David Blake, 18 January 1970, Compton, California, USA. Rap artist whose deification of his home town, where he had grown up the youngest of ten children, pervaded both his first two albums (Born And Raised In Compton on his 1991 debut, and minor hit single Jus Lyke Compton on the follow-up set). At the age of 12 Blake began to learn the art of DJing, but it wasnt until N.W.A. exploded on the West Coast that he actually considered these skills might provide a career. He began recording cassettes, one of which found its way into the hands of Profile Records A&R man Dave Moss, head of their newly opened Los Angeles office. His debut set saw comparisons to Prince, though in mode of operation rather than musical terms: Quik writing, rapping, producing and arranging the set in its entirety. Rather than repeating the gangsta stance of his near-neighbours N.W.A. (though he claimed to be a former member of the Bloods gang), Quik confirmed...
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