DJ Quik is one of the greatest rapper/producers that Los Angeles has ever produced. It's a tradition that has produced Madlib, Daz Dillinger The Alchemist and Dr. Dre. Thus, it came as a complete shock yesterday when Quik announced on Twitter that he was selling his production equipment and calling it quits for the foreseeable future.

While XXL would very much like Quik to recant his stance and return to making music, we would still like to congratulate Quik on one of the most fruitful careers in hip-hop history. In celebration of his retirement, XXL is looking back at 15 of his best songs that showcase how special a talent he was.