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Balance & Options

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 769748

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: DJ Quik, El DeBarge, Mausberg, James DeBarge, Shaboobie, AMG, Erich Sermon, Kam, Rafael Saadiq, Digital Underground, Suga Free, Tamara Savage, George Archie, Jr., Will Hudspeth, Courtney Branch, Doctah B. Sirus, The Humpty Humpalicious Imposters (vocals); Keith O'Derek (spoken vocals); David Blake (various instruments); Waryn Campbell, Jr. (guitar, piano, drums); Rob Bacon, Jr. (guitar); G-1 (bass); Marco Polo (background vocals); South Central Philharmonic Orchestra.
    Recorded at Tha Hospital Studios and Skip Saylor Studios, Los Angeles, California.
    Personnel includes: DJ Quik (vocals); David Blake (vocals, various instruments, talk box); Mausberg, James Debarge, Will Hudspeth, Ham, Erick Sermon, Shaboobie, AMG, James Debarge, The Humpty Humpalicious Imposters, Doctah B. Sirus, Keith O'Derek, Digital Underground, Raphael Saadiq, Suga Free, Tamara Savage, George Archie, Jr., Courtney Branch, El Debarge (vocals); Shock G (various instruments); Warryn Campbell, Jr. (guitar, piano, drums); Rob Bacon, Jr. (guitar).
    Recorded at Tha Hospital Studio & Skip Saylor Studios, Los Angeles, California.
    BALANCE & OPTIONS displays DJ Quik at the top of his musical game. Taking a drastic stylistic turn from his previous projects, the new album showcases a growing musical maturity in its warm, soulful, funk-influenced grooves.
    The set takes its musical cues from black music's past, running counter to the synthetic productions of much of current hip-hop. From the opening track "Change the Game", with its warm, soul-inflected keyboards, to the Roger Troutman vocoder refrain on "Did Y'all Feel Dat," the mood is clearly rooted in '70s funk. One of the album's highlights is the escapist party anthem "Pitch In on a Party," which evokes the champagne and cocaine decadence of the late '70s disco era. Its subtle grooves and tinkling percussion mimic the toasting of wineglasses, while a wah-wah guitar chugs along the background.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (6/8/00, p.127) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Could be the most unexpectedly progressive hip-hop album of the year."s CMJ (8/7/00, p.41) - "...Heavy on both the mind and the booty."
    Rolling Stone (6/8/00, p.127) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Could be the most unexpectedly progressive hip-hop album of the year."
    CMJ (8/7/00, p.41) - "...Heavy on both the mind and the booty."
    Vibe (8/00, p.166) - "...Bounces like a go-go dancer on a trampoline. The big, spongy beats Quik favors make the album sound like one long homage to Zapp....He has managed to strike a balance between the thuggery of his youth and the peacefulness to which he now aspires."
    Vibe (8/00, p.166) - "...Bounces like a go-go dancer on a trampoline. The big, spongy beats Quik favors make the album sound like one long homage to Zapp....He has managed to strike a balance between the thuggery of his youth and the peacefulness to which he now aspires."
    The Source (6/00, pp.211-12) - 3 mics out of 5 - "...The gems of BALANCE are scattered like buried treasure, weighing heavily toward the LP's end. When you hear the stronger cuts, you realize BALANCE's potential..."
    The Source (6/00, pp.211-12) - 3 mics out of 5 - "...The gems of BALANCE are scattered like buried treasure, weighing heavily toward the LP's end. When you hear the stronger cuts, you realize BALANCE's potential..."
    Rap Pages (6/00, p.40) - "...Combines his new and old styles....He's come a long way from his days of banging on wax, and has managed to balance his multiple options quite well."
    Rap Pages (6/00, p.40) - "...Combines his new and old styles....He's come a long way from his days of banging on wax, and has managed to balance his multiple options quite well."
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