Exclusive: For the first time, Quik provides his full accounting of what happened when law enforcement initially pursued him for the murder of Biggie Smalls.
Like many skeptical observers of the recent release of F.B.I. files related to the long-mired investigation into the murder of The Notorious B.I.G., one of the initial targets of law enforcement for the crime too believes that the content of those files contain propaganda purposefully contrived for public view, while the feds continue to withhold valuable information from the masses regarding the murder.
“They know who killed that man,” scoffed DJ Quik in response to those files before concluding his recent eye-popping interview with HipHopDX. “You know they picked me up for questioning about that shit before?”
In 1998, at the conclusion of his third verse to “You’z A Ganxta,” Quik briefly referenced the Los Angeles Police Department’s initial suspicions of his involvement in the shooting.
While the L.A.P.D. sought out Quik to question him about his ownership of the same make and model car seen by eyewitnesses speeding away from the scene of the shooting, they never interviewed their then fellow L.A.P.D. officer David Mack. Mack, who also owned an Impala fitting the description of the alleged shooter’s vehicle, is the man onetime lead detective on the case, Russell Poole, has long suspected of arranging the hit on The Notorious B.I.G.
Following the murder, one of the immediate reports from a reliable Hip Hop media source, veteran Bay Area-based journalist Davey D, documented the initial speculation that surrounded DJ Quik, noting,
His association to then Death Row Records CEO Marion "Suge" Knight, and both men’s open affiliations to Piru Blood gang sets, further fueled speculation that both were somehow involved in the slaying of Biggie Smalls.
Quik however has long claimed an otherwise innocuous connection to his childhood surroundings, as evidenced on his new album, The Book of David, with the punctuation to one of his “Poppin’” bars: “Party at the St. Regis multipurpose room wit’ a grip, Blood.”
But regardless of the Compton, California native’s associations, past or present, the recent document dump by the F.B.I. is in the opinion of many much like the misguided pursuit of a fellow artist for the murder of B.I.G.: just another distraction.
“Of course [it is],” agreed Quik. “Unfortunately, we really did lose – we lost the essence of Hip Hop. We lost the core. Hip Hop [became] a very expensive sports car body without an engine.”
Quik’s revelations above regarding the L.A.P.D.’s attempt to possibly pin the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. on him, along with all of the other jaw-dropping revelations he made to HipHopDX, were not supposed to surface during an interview, but rather from Quik’s own pen.
“I was gonna write a book,” he explained of the origins of The Book of David concept, “and chronicle my life, and use some names that people can relate to and whatever. Then I thought about it, How important are my memoirs when Hip Hop don’t give a fuck about me? So, I’m thinking it makes no sense to write a book.”
Quik instead decided to share his “Killer Dope” stories of struggle and survival at various points during his new audio diary. ...