Producer: Diamond D
Album: Coast II Coast
Diamond D: “I met The Liks through an A&R at Loud Records. I don’t know if it was Matty C or my other man, but they reached out to me. They flew out to New York, and came up to the Bronx to hang out with me. I played them a couple of joints. The basic foundation of ‘Next Level’ was already made. Then we flew out to L.A. and recorded it.
“I wrote my verse right there on the spot, just so I could capture that moment and it could be fresh. We shot the video in downtown San Francisco at first, and then we rode out towards the Pacific to some National Park or something and shot some of the scenes out there too.
“They liked to party, but when it was time to work, it was time to work. It wasn’t like they were running around [getting drunk] with no discipline.
Me and The Liks stayed in touch all these years too. I’m supposed to be working on their new album. I did one joint with them already, and I think Kurupt is on it. I’m just waiting to hear the rough mix of it.”