DJ Quik Tells All: The Stories Behind his Classic Records

DJ Quik "Dollaz + Sense" (1995)

Producer: DJ Quik
Album: Safe + Sound
Label: Profile

DJ Quik: “In hindsight, I was really angry at that point. I started to get a little bit bitter. I started to feel like I was being taken for granted by the people around me. I started losing things. I was getting into unnecessary fist fights with these idiots in the hood. I'm pistol-whipping niggas now. I'm really out of my mind with anger.

 

I used to be in the studio recording that record with pistols around me. I'd have them up on the podium where the lyrics were. I'd have a Glock up there, or a .380, my little Taurus PT92, my nine millimeters. I was just on one, because of all the bullsh*t that my celebrity brought with it.

 

"But these niggas deserved it. Bitch-ass niggas trying to steal from me, trying to punk me and shit. I don't take that punk shit too well. I'd just whip out my pistol, and it's like, 'What you really want to do motherfucker? If you want to die, we can arrange that.'

"I used to be in the studio recording that record with pistols around me. I'd have them up on the podium where the lyrics were. I'd have a Glock up there, or a .380, my little Taurus PT92, my nine millimeters. I was just on one, because of all the bullshit that my celebrity brought with it.

“The reality was, I was getting off on a lot of niggas. Not just MC Eiht. I was getting off on my fake security motherfuckers, just the way the shit was going. The unsavory people that certain people in my camp was bringing around.

"I had good people in my camp like Top Dog Daryl Reed, who actually helped me write 'Dollaz and Sense.' Daryl is a co-writer, his name is Top Dog. He's like my personal assistant, personal manager. Just like my brother. He wrote the hook. He gave me the whole concept for it, and he listened to a couple beats and he picked the 'Dollaz and Sense' beat, he was like, 'This gonna be a hot record Quik. Trust me, this is gonna make some noise.'

"He was a player, he was one of them fly guys. He actually looked like Sean 'Puffy' Combs. He was one of them goateed...he used to hang out with Ice T, they was running buddies in the early '80s. He sat there with me. He watched how long it went.

“At the same time I'm writing that record, I've got people in my personal life I'm trying to help get on, and they're not helping me. We were just watching people use my situation. 'Dollaz and Sense' wasn't just about MC Eiht, it was about a whole bunch of people around that time. I was really on one.

"That was the time when road rage was popping real big. Whenever I was rollin' in the Benz or rolling in my Lexus or in my trucks—whatever. I always kept the pistol because motherfuckers would shoot you back then, just because they saw you. It was a real weird, dark time.

"I was just feeling all the angst of all of that aggression. That record still has all that aggression in it too. When I perform it today it doesn't hit as hard, because obviously I'm not that angry any more. But it's still a hit record. Point taken, fuckin' point taken. Long live 'Dollaz and Sense.'”

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