Producer: DJ Quik
Album: Paid The Cost
Label: Ruthless Records/Priority
DJ Quik: “Imagine being in the studio with Eric Wright at his prime, when money didn't matter. Where it was like, you know, you've got this guy—I was a little bit star-struck. Like, this guy likes me? This motherfucker sells a million records a year, probably more than that. He's grossing a little over a million dollars a month. And he's hanging out with me!
"He's coming to the studio, we're smoking weed together, we're talking about the bitches we hate—bitches that we really love, but they don't respect who the fuck we are, so we're putting them all in records and shit. And hanging out.
The Penthouse Players Clique thing got a little bit messy because they brought ... killers, dope dealers, robbers into the fold. And it made for a pretty uncomfortable recording environment.
“I really wanted that to be more than just their album. The Penthouse Players Clique was my first group that I was in. They're actually the ones that told me I should do something with 2nd II None. I really didn't want to work with 2nd II None because they were stupid. KK was cool, but Dion was a hot-head.
"My thing was, I don't want to bring them too close to me because they've got issues. Every time they come to the studio they've got bullet holes in their car. We fly. I'm a fly motherfucker. I don't get shot at because I don't do anything for motherfuckers to shoot at me. But these motherfuckers is coming to the studio with bullet holes in the car and crazy stories, and when you're with them you get shot at because they have that ignorant thing about them. Player Hamm told me I should go ahead and sign them!
“I did that for them because I went solo after I started getting into it with Playa Hamm and Tweed Cadillac, I started growing, and I felt like I was growing at a faster pace than everybody else, but I wanted to bring them along with me because these are my homeboys, but they just weren't delivering what I thought everybody wanted to hear.
"The Penthouse Players Clique thing got a little bit messy because they brought what would ultimately be the protocol; you bring niggas from the hood into your business.
"These are pretty unsavory people. So Player Hamm and them are bringing some killers, dope dealers, robbers into the fold. And it made for a pretty uncomfortable recording environment.
“And me, in my heart, I believe that there could have been more songs on the Penthouse Players Clique album, I think that Eazy was just hot on me and signed them because of me. I'm just being real—I know that's what it was. Because he figured, Quik's got the midas touch, just let Quik do it or whatever.
"It ended up being a classic album, but as far as my standards, I think if there could have been a more comfortable work environment, not so much tension, not too much personal nigga shit.
"I think that could have been a much bigger record, a much brighter record, and a better-mixed record overall. But the experience, with fucking with Eazy-E? I'll be smiling in my coffin when I die. That was one of the nicest, smartest, most brilliant, most bright individuals I've ever come across.”