Compton, California musician DJ Quik detailed his time spent at a handful of record labels early in his career, during a recent interview on Sway In The Morning.
According to DJ Quik, he first signed with Suge Knight and D.O.C.’s Funky Enough label in 1989. He eventually left the label for Profile Records following a bidding war between Profile Records and Select Records.
Quik recalled signing a deal with Profile Records for $125,000, an amount he says was “significant” when he signed to the label in 1990.
“Actually, the first time I got together with Suge was way before I got a record deal,” DJ Quik said. “It was like 1989. He and D.O.C. started a label called Funky Enough. They signed us…He was Suge back then. That was before Death Row. Before he even met Dre. He was just Suge, you know? I ended—I got out of the deal with Suge and ended up getting into a bidding war between Select Records and Profile Records [in] 1990. And ended up going with Profile. They outbid Select. I ended up being the highest signing that they ever did to that day…I wanted to sign with [Eazy-E], but E and them was busy.”
DJ Quik spoke briefly on the Death Row Records era, referring to that time as “significant.” He says that Suge used the power he gained in his career to make Death Row a place where artists who “weren’t getting taken care of in the industry” could go.
“It was significant,” he said when asked about the Death Row era. “I think at that point Suge was just—He became real powerful from Interscope…Suge wanted to look out for all the artists he felt weren’t getting taken care of in the industry. So, that’s why we all gravitated towards him…At that point I was going through it with Profile. Profile had this thing where [when] they didn’t want to pay you they put you on suspension. ‘My artist is on suspension.’ So, I stayed on suspension because they didn’t want to pay me. It was just weird, so Suge stepped in. Became my manager.”
In addition to speaking on Death Row and Suge Knight, DJ Quik also offered his thoughts on Lil Wayne and Chris Brown’s alleged ties to the Bloods gang. He called the pair’s alleged ties both “honoring” and “laughable.”
“It’s kind of honoring, but it’s laughable too at the same time,” Quik said, according to AllHipHop. “They don’t really know what that shit is about. We took that shit way seriously. We were trying to survive through that shit. They got it too easy.”
DJ Quik’s interview can be found below (via AllHipHop).