DJ Quik Blames Tupac's Death & Death Row's Fall On Travon Lane

DJ Quik calls Travon Lane an instigator, says Suge Knight isn't to blame for Death Row's downfall.

A number of different factors could have possibly played a role in the fall of the Suge Knight-founded Death Row Records, but for Compton rapper DJ Quik, the label’s downfall can be attributed to one man in particular. Speaking exclusively with at Gentleman Jack's Art Beats & Lyrics tour stop in Atlanta, DJ Quik blamed the fall of the label on Travon Lane, a Death Row affiliate and alleged gang member.

According to DJ Quik, on top of ultimately bringing down the label, Lane was responsible for a fight which took place between Tupac Shakur, his entourage and Orlando Anderson the night the rapper was gunned down in Las Vegas.

“It wasn’t Suge that brought down Death Row either. It was Travon Lane, bitch ass,” said DJ Quik. “Scary ass nigga got that chain took and then got Tupac in there fighting. And then that’s how Tupac got shot. Because Travon Lane—he was like the little bully. He was like an instigator. It’s always the one that don’t mean nothing that bring the whole house of cards down. Travon Lane, you ought to be real proud of yourself. You’s a bitch ass nigga. Nigga, you fucked it up for everybody.”

Anderson was reportedly a person of interest in the murder of Tupac. He was killed in a shootout, which took place well over a year after Tupac was gunned down in Vegas.

DJ Quik previously spoke on his relationship with the late Tupac during a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times. The rapper recalled the influence Tupac’s tenacious nature had on his work ethic.

“Before I met Pac, I saw his tenacity, which was insanely fierce toward the end of his life,” said Quik. “I always saw my songs one at a time, until I recorded with him and I started making 14 a day just [messing] with him. I’d been doing my thing for a long time at that point and I was like, ‘Who is this fire starter to get me to change the way I did my business?’ He really made me figure out the best usage of my available time, and got me on a wholly new personal clock directed toward constantly making music.”

DJ Quik served as an in-house producer at Death Row Records during the ‘90s and has also produced records for Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, and more.

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  • Anonymous

    First off none of you stupid mutha fuckas know what ya'll talking about AND his name is spelled wrong. DJ Quik you are the bitch..You waited all of these years to talk shit when Tre ain't around. I know for a fact he checked suga free over some shit.. A bitch he is far from..I have known him personally for a long time so ain't no speculation here. You speak with mutha fucka's behind you..i know of many solo missions he has been on and stop fronting...with your scary mark ass...You know he ain't local thats why you talking shit but if he don't know he will now...and everybody talking that FBI stuff..ya'll watch too many's far from a snitch..this is hilarious...I see how people stay in trouble..mutha fuckas talk too much and don't even know this man..Funny!

  • Brian

    Travon Lane was the gang member who had his chain taken by Orlando Anderson and his rival crip crew at the Lakewood Mall about a month earlier. It just so happen that Orlando was at the Tyson and Seldon fight as well and Travon pointed him out to Tupac - "That's the guy who took my chain." Pac immediately went up to Orlando and asked, "You from the South?" Before Orlando could even answer, Pac decked the fuck out of him. Later on that nigh, Orlando and his crew got retaliation by doing a drive-by on Pac and Suge. Suge lived..Pac died...

  • Anonymous

    Pops to Quick for calling this fruit out--must have done it in the streets now outting the motherfucking on the web and whatever media. Kids, this what gang life is about, surrounding yourselves with a bunch of cowards that a little girl could fuck up in a second.

  • Edubb

    People still missing the point. Tupac's death had nothing to do gangs, chain snatching, or any of that bullshit!! Suge and a select few (and I mean a selct few) know exactly why Pac was murdered!!!

  • The Nu Troll

    Cee-Lo & Rick Ross presents Rape Gang 1. Mollys and Champagne 2. She didn't even know it (remix) 3. Against her will 4. We got set up ft. Tupac 5. It won't hurt ft. Mack Maine 6. Just like Daddy ft. Birdman & Lil Wayne 7. Can't get no pussy 8. Gonna take it by force 9. It's mines 10. X and Sex 11. Fuck sumthin 12. Bout that rape life Bonus Tracks 13. Roopie Rap 14. Liquid Love (GHB anthem) This shit will go platinum!!! lol!!! Supported by pervs and lames who get no pussy everywhere.

  • Now

    Casting blame now wouldnt help or change anything way to late man, the world lost 2 of the greatest rapper of all time over niggaz not knowing how to act, RIP to Pac and Big. and we still haven wake up.

  • What

    Man everyone is to be blame when you got niggaz running around and no one checking them, telling them to stop just chill out and do music, what the hell you think was going to happen soon or later, From suge all the way down the were all running around acting like bullies

  • Anonymous

    who cares? every label falls. so get over it and stop saying Pac is the best there are 100 mcs who are better then pac if we talk about: freestyle, flows. techniec and shit. Pac was good but not special.

    • pewpew

      I would take big L over pac any day of the week....

    • what

      Crazy! Nigga only about 10 rapper who have that gift, Nigga i can not find one that even come close to been gifted as Pac was. He always will be a Legends.

    • Anonymous

      Ha ha at your comment that Pac was not special. He was 25 when he died....25!!!! With all the content he has and still talked about today. Legends never die buddy. There may be better MCs but can never hold a legacy as Pac. There are only about 10 rappers who have that gift

  • ryba

    did yall listen to the makaveli album, did yall listen to the song aint hard to find and niggaz done changed? and so on? come on people Tupac was a genius. Makaveli lives on.

  • jurufromthaway

    Travon Lane was one of a few federal agents or paid off inside men who were part of the FBI infiltration and investigation of DeathRow Records. I guarantee that.

  • jurufromthaway

    Truth is the FBI killed Pac. When they started seeing the influence he had and when he was talking about getting all the O.G.'s to unite and getting the gang members to form a political party, They didnt like that. Its actually on public file that the fbi was spying on Tupac and had an open investigation on him. The guy who was in the hotel with him when he got hit with a rape charge was a federal agent. They probably had agents in jail in Tupacs ear telling him Biggie shot him. Its levels to this life shit, secret codes and certain things people in power dont want to see. They didnt like that killuminati philosophy either, the more helpless and divided you feel the more easily they can control you. Believe that. Its a reason why Jay Z has illuminati symbolism in his videos, its certain laws to this shit. But you all are probably gonna think im a normal person commenting on a hip-hop site lol. Peace.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      you are the definition of sheep...the car got shot up by orlando anderson and the guys he was with...go do something constructive with your life instead of wasting your time on conspiracy theories...

    • Anonymous

      Clown, Haitian Jack is no snitch, you keep babling about shit you don't know. Motherfucker sued Pac's folks and won, dummy.damn fruit.

    • Young Guwop

      You're correct. It was a federal informant which named Haitian Jack was around Pac in 94 during the "rape" incident. Plus Jimmy Henchmen another federal informant got Pac set up and shot that same yr. The Feds sent rats Pac's way and that's what got him killed. Against All Odds calls them out.

    • keebjonesy

      REAL TALK many cats think that Illuminati world is fake. There is a dark and light side. It just so happens the powers to be like the dark power, so in turn this is the world you live in.

  • Anonymous

    west coast killed pac and big case closed

  • Anonymous

    "right, cause you know better than he does" Apparently so. I'm alive.

  • kennyken

    intelligent and talented man right there

  • Anonymous

    Pac is to blame for acting like a fake thug. Suge had that planned since day 1. He was just waiting to see when Pac would try and leave the label. For all of Pac's supposed knowledge, it's crazy how he got played so bad.

    • Anonymous

      your an suge told the shooter "ok im gunna be in the passenger seat just make sure you dont hit me when you shoot at pac"

    • Young Guwop

      Pac was too trusting of people and a bit naive. Plus latched onto Death Row because they were fuckin with him during a time where damn near everybody deserted him due to the rape case and him being in prison. He was so smart with books and not street smart to know game and common sense about shit.

    • Anonymous

      right, cause you know better than he does.

  • Anonymous

    man quik just said some very controversial shit

  • ChosunDeez

    Travon Lane aka Tray got his Deathrow chain took at the lakewood mall by SSCC a month before what happened in Vegas..

  • Baby Lane

    Don't matter much now, we got to kill Biggie to make us feel better about losing Tupac.

  • Fast Fat Ass

    Deep words from brother Quik. Respect.

  • Anonymous

    fuck that of course suge is involved in pac's death and the downfall of death row maybe travon lane has something to do with it, but don't tell me suge ain't got nothin to do with it

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