During a pit-stop in Los Angeles for DJ Quik and Scarface‘s joint The Live Experience concert, which kicked off earlier this month, HHDX caught up with the Compton legend to pick his brain on how he and ‘Face met, detailing a world tour in 1991 with MC Hammer, Chubb Rock, Kris Kross, Ice Cube and the Geto Boys—where the two’s brotherhood officially kicked off.
Quik also revealed how the tour came to fruition, while working on Mike WiLL Made-It‘s artist Earz‘s project. “[Scarface] came in and picked up a guitar, and he started playing.” (For those who don’t know, ‘Face learned to play the guitar while growing up in a band, noting reggae singer Johnny Nash as his cousin in this Noisey profile).
DJ Quik was taken aback by his proficiency with the guitar, saying “He killed it,” before breaking out into an impromptu session, with Quik on the drums. “We all knew it from that point, it was like ‘Bro we still do this. This is what we are. We’re musicians, and people need to see this.'”
After a few rehearsals, the two brainstormed on ideas for setlists, with each artist performing two songs a piece.
However, the most exciting news from the interview arrived when Quik revealed the two are working on collaborative projects. “I think an EP first. Because, you know, my ADD won’t let me do a whole album no more. Scarface and I, we’re working on an EP actually. We’re actually recording every show that we do into Pro Tools, all stemmed out.”
“We’re gonna listen back to it,” he continued. “[We’ll] see how we feel about it after the tour is done. In the mean time, in the interim, we’re writing lyrics and making music on the bus. It just makes sense for this to be an EP. Not to just sell – like ‘Oooh’ let’s put a record out, but it’s to congeal this whole experience and give it to people.”
Eventually, Scarface showed up to sing DJ Quik’s praises. “In my opinion, I think Quik is the best f*cking mixer, producer-engineer.” He also disclosed a bit of some surprising news, saying he’ll be retiring his name in August of 2018—which will mark his 30th anniversary in the game since 1988’s Geto Boys album Making Trouble—instead choosing to go by his government name, Brad Jordan.
Watch the entire, must-see interview above.