DJ Quik Reminisces About Working With Tupac On “All Eyez On Me”: It Was The Biggest Record In Hip-Hop
Dj Quik was at KDAY radio station in Los Angeles and he recalled the special moments he had working with Tupac on his “All Eyez On Me” album. Quik whose real name is David Marvin Blake, mixed and produced a track on Pac’s All Eyez On Me as well as posthumous records. He said:
“[All Eyez On Me is] one of my favorite [1990s albums] because I got to party with [Tupac], and at least try to talk to him, calm him down.”
“Just watchin’ him go in and kill every record like that, whether the mic was on or not, he was just on. Then he’d pop up with people. You’d be like, ‘You hangin’ out with this ni**a?'”
“It was a whos-who of people. All your favorite people. [From my session, Tupac would] run to Dre’s. Go from there and go to Johnny J’s session, be in there for two hours, finish and then just be walking around the hallway in a Versace shirt with [a bottle of] Hennessy like, ‘Ni**a, who else? Ni**a, I’m wipin’ all this sh*t down! We couldn’t go home. It was like, he’s got a message to relay, we’re gonna let him relay it. Dre stayed overtime. I stayed overtime. Daz and Kurupt, Method Man, Johnny J, and [Death Row engineer] Dave Aron, rest in peace, Snoop—everybody stayed overtime for this ni**a to get that sh*t off.”
“It was the biggest record in Hip-Hop, at that [time]. For a long time, it was the Thriller of hip hop.”
“Yeah, I put my fingerprints all over it. Although I have this say this: we’re gonna keep it real. Dr. Dre pulled me to the side, and he gave me some advice. He was like, ‘Dude, you need to turn the f*ckin’ vocals up. Don’t keep them sh*ts down. We ain’t makin’ Jazz music.’ I’m like [snaps fingers], ‘Got it! Vocals up! All the time! Aight Dre!’”
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