DJ Quik Tells All: The Stories Behind his Classic Records

DJ Quik "Summer Breeze" (1995)/DJ Quik "Summer Breeze (Remix)" (1995)

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

DJ Quik "Summer Breeze" (1995)

DJ Quik "Summer Breeze (Remix)" (1995)


DJ Quik: “I was a big fan of Philadelphia International. One of my boys had this guy who sang like Teddy a little bit—not really, nobody could sing like Teddy—but one of them churchy voices.

"I figured, if we can get away with the sample—if we can clear it or whatever—let's sample it, freak it, give it that thing. Because before that, the only other thing that got sampled by Teddy was 'Love TKO' with Ahmad, 'Back in the Day,' released on Jive Records.

 

I saw so much death I ended up drinking to suppress that shit. It was just too much. I figured, hell, I wasn't the only one who grew up in a neighborhood where that sh*t was prominent.

 

“That was back when Profile Records gave me a lot of leeway to experiment. But I prefer the original with the Jermaine Jackson drums and my boy Robert Bacon on the guitar. If you notice, all my records—even from the beginning—are tinged with death. I saw a lot of death.

"As a matter of fact, I saw so much death I ended up drinking to suppress that shit. It was just too much. I figured, hell, I wasn't the only one who grew up in a neighborhood where that shit was prominent. Not so much in L.A., as it was in Compton. But it was what it was.

"'Summer Breeze' was like an obituary. It was dark, it was sullen. And kind of, in a sense, melancholy. But I always kept a bright-side kind of attitude when I did records like that. Obviously, I don't do records like that anymore, because they're passe. Everybody's dying. Even I'm gonna die. I don't give a fuck no more. We can talk about the next record.”

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