 1998), Shaquille O'Neal (Respect, 1998), King T (Thy Kingdom Come, 1998), Snoop Dogg (No Limit Top Dogg, 1999), Mausberg (Non Fiction, 2000), 8Ball & MJG (Space Age 4 Eva, 2000), Xzibit (Restless, 2000), Kurupt (Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey, 2001), Talib Kweli (Quality, 2002), Truth Hurts (Truthfully Speaking, 2002), Jay-Z (The Black Album, 2003), Jadakiss (The Kiss of Death, 2004), and Ludacris (Red Light District, 2004), among many others. Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
Raz Simone
Raz Simone
Raz Simone is a hip-hop artist from Seattle, Washington. His inspiration stems from his diverse life, as opposed to any musical predecessors. Growing up Raz did not listen to any music. It wasn’t until he started writing poetry, then speaking his powerful words over movie scores that he realized he was rapping.

Mixing creative foresight with entrepreneurial spirit, Raz produces, raps, sings, designs graphics and directs videos all under his independent label, Black Umbrella.

In 2012 Raz partnered with Sam Lachow to create a five track EP called ‘5 Good Reasons’. The positive reception of the project landed both artists on tour at the start of 2013. Raz then followed up in March, with his debut solo EP, Solomon Samuel Simone. The momentum gained from those 2 projects was abruptly halted when Raz caught a gun charge while performing in New York City for possession of a firearm that he legally owned. After dealing with the effects of the situation through out all of 2013, all charges were recently dropped and Raz has prepared his return to music.

On March 6th, 2014 he will release his next project, Cognitive Dissonance: Part One. Embodying the passion and frustration that comes with the cognitive response of two conflicting ideas, this project takes listeners deep inside the mind of Raz at some of his most introspective, inspiring, and darkest points.
Gifted Gab
Gifted Gab
Gifted Gab was born Gabrielle Kadushin on February 21, 1991 in Seattle, WA. Growing up Seattle's Central District or CD, she was surrounded by music. Her mother sang in her church's choir, and Gab followed in her mother's footsteps singing as a child in the choir. She was noticed for being exceptionally gifted in music when, at the age of 6, she began to play the piano. She continued to excel in music. Doing everything from singing solos in church, performing at piano recitals, and being able to repeat from memory any song or rap she ever heard on the radio or elsewhere. Things changed for her however, when, at the age of 13, her mother was diagnosed with cancer, and Gab had to move to Oklahoma to live with her great aunt and uncle. Her mother passed soon after the move, and Gab found solace in music.

After spending what she calls "three fucked years" of her life in Oklahoma following the loss of her mother, Gab moved back to Seattle when she was 16. It was then that she began to take her rapping talents seriously. Like so many others, she intiially began by recording her voice over popular instrumentals and uploading songs on YouTube. But after seeing and hearing the positive responses from others, she wasn't content with just that and needed to go further. Soon after this, she was introduced to and befriended Memphis/Seattle rapper Tawksicc, and it was there that she recorded in a studio for the first time. She began and continued to make connections in the Seattle music scene, becoming good friends with J. Byrd and Sam Lachow along the way. J. Byrd then introduced Gab to his cousin Nacho Picasso, and this was the pivotal point in her career, with her soon after joining the ranks as the first lady of the Moors.

Up to this point, Gifted Gab (aka Gift uh Gab) has been featured on numerous songs with various artists from Seattle and California, and she continues to grow that list. She was featured on the highly acclaimed track "Young Seattle Part 1," after which she dropped her first EP "Queen La'Chiefah" highlighted by the single "Orange Skyline." She has also performed at countless events such as the Capitol Hill Block Party, Hempfest, Decibel Festival, various venues in and around the Seattle area, and was even crowned champion at a Seattle based rap contest. Looking forward, Gab is planning to drop her first full album in early 2014.
DJ Swervewon
DJ Swervewon
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://thecrocodile.com/index.html