DJ Quik Tells All: The Stories Behind his Classic Records

DJ Quik "Pitch In on a Party" (1999)

Producer: DJ Quik
Album: Balance & Options
Label: Arista

DJ Quik: “Basically the 'Bounce Rock Skate Roll' drum break—the actual drum break—with a couple of melodic Rhodes chords. We call it, finger the notes in succession. So just a couple of Rhodes chords. Wrote a hook that I thought would make sense.

"If you listen to it and look at the video, I was kind of over partying at that point. It was cool, but it was like, the things that could go wrong with throwing what we used to call house parties back then, now they call them kickbacks, the kids.

"It's so funny—that was a song about the personal kickbacks, incurring all the costs to having these parties to celebrate. Because my thing was always celebrating. I don't know why I was so crazy about celebrating.

"I guess I was just happy to be alive, going up through all that fucking trauma, all the traumatic shit growing up watching people get killed when I was 14. I even seen a dead body when I was eight years old. Who wants to see that shit, know what I mean?

"So I was doing a lot of that kind of music to offset the darkness that was going on, because we were losing people back and forth. I was going to so many funerals. Some funerals I didn't even go to, I was like, 'I'm burnt.'

“So my thing was, 'Let's party, everybody bring some shit, bring some food, I'll get the liquor, I'll buy food. I've got my fucking $10,000 speaker system in the house. Let's turn this motherfucker out until the cops come.' And that's kind of what it was. I threw some of the best parties ever, until when I got tired of people stealing shit or breaking my shit, or I'm trying to get fucking wine out of the powder-blue carpet.

"When people started asking me 'So when are we throwing another party?' I said, We ain't throwing no more parties. 'What??' We ain't partying no more, that's it. I got kids now. I can't party. I'm married. I can't even kick it. Motherfuckers like, 'Aww fuck that!' People get mad and shit.

"That was Balance & Options, which was the record that didn't sell as much as the other ones. Music started to change. Downloads came in around that time, that's when the MP3 thing started to explode, more than just Shawn Fanning and Napster.

"People started stealing music and the business was changing. Couple years after that Arista went through a big change. I went through a big change, I wanted to go independent. That song kind of ushered in my second career, or that album did.”

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