BlaQKout → DJ Quik & Kurupt (2009)
“BlaQKout only happened because Snoop Dogg and I was done with Ego Trippin’. I asked Snoop, ‘Kurupt is on tour with you all year around…is it cool if I borrow him from you for a couple of weeks to do a record?’ Snoop gave me his blessings and me and Kurupt did a record as men. Not as the two Death Row inmates [laughs].
At this time, I was hanging out with Jay-Z’s engineer Guru. And we would talk about how we should be a production team because we knew how to see music all the way in its totality. I see the end game of most of my tracks. For example, the ‘9x's Outta 10’ record on BlaQKout was purposely some shit that no one had ever done. I was using plug-ins from other hosts and mixing them with other hosts in my Pro-Tools. So I would have native instruments playing Sony Pro-6 samples and dicing them up. It became this crazy amalgamation of new technology.
BlaQKout was just fun. It was not pretentious. It was me and Kurupt being mature. We were both gangsta rappers. But why just do a gangsta rap record? Especially when people are shunning it. Gangsta rap is not even selling. You even got the big dogs saying that gangsta rap is dead. These are the people that made a living off of it. So where do you go? You try something different. You even go pop or alternative. Kurupt was open to it. To hear some of those weird quirky tracks it brought him to a place where he was really comfortable. It was crazy to see Kurupt that comfortable. I don’t know if I was ready for critics when they started to call BlaQKout a classic just from being the black sheep of the hip-hop world. But I knew in my heart that it was a unique record. I knew it was a record that I could put on years later and still like it.”