He shot to fame in the early ‘90s with R&B singles like Tonite and Born and Raised in Compton.
But by the time 2006 rolled around, DJ Quik was sitting in the big house, serving five months on assault and burglary charges. (In November 2003, he allegedly broke into his sister’s home and threat- ened her at gunpoint.)
Since that career low-point, the rapper – now known simply as “Quik” – has made quite the comeback. Last year, he produced Snoop Dogg’s Ego Trippin and more recently has been collab- orating with Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound.
In an exclusive interview with Hip Hop Entrepreneur this week, Quik (whose birth name is David Blake) tells host Tiffany Janay what he has been up to – and why the music biz is frightening the #$%! out of him.
“I’m kickin’ my label off again – Fonatana/Universal. It was stuck in ‘park’ for a minute because I’ve been in jail and couldn’t run a record company,” says the L.A.- based artist.
“But I’m not in jail now, b——. I’m out and we’re about to do it! Give me my money!
“The music industry has been going down gradually since 2000. This is the craziest, scariest thing ever. Because some people have made their living off of their music. But now, music is not even a commodity anymore. It’s a calling card to do other things.
“But if you use your music as your calling card to sell your brand, then I think you’ll have longevity in this industry.”
To hear Quik’s full interview, click here.