DJ Quik Talks Prison Sentence, Compton Upbringing

June 8, 2011

 

Quik talks to LA Weekly about his 2006 prison sentence and his Compton upbringing.

Earlier this year, DJ Quik returned to music after a six-year absence with his latest album The Book of David. Now, in a recent interview with LA Weekly, the Compton legend opens up about his musical reemergence and emotional trials over the last few years.

Quik discussed his five-month prison sentence he served in 2006 for assault. He explained that he ended up in the bing after he allegedly pistol whipped his sister after she threatened to kidnap his children and extort $2 million from him. He also explained what it was like to do time and prison and dealing with other inmates.

“I snapped and blacked out,” he explained. “My schizophrenic sisterhad convinced her sons to extort $2 million from me or they were going to kidnap and kill my children. I love my kids. It went too far.”

He later added, “I waited for them to fuck with me [in prison], but they never followed up. I’m not a badass, but I ain’t gonna take shit from anyone. How am I going to let someone take my manhood?”

Quik’s prison sentence gave him time to reflect on his upbringing in Compton and the years he spent as a member of the Bloods. He said his sentence gave him a better perspective on his life and prompted him to pen an autobiography.

“After a few days, I realized that I’d been subjugat[ed] to horrible things that happened since childhood,” he noted. “Every memory was a different trauma. I wondered how I survived…you can’t comem through Compton and not know where the bones are buried.”

The full interview can be read here.

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