DJ Quik On Eazy-E: "I'm Living the Way I Am Because I Knew Eric Wright"
DJ Quik (aka David Blake) started making great music in the early '90s, and has been pumping out hits ever since. But Quik's been controversial over the years and has gone through his share of highs and lows. Now, though, he seems more confident in his skill than ever, which only means the best is yet to come from the Compton native. Ahead of his show with Suga Free at the City National Grove of Anaheim this Friday, Quik talked over the phone with us about setting the record straight about Eazy-E, why he feels like Batman, and the secret to his luxurious hair.
First of all, I've seen you several (eleven) times and your show is always brilliant! I assume there will be more of that at The Grove?
We're gonna kill that! Just let it be known that we're absolutely going to murder that! Everybody's gonna get their money's worth whether it's ten people or ten thousand.
Umm, I'm sure it'll be packed but I don't think The Grove holds ten thousand. Haha...
[Laughs.] It's only like a three thousand seater but if two hundred people come, it's gonna be the best thing they've ever seen!
I've always known you to be the best but it's nice to hear you feeling confident.
I'm really killing it, Ali. I'm so much better now. My band is the best band too. They put all others to shame! I'm tired of feeling like I can't do anything, it's boring. I'm a musician and one of the greatest from one of the greatest music eras ever. And to know that I helped influence everybody? Man! I've got so many records under my belt and I'm not even 45! I'm not even losing my hair!
That's a good thing because your hair is extra luxurious. Now we must know: cornrows or free flowing on Friday?
Well, I like my hair down lately because cornrows are what they are. I'm letting my hair be like the style of helium. [Laughs.] It's gonna be an anti-gravity hairdo. Why not? I'm going no static cling. I'm gonna rub my hair in them Downy fabric sheets! [Laughs.]
At least it'll smell amazing! Is it true you live in Michael Jackson's house or something like that?
I actually live on a street that Michael Jackson lived on in the '70s and '80s. I live on Michael Jackson's street! Get the fuck outta here! I'm the greatest!
I'm just shocked that you are just coming into what a great performer you are.
Well of course but, I never do these interviews with people. Like, I never get to talk candidly because everybody has preconceptions of the era I came up in. When I came up, it was all "New Jack Swing" and "Gangsta Rap." I just so happened to be a Gangsta Rapper who had New Jack Swing! You dig?