DJ Quik Discusses His Extensive History, Details Origins Of MC Eiht Beef (Audio)

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DJ Quik is on the media circuit once again. David Blake swung through New York City, appearing on Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds’ Juan Epstein podcast. Working chronologically (beginning from 28:00), Quik goes from his days of slanging tapes that covered the left side of the Mississippi River, into Quik Is The Name, which contained many of the joints that made his Profile Records debut.

Moving into 1991 and 1992, Quik opens up about linking with Eazy-E and Ruthless Records. In turn, Quik talks Penthouse Players Clique—the group (which Quik was a member in) that also contained Playa Hamm and Tweed Cadillac. The guys still run with Quik today—despite only one group album.

The journey continues as Quik talks his $10,000-per track rate in the early ’90s. By the early 2000s, the Compton, California native was charging $50-60,000, and broadening from guys like Hi-C, 2nd II None, AMG, and Suga Free to Talib Kweli, Pharaohe Monch, and Jay Z.

Quik explains, as he did on Sway In The Morning, his role at Death Row, from engineering Tha Dogg Pound’s Dogg Food and 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me, to running with Suge Knight when Profile Records wasn’t paying. Along the way, Quik mentions he mixed “My Nigga” by YG for DJ Mustard.

Then Quik breaks down the underground tape line that got Compton’s Most Wanted (namely, MC Eiht) worked up (49:40). Reportedly out of respect, Quik tried out some wordplay working C.M.W in. The next decade was never the same, until 1998’s Rhythm-Al-Ism.

This is a worthy listen, setting the stage for The Midnight Life
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