Since DJ Quik‘s debut album Quik Is The Name dropped in 1991, some saw it as an artist looking to take advantage of NWA putting Compton on the map. But really, Quik had been doing his thing for years already. In fact, Quik is one of the first, if not the first rappers to get a record deal from a mixtape when Jive signed him after hearing his Red Tape mixtape that was released in 1987. Also, when it comes to West Coast Hip-Hop producers, Quik is one of few with a catalog that actually challenges Dr. Dre’s. Quik would eventually work with Dre during his brief time at Death Row Records, but Quik had already “made it” without him by that time.