DJ QuikSix years after his last solo studio release, Trauma, hip-hop icon DJ Quik is preparing his return.

The Compton, California native recently announced that his eighth solo studio album, The Book of David, will drop on April 20. As a nod to his birth-name, David Blake, this latest release is a candid and insightful project.

Mixing his legendary beat crafting with his gangsta bravado, The Book Of David is a raw representation of Quik as both an evolved recording artist and the mind of the man behind the music, David Blake. Produced entirely produced by DJ Quik, it features memorable cameos from the likes of Bun B, Ice Cube, Kurupt, Dwele, Suga Free, Jon B, Bizzy Bone and others.

“The whole idea behind this project was not just to make another rap album,” explains Quik. “I wanted to focus on the overall musical performance process … not just the rapping part. It’s a smart album, it’s everything I wanted it to be.”

Every track on the upcoming release provides another gripping chapter to Quik’s prolific discography. The album’s lead single, “Luv of My Life” featuring Gift Reynolds, is already garnering spins from top regional radio stations, including Los Angeles’ Power 106, San Francisco’s KMEL, Seattle’s KUBE, Phoenix’s KKFR and more.

Given that his skills are just as precise now as they were two decades ago, Quik’s music remains relevant and essential.

The Book Of David is sure to be a fine addition to the catalogue of an immensely gifted artist.

Look out for it on April 20.