MC Eiht Explains How He & DJ Quik Recorded Their Historic Collaborations (Audio)
In April, DJ Quik and Problem released the full-length edition of their Rosecrans album, building on their EP of the same title (dropped a year prior). Notably, the 12 track Compton-made LP featured an unexpected guest: MC Eiht.
Decades ago, what began as a Rap beef between Quik and Eiht reportedly inspired real confrontation on the streets of Compton. Although it was eventually squashed, the two Hub City veterans never worked together until recently. Eiht detailed how the long overdue collaboration came about to the Murder Master Music Show.
As it turns out, their coming together wasn’t as planned as one might assume. Apparently, the Compton’s Most Wanted front-man wasn’t even aware he’d be linking with his former rival until on his way to record with Problem. “I had no idea that [DJ] Quik was gonna even be there,” Eiht explains. “I just happened to be on my way to the studio, and then [Problem] told me Quik was gon’ come through, and I said, ‘Okay, that’s cool.'”
The legends, who had long since made peace, began discussing ideas. “We sat and we talked, and we had a few drinks and smoked a little bit,” recalls the artist who’s releasing Which Way Iz West later this month (June 30). “I ended up getting on two songs on the Rosecrans project.” Those tracks became the album’s closers: “Central Ave” and “Funny How Ni**as Gon Change Things,” featuring Pomona O.G. Suga Free, posted below:
“Just being two pioneers of West Coast music, and trying to uplift Compton and keep [the city’s Rap tradition] going, it was only right for us to do the sh*t, and maybe do more sh*t in the future,” Eiht concludes.
While Quik is not a guest on Which Way Iz West, the LP boasts appearances by Kurupt, The Lady Of Rage, B-Real, Bumpy Knuckles and more.