DJ Quik On “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”

DJ Quik On "People's Party With Talib Kweli"

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, songwriter, DJ, record-producer, and West Coast icon:


Here’s what they got into:

  • The essential role that Quik played in the success story of Talib and Hi-Tek
  • Quik’s approach of getting the best out of everyone while building in the studio
  • Powering through a show the same night he took a spill off his motorcycle
  • His Compton, California upbringing, and being the youngest of 10 kids
  • Navigating the gang violence in community, trying to stay creative
  • What made P-Funk so influential to the West Coast sound
  • Being raided by the cops three times and tensions with his sister
  • Never wanting to join a gang even though all his friends were Bloods
  • The impact of his infamous ‘Red Tape’ sold locally before his record deal
  • The genius and charisma of Eazy-E and his friendship with Quik
  • Creating the Eazy-E tribute track, “Quikker Said Than Dunn”
  • How the iconic track, “Tonite”, came together over a weekend of partying
  • The signature “Quik’s Grooves” that became a tradition for years
  • Quik’s love for St. Louis after making it a second home while touring
  • Stumbling across Talib and Hi-Tek’s “The Blast” while on a mushroom trip
  • A machine gun put to his face during a dispute over a 2Pac bootleg tape
  • Performing the MC Eiht diss track, “Dollaz & Sense”, at the Source Awards
  • Progressing to making “You’z A Ganxta”, and his ‘Rhythm-Al-Ism’ album
  • Deciding to stop touring over having to wear bulletproof vests at shows
  • Suge Knight having Pac and Quik to settle their differences in the weight room
  • Suga Free’s cadence on stage and and connecting him to Richard Pryor
  • Quik’s ‘Balance & Options’ and why he has a hard time revisiting the album
  • The greatness of Tony! Toni! Toné!’s Raphael Saadiq and his conceptualism
  • Finding out that D’Angelo is a beast on the basketball court
  • Quik and Raphael Saadiq recording “Let’s Get Down”
  • Recording to analog vs. digital and the magic of magnetic tape
  • Using the natural reverb from claps in the bathroom for “We Still Party”
  • Talib and Quik’s mutual love for A Tribe Called Quest and Ice Cube
  • Quik’s chef hand and how he likes to hook up his Gumbo
  • What we can expect next from DJ Quik

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