Under Tha Influence (2002)
“At this point, L.A. Reid was coming into the Arista Record situation, and it was time for me to go. Amicably we supposedly split. But then I saw a press release that said Arista dropped DJ Quik. So I guess that’s what amicably means [laughs]. I still had a lot of money on that contract, but I was ready to become a label owner. I scouted around for some independent labels to try to align myself with, and the only real game in town was Bungalo Records, which was started by Paul Ring. So I’m thinking being independent I was going to sell about 200,000 records and get that independent money so I could build a studio compound. I was looking at my peers like DeVante Swing who had acres and acres of fucking land and studio space with all his toys in there. I was trying to do that, but I didn’t know Paul Ring and them had a shady way of doing business.
I ended up getting fucked on that Bungalo deal. It blew up in my face. That was pretty much a big mistake in my career. Even my lawyer advised me not to do it. I put my foot in the quicksand. But ultimately I got it together and went to Warner Bros. to do some A&R work. They had a great staff and great people. I was living in New York at this point. I started making music with Wyclef Jean and them. I was just trying to align myself with people that I am like. I was ready to take it to the next level at Warner Bros., but in comes Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles, so I was out. That whole thing just proved to me that I needed to have my own label.”