DJ Quik & Kurupt
BlaQKout


3.0
good

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (73 Reviews)
December 27th, 2009 | 6 replies | 3,020 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Good, but not 8.2 at fucking Pitchfork good.

DJ Quik and Kurupt’s Blaqkout, in a couple of weird ways, is similar to its more inspired New York counterpart Blackout, released by Method Man and Redman. They’re both inspired because the two really feel well working together, as DJ Quik and Kurupt both feel comfortable around each other’s contrasting flows, with Kurupts aggressive bark and Quiks nasally whine meshing together well. As well, both Blaqkout and Blackout are generally hyped in the media as great albums, but as soon as we see that, that’s when the comparisons end. Blaqkout, unlike it’s New York counterpart Blackout, doesn’t deserve that much of the praise it’s gotten, and although there are individual tracks that certainly deserve the 8.2 Pitchfork threw on it, as an album, it seems like a one listen off type of album.

Blaqkout has a unique sound, no doubt, featuring DJ Quik’s futuristic club bounce. DJ Quik takes club prouncy drums, and mixes them with fluffy, clear production and soft jazz guitars and occasionally soulful or R&B vocals. It’s a completely clear-headed sound that’s easy to hear and dance too. However, there is one exception, and that’s the albums best song “9x Outta 10”, which is about as minimalist as Quik’s production gets, meshing thumping militant drums and harrowing medieval vocals for a dark effect for Kurupt’s word play to begin. Kurupt and Quik try their hand in rapping over this rather unique rap transaction, and that’s what makes Blaqkout a rather mixed effort. “9x Outta 10” and “Blaqkout” feature Kurupt’s tongue twisting lyrical rhythms at their height and he hasn’t sounded this good since Doggystle, while “Whatcha Won Do” features some of Quik’s funniest punch lines in ages (“They at the pond, but they still my ducks/and even though we don’t ***, they still ***ed up”) , but the rest of the album just settles for mostly lyrical mediocrity. Quik and Kurupt sound comfortable around eachother, and their flows are decent, but the lyrics sort of drag the potential ship down.

DJ Quik and Kurupt have made a good album with Blaqkout, but it’s simply not anything above good. Lyrically it’s mostly wack, and while the album musically and flow-wise tries to make up for it, it’s still an unavoidable point. Check out a couple individual tracks for production and occasionally lyricism (“9x Outta 10”, “Blaqkout”, “Hey Playa”), it’s mostly just a good effort that could be better. It’s still good to hear that Kurupt doesn’t suck anymore.



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Bulldog
December 27th 2009



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Findly found that password, eh? Good review dawgie. But I disagree, I think this is still a 2/5. Pos'd

hydeyomoney
December 27th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

had computer troubles, but sputnik...


GUESS WHOS BACK?

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2009



10245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

9x's outta 10 rules so hard

Digging: The Bilinda Butchers - Heaven

hydeyomoney
December 27th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

totally agreed.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 28th 2009



4938 Comments


yeah this was definitely a "barely listened to once" kinda record. overall underwhelming.

hydeyomoney
December 28th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

like it'd be good under regular circumstances, but considering the mass of acclaim on this, it's just disappointing.



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