The Book of David → DJ Quik (2011)
“When I got into trouble and went to jail (On June 21, 2006, DJ Quik was convicted of the physical assault of his sister and sentenced to five months in prison. The incident happened in 2003 after police reported that Quik’s sister was extorting him.) I started to write my book. I wanted to call it The Book of David. I thought I was at the end of my life at that point. I was going to end up dead or in jail and I ended up in jail, so maybe God was trying to say something to me. Maybe I needed to start listening and stop being drunk and stop being hard headed. That’s when I decided to pen my book. But when I started remembering shit that happened to me when I was five-years-old, I dropped the pencil because it was too painful to look back at.
I wanted to tell the back-story of every record I ever made and what motivated me from heartbreak to being homeless. I went through all that shit. But I realized it would be easier for me to just put it to song. I don’t even have to write songs anymore. I just start rapping. What I was doing was having a catharsis. I was letting all the bullshit go. There’s no weird music on The Book of David. This shit is all barebones and factual. It’s not going to go over somebody’s head. I have Ice Cube on it…Dweli, Bun B…I got all these top names on it.
We had the album ready to go last year, but it got held up for the samples. Now usually, I would be cavalier about samples in the past and let them come after me. But I was proactive this time. I sampled Angela Bofill and the Grease Lightening soundtrack. I knew it was going to be expensive but I wanted to get them cleared. Now the clearance is coming through and the record is mixed. Now usually I would just hand the album in and say, ‘I’m done with it.’ But this time, I listened to it with objective ears. I listened to it as both DJ Quik and David Blake. I hope that’s not bi-polar [laughs].
The song ‘Hydromatic’ is pretty dope. It’s a club record and the kids really bug out to it. My headspace is different. I’m in a much more calm place. We are really showing off with this record. My other favorite records are ‘Real Women’ with Jon B, ‘Ghetto Rendezvous’ and ‘Luv of My Life.’ I have a record on the new album with the late Gary Shider from Parliament. Him and Bernie Worrell, the P-Funk All-stars, came to one of my recording sessions and turned my life upside down with the funk.
Lo and behold I found an artist in Detroit while I was DJing out there. Somebody slipped me his work and I played it right there on the spot. He grabbed the mic and started rapping. His name is Gift Reynolds. He looks like Drake, but sounds like me. I want people to know that my life and my music were plagued with mistakes. But sometimes mistakes are beautiful. Sometimes they are life changing. I’m not perfect. I’ve fucked up a lot. I got scars that will take an autopsy to remove. But I grew. I’m trying to be the man that I am and just grow. I want to be remembered as one of the greats; to be up there where the Quincy Joneses are. I’m always working towards that.”