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DJ Quik Reflects On Tupac’s All Eyez On Me Album

DJ Quik along with HI-C appeared on 93.5 KDay and interviews by Romeo. Among the topics discussed was Kush Groove 2019, Nipsey Hussle and Tupac Shakur.

DJ Quik who worked on Tupac’s iconic album All Eyez On Me, reflected on helping put the album together.

“All Eyez On Me is one of my favorite 1990s albums because I got to party with Tupac and at least try to talk to him. Calm him down,” Quik tells Romeo. “Just watchin’ him go in and kill every record like that, whether the mic was on or not, he was just on.”

“From my session, Tupac would run to Dre’s. Go from there and go to Johnny J’s session, be in there for two hours. Finish and then just be walking around the hallway in a Versace shirt with a bottle of Hennessy like, ‘Ni**a, who else? Ni**a, I’m wipin’ all this sh*t down! We couldn’t go home. It was like, he’s got a message to relay, we’re gonna let him relay it,” added Quick.

It’s been well documented that when Tupac signed to Death Row records and released from prison, Suge Knight shifted his focus on Tupac. All new material would be added to Tupac’s new album.

Material such as California Love which was suppose to be on Dre’s solo album. (Listen To California Love Solo Dr. Dre Version) Another song ‘Got My Mind Made Up’ was originally set for the Dogg Pound album but would end up on All Eyez On Me. Redman who was featured on the song, spoke to HipHopDX about how the song came to be on Tupac’s album. (Watch Redman Talk About Being Featured On All Eyez On Me Album)

DJ Quik explained the dedication from the label to ensure Tupac would complete the album as soon as possible. “Dre stayed overtime. I stayed overtime. Daz and Kurupt, Method Man, Johnny J, and Death Row engineer Dave Aron, rest in peace. Snoop and everybody stayed overtime for this ni**a to get that sh*t off,” says DJ Quick.

Quik acknowledged the magnitude of the double album and its impact on the culture, “It was the biggest record in Hip-Hop, at that time. For a long time, it was the Thriller of hip hop. Yeah, I put my fingerprints all over it. Although I have this say this: we’re gonna keep it real. Dr. Dre pulled me to the side, and he gave me some advice. He was like, ‘Dude, you need to turn the f*ckin’ vocals up. Don’t keep them sh*ts down. We ain’t makin’ Jazz music.’ I’m like [snaps fingers], ‘Got it! Vocals up! All the time! Aight Dre!”

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