Rhythm-al-ism is the fourth studio album by American West Coast hip hop recording artist and producer DJ Quik, released on November 24, 1998, by Arista Records and was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 7, 1999. It peaked at number 63 on the US Billboard 200 chart. He recorded the album at Skip Sailor Recordings in Los Angeles, and worked with producer G-One. The album featured the singles "You'z a Ganxta", "Hand In Hand" featuring 2nd II None & El DeBarge, and "Down, Down, Down" featuring Suga Free, Mausberg (deceased) & AMG.

Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 24, 1998 (1998-11-24)
StudioSkip Saylor Recording (Los Angeles, California)
GenreHip hop, R&B
ProducerDJ Quik (also exec.), G-One, Sheppard Lane (exec.)
DJ Quik chronology
Safe + Sound
Balance & Options
Singles from Rhythm-al-ism
  1. "You'z a Ganxta"
    Released: July 14, 1998
  2. "Hand In Hand"
    Released: September 29, 1998
  3. "Down, Down, Down"
    Released: December 22, 1998

Background and recording edit

In an interview with Complex, DJ Quik spoke on the background and recording process of Rhythm-al-ism stating, “With the Rhythm-al-ism album, even though it didn't have a home because Profile Records was going through something and I was fighting them for back royalties and they had me on suspension because they didn't want to pay me. I understood, those were some big checks, I wouldn't want to pay DJ Quik either. "I think that's when I lost my rough edges, I lost the gangster and became like an R&B pretty boy. "The name Rhythm-al-ism alone tells you what I was doing. I was mixing up rhythms. I was meshing R&B with hip-hop and jazz. And a little bit of comedy".[1]

The cover art and some aspects of the album were inspired by L.A. rock band the Doors, confirmed by Quik himself via Instagram.

Critical reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Los Angeles Times    [3]
The Source     [4]
RapReviews.com          [5]
USA Today    [6]

Rhythm-al-ism received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics. People at Allmusic rated the album at 2 and a half stars and wrote that Considering its guest list—packed with enough star power (El DeBarge, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Peter Gunz, Hi-C, AMG, and 2nd II None) to fill a "Wrestlemania" card—Rhythm-al-ism promises more than it actually delivers. Its cleverest moments ("Medley for a 'V' (The Pussy Medley)") address colloquialisms for genitalia and all the wonderful things it's good for. "Down, Down, Down," "I Useta Know Her," and "No Doubt" (rhymes with: "I got something for your mouth") are plain nasty. Just what rap needs: one more guy boasting about his majestic penis and how good he is at treating women like gutter trash.[7] Los Angeles Times gave the album 3 stars.[3]

Commercial performance edit

The album debuted at number sixty three on the US Billboard 200 and spent 29 weeks on the chart. It also debuted at number thirteen on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts and spent 39 weeks on the chart as well.[8] The album was certified Gold on July 27, 1999 by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies.

Track listing edit

1."Rhythm-al-ism (Intro)"David BlakeDJ Quik1:40
2."We Still Party"BlakeDJ Quik5:13
3."So Many Wayz" (featuring 2nd II None and Peter Gunz)DJ Quik, G-One (co.)5:41
4."Hand in Hand" (featuring 2nd II None & El DeBarge)Barnett, Blake, Eldra Patrick DeBarge, McDonaldDJ Quik4:18
5."Down, Down, Down" (featuring Suga Free, AMG & Mausberg)Blake, Johnny Burns, Jason Lewis, Dejuan WalkerDJ Quik4:43
6."You'z a Ganxta"BlakeDJ Quik4:21
7."I Useta Know Her" (featuring AMG)Blake, LewisDJ Quik3:50
8."No Doubt" (featuring Playa Hamm & Suga Free)Blake, Wilbert Milo, WalkerDJ Quik4:12
9."Speed"Blake, Lewis, Maurice White, Verdine WhiteDJ Quik3:20
10."Whateva U Do"Archie, Blake, Smokey RobinsonDJ Quik, G-One (co.)7:47
11."Thinkin' Bout U"BlakeDJ Quik4:04
12."El's Interlude" (featuring El DeBarge)Blake, DeBargeDJ Quik4:06
13."Medley for a "V" (The Pussy Medley)" (featuring Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Hi-C, 2nd II None, AMG & El DeBarge)Archie, Barnett, Blake, Calvin Broadus, DeBarge, Nathaniel Hale, Lewis, McDonald, Crawford WilkersonDJ Quik, G-One (co.)6:26
14."Bombudd II"BlakeDJ Quik2:59
15."Get 2Getha Again" (featuring 2nd II None, AMG, Hi-C & El DeBarge)Barnett, Blake, DeBarge, Lewis, McDonald, WilkersonDJ Quik4:40
16."Reprise (Medley for a "V")"Archie, BlakeDJ Quik, G-One (co.)2:40
Total length:70:10

 • (co.) Co-producer

Sample credits

Personnel edit

Credits for Rhythm-al-ism adapted from liner notes.[9]

Charts edit

Chart (1998)[8] Peak
US Billboard 200 63
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 13

Year-end charts edit

Chart (1999) Position
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[10] 61

Singles edit

Song Chart (1998–99) Peak
"You'z a Ganxta" US Billboard Hot R&B Airplay[11] 66
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[8] 59
"Hand in Hand" US Billboard Hot R&B Airplay[11] 54
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[12] 66
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[13] 38
"Down, Down, Down" US Billboard Hot R&B Airplay[11] 51
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[12] 59

Certifications edit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history edit

Region Date Label Format
United States[7] November 10, 1998 Arista Records CD, Cassette, LP
Canada[15] November 23, 1998 Arista Records CD, Cassette
United Kingdom[16] November 24, 1998 Arista Records CD, Cassette

References edit

  1. ^ "DJ Quik f/ El DeBarge "El's Interlude" (1998) - DJ Quik Tells All: The Stories Behind his Classic Records". Complex. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ a b BAKER, SOREN (27 November 1998). "1/2 DJ Quik, "Rhythm-alism," Profile/Arista. (***)" – via LA Times.
  4. ^ "DJ Quik - Rhythm-Al-Ism CD Album". www.cduniverse.com.
  5. ^ "DJ Quik :: Rhythmalism :: Profile Records". www.rapreviews.com.
  6. ^ USA Today review
  7. ^ a b "Rhythm-al-ism - DJ Quik - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  8. ^ a b c https://www.billboard.com/artist/dj-quik/chart-history/
  9. ^ "Rhythm-al-ism - DJ Quik - Credits". AllMusic.
  10. ^ https://www.billboard.com/artist/dj-quik/chart-history/r%26b/hip-hop-albums
  11. ^ a b c https://www.billboard.com/artist/dj-quik/chart-history/r%26b/hip-hop-airplay
  12. ^ a b https://www.billboard.com/artist/dj-quik/chart-history/r%26b/hip-hop-songs
  13. ^ "Album Search for "rhythm al ism"". AllMusic.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – DJ Quik – Rhythm-al-ism". Recording Industry Association of America.
  15. ^ "Rhythm-Al-Ism by DJ Quik" – via itunes.apple.com.
  16. ^ A customer. "Rhythm-Al-Ism [Explicit] by DJ Quik on Amazon Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-12-05.