The Fixxers
Can’t Get Enough

fixxers1.jpgIn the confines of San Bernardino County’s West Valley Detention Center, DJ Quik did some soul searching. It was the summer of 2006 and Quik was spending time in prison on a parole violation. The charges stemmed from an incident where he allegedly pulled a gun on his sister back in 2003. The production legend was ordered to serve 45 days in jail on the weekends, but after failing to report, he was thrown in the pen for five months.

Quik used his incarceration as motivation. Upon his release in October 2006, the self-proclaimed “mad scientist” went into the studio with longtime friend and collaborator AMG and formed a duo called The Fixxers. The veteran MCs soon released their first song, “Can You Werk Wit Dat,” to local radio and the record started to generate a buzz, catching the attention of Interscope Records. The monstrous label promptly signed The Fixxers making it the first time that either Quik or AMG had been signed to a major in almost 10 years.

DJ Quik and AMG helped lay the foundation for West Coast hip-hop. Quik’s influence dates back to his platinum debut in 1991, Quik is the Name. The veteran MC then went on to release six more solo albums in the next 15 years while also producing for everyone from 2Pac, to Snoop Dogg to Jay-Z.

AMG hit the scene in 1991 with his debut album, Give a Dog Bone. But 1992’s gold album, Bitch Betta Have My Money, was his coming out party. With pimped out lyrics and party anthems like “Jiggable Pie,” and the DJ Quik produced “Nu Exasize,” the album was hailed by many as a West Coast classic. AMG’s success, however, was short lived. His following two albums: Ballin’ Out Of Control (1995) and Bitch Betta Have My Money 2001 didn’t fair as well.
Now, after working together for over a decade, the Compton, CA natives are releasing their group album, The Midnight Life, this summer. XXLMag.com talks with The Fixxers to about what these veterans can bring back to the game.

How did the group form?
Quik: We always talked about it but never did it. We had obligations that wouldn’t let us together. We created these high maintenance worlds for ourselves that wouldn’t allow us to focus on it. But there’s a lull in the sound here and we realize, in a sense, that we play a part in the barometer of hip-hop on the West Coast.

How did this deal with Interscope for The Fixxers album come about?
AMG: They caught wind of what was going on. We had the radio stations smashing, “Can U Werk Wit Dat.” We actually went to Interscope first, then we were gonna do the deal at Warner Bros. It was one of those, who wants us type of thing. But the record has picked up speed. We started doing appearances and putting the songs into the shows we did. The crowd responded, the reps came out and saw it. It’s a good surprise and something that’s needed. The label [Interscope] was like, “Let’s see what these guys can do.”

What’s the vibe on Midnight Life? Is it more fun and partying?
AMG: Oh yeah, definitely. My thing has always been more of a party atmosphere. I keep it light because that’s the element [needed] to make this record work. Nobody is coming with deep messages. We’re not trying to save anybody. So I think the concept of this album is to just keep the party going. If you wanna learn something, you’ll learn it with or without a record. I don’t think records are here to teach you.

So this album isn’t going to be as heavily West Coast influenced as your previous collaborations?
Quik: Yeah, it’s not. We’ve done it before, over and over again. When the results don’t match the input — if you’re putting a lot in and getting a little out — I think it’s time to walk away from that slot machine and go gamble somewhere else.

AMG: I think we need to do something different besides the same old West Coast thing. We gotta get on some new dance shit. Niggas got a million styles. It just so happens when you get into the record business, you gotta make those certain records. A lot of Quik fans are saying, “It looks like you’re selling out. You’re making down South records.” But you gotta change. You can’t be walking around with bell-bottoms when straight legs are in.

Quik, many regard you and Dr. Dre as the best West Coast producers ever. But it seems Dre gets most of the mainstream attention.
Quik: Of course he will. Dre is a good businessman. He knows how to sell stuff. My thing is — I was always emotionally driven by the music. I think when you give so much of yourself to one thing, you become one-sided and out of balance. So I think that caused the industry to not respect me as much as other people. I’m not a ruthless guy. I’m not robbing anybody for their publishing. I guess you gotta be a shark in this game. I just wasn’t a shark. And I guess, me being dyslexic as I am, or whatever, I thought I didn’t know the business and that’s the furthest from the truth.

As veterans, how do you stay relevant in a game that changes so fast?
Quik: We’re giving people what they want, as opposed to trying to force a structure on people, like, “This is the way it’s supposed to be. This is real hip-hop.” They don’t give a fuck. If it don’t strike them for that moment, then they’re onto something else. We conformed into giving people party music — the feel good music they want.

Quik, last year you went to prison for five months. What happened there?
Quik: That was a real dark time in my life. I was fighting with my sisters. Some of the things they put me through, they probably didn’t really intend it, [but] they were trying to extort me. I always gave them everything and I told them I appreciated them for helping me buy equipment when I was younger. After we got older, I told them, “I really don’t owe you anything. You spent five or six thousand dollars on me when I was coming up. After I became successful, your money didn’t end. I was giving y’all money that I hadn’t even paid taxes on yet.”

[Then] I found out my sisters were trying kidnap my kids for money. So I was like, “Are you guys on crack now? Is that what this is? Are y’all trying to keep it from me? Do you think y’all [are] slick? You’re trying to play me. I’m not ignorant. I’m a genius.” So I could see what it was. It’s just that I’m left-handed and I’m a giver. I’m a philanthropist and I give from the heart. So I love you guys, but I’m not gonna let you hurt my kids. That’s retarded.

I had a strap on me for some dudes. I can talk about it now [because] it’s my situation. My sisters had incorporated some guys involved in the streets into the plot. I caught an assault case and I didn’t pistol whip my sister. She’s little, you don’t have to pistol whip her. But I had my pistol there to shoot them niggas in the face if I would have saw them. I would have blown their ass away. So I snapped. I was out of my mind. I went through therapy and anger management for it and did my jail time. To me, it was more like rehab [rather] than a prison sentence. It was like, go in here and find yourself. Don’t be crazy. Don’t be a victim of the system and don’t let them own your mind.

  • E

    First and WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ali

    Is Quik throeing darts at Dre with “I’m not a ruthless guy. I’m not robbing anybody for their publishing. I guess you gotta be a shark in this game. I just wasn’t a shark.”

    Interesting..

  • Holla

    Damn, Quik is a nut job – talking about blowing peoples brains away and shit like that.

  • SANLEANDRO510

    Quik is a legend in this rap game. We need some party anthems at this point.

  • J.R.O.

    I thought that was Prince on the homepage. lol

    Quik is dope!

  • Rob

    Quik is one of the most amazing producers in the game.. People hate on him to damn much. Keep it up Quik..

  • Dr Flav

    Quik is a genius, you can put the instrumental to Tonite up against tracks nowadays. Always comes solid AMG Bitch Betta Have My Money album was a classic, hard beats and distinct voice/flow.

  • $$Eazy_Money$$

    quik is best producer ever. best body of work since I first heard sweet black pu**y in 1990

  • John Cochran

    Ol boy crazy as shit.

  • Bam 323 Cali Strapped CUZ

    quic do your thang my nigga just make it good fo everybody

  • DJ M.O.B. THE BLACK MESSIAH

    MAN I LOVE QUIK, HE IS 1 OF MY FAVORITE PRODUCERS OF ALL TIME!!! IT DOES SOUND HE TOOK A FEW SHOTS @ DRE..BUT HEY IT IS WHAT IT IS!!

  • BirdsFlySouth

    DJ Quik is on the DL

  • http://xxl djanapalmore

    dont trip quik u did what anybody would have done anybody else would probley did worse keep ur head up and god bless u ur number 1 fan i love u quik stay up fucc the haters

  • Domjel

    Amg comes across DUMB.

  • Fernando

    Ha Ha……Quik is a god damn fool.

    Those are some scandalous ass sisters. That would be weak to have to whoop your own family members ass for tryin to swoop your seed.

    • FUCKQUIKDAY

      this nigga dont really have money like that this nigga only hood rich his a good actor and a real bitch ass nigga so fuck him and everything he stand for bitch

  • b-ease

    DJ Quik is out of his goddamned mind.

    I wish I had read ANY of the articles that i flipped past over the last ten years or so. I must have missed out on alot of intentional comedy. Damn…

  • THAT_BOY_NOAH

    i remember that bitch betta have my money album.

  • http://capamerica364yahoo.com bill bixby

    Fk All You Haters Quik Is A Legend. This Nigga Is Not Crazy Any Real Man Would Do What It Takes To Protect His Family That New Joint Is Hot Id Rather Listen To Quik Than These Other Niggas. He Is The Greatest Producer Ever. Listen To His Catalog No Other Hip Hop Producer Comes Close. He Ghostproduced Alot Of That Deathrow Joints That Were Some Of Your Favorites. Cant Wait 4 The Album.

  • http://www.modelminority.blogspot.com M.dot

    DJ quick sho ain’t nappy.

  • jojochicago

    If Quick gives us the hotness that he’s gave Jay Z and Pac and not all that G Funk bullshit, him nd AMG will give people musically what is missing in this rap game…fun lyrics and hot ass beats. don’t disappoint! I heard the first single and its the Business, keep it up! And Quick…stay away from them crazy ass sisters of yours!

  • jojochicago

    yeah!

  • http://wcn.altervista.org Davizz

    I wonder if the sisters story is true, it would be crazy and I woul understand why Quik was so mad, damn!!!

  • stoneyisland

    somebody tell quick he look slike Jermains steweart with his hair all pretty like that. Next thing you know he will be singing “we dont have to take our clothes off”

  • radiohead

    Quik is a real nigga, but he got some of the goddamn worst people as sisters :(

  • Dooce

    Sounds like The Fixxers ain’t really trying to fixx shit, just have a good time. I guess that’s all the the g, but are they saying they’re not focused on positive messages? Either way, Quik is the Name so pay attention. Oh, and leave his weave alone unless you are looking to fuck him (no homo).

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  • REALTALK

    damn that nigga quik looked like a str8 bitch on the homepage

  • Tha Real

    dam i thought that quik waz a girl lol

  • TheRefriedMexican

    I would rather of seen Quik do a whole album with Suga Free. On the West Coast when somebody talks shit we don’t call it “throwing darts”. Thats East Coast. Here we call talking shit: TALKING SHIT

  • Dean

    DJ Quik is the greatest producer of all time.
    I think Quik had a falling out with SugaFree,which sucks but AMG is just as good.
    I’m gonna get this album as soon as it comes out.

    His sisters cause him nothin but problems, he should break all ties with them.
    Quik’s always been a little weird with style remember the cover of Rhythm-al-ism

  • EA’s

    that nigga look gay as fuck .how is u a gay DJ .Columbus,Ohio is the best place in the world

  • http://www.myspace.com/dollabingdamack B.I.N.G.O.(Sekshun 8 ent.)

    Quick at it again! thats what the fuck im talking bout. Niggas dont know Quick is a muthafuckin pionier for this westcoast shit ya dig. And low key he clowing them south niggas by snatching they lil style and fliping it. “Can you work with that, Can you work with that Can you work with that……” that shit bangs fuck what yall talking bout.

    ocho and out, BING

  • http://www.myspace.com/dollabingdamack B.I.N.G.O.(Sekshun 8 ent.)
  • mikol08

    Quik is the dopest and humblest producer and rapper on the west coast. His new jam “Can u werk wit dat” does have a crunk feel to it but it still has the “quik essence”. Now AMG is dope too, not to be forgotten.

    All of his personal shit should be irrelavent to his music and not be asked about so much. So dont forget that “MIDNIGHT LIFE” this summer, cuz i wont. peace.

  • mike speez

    I hope this album will move units because these duds have been around 4 a mimute.quick and AMG are westcoast and that single is fucking banging out of my 06 charger like crazy.Much love quick and yeah i live in your hood TTP u know what it is blood.

  • SOUTHERNBREED

    DJ Quik is a Legend and one of my favorites.
    he got the beats that you can dance to and bang to!
    it would’ve been interesting to see Quik and Pac do a whole album together!
    everytime they did a song together it was fiya!
    “Heatz of Men” from All Eyes On Me and
    “Late Night” on Better Dayz!
    Keep Doing ya thing QuiK and I’ma Keep gettin ya Music!

  • http://fixxers ivan

    props to quik and AM

  • http://Www.myspace.com/mannyfrefresh MANNYFRIZZLE

    Whats good Fam…lets quit the fandango and get this money! Holla at me quik lets take it back like it used to be all im gonna say is “WHY YOU BULLSHITIN” http://www.myspace.com/mannyfrefresh

  • Ric

    “Its late but can’t go ta sleep cuz yo pussy gorgeous!!!” The song is fire! Quik has always been a lil off as far as personality and style but thats what makes him different from everybody. What other rap producer can put out instramental that could be considered a jazz classic( the quik’s grooves)? Whatever mood you in you can find a couple songs in his catalog that match it. thats why i fucs with him…….

  • Mark

    Quik & Amg do yor thing! Please fix the game!!!

  • Mark

    Quik & Amg do yor thing! Please fix the game!!!

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  • http://www.soundclick.com/dontaedynamite Dontae Dynamite

    As I read all the comments that were left here I can see that there are more lame ass haters in the world than I could have ever imagined. How you gonna hate on DJ Duik? Quik is the reason I produce tracks now. The game needs a DJ Quik for balance and options.

  • philliesweet

    Lets b totally honest with ourself people…despite his wack family members, and single-minded individual opinions of dj Quik. He is, and will always B Americas Most Complete Artist.

  • MR.CHEAPSKATE

    THE FIXXERS IS DOPE. WHAT UP WITH THE RETARDS WANTIN’ A POSITIVE MESSAGE? WHEN I’M @ THE CLUB I WANT MUSIC I CAN PARTY TO SO U LAMES NEED TO SAVE THE WORLD ON YA ON TIME AND LET G AND QUIK DO WHAT THEY DO.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jf805 BIG GAME 805

    THE FIXXERS IS COOL !! I MEAN YOU CANT HELP TO BOB YA’ HEAD TO “CAN YOU WERK THAT” JOINT. AS FAR AS QUIK SAYING THAT HE’S ON SOME MORE DANCE SHIT..UMM I GOT TO SAY MISS ME WITH THAT HOMIE. THE WESTCOAST SOUND IS STILL UNIQUE. I GOT LOVE FOR THE SOUTH AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND ALL..BUT..THEY BEEN DOING SINCE DAY ONE. SO I FEEL IF WE THE “WESTCOAST” GOT OUR OWN SOUND THEN REPRESENT IT !! PUT YOUR OWN TWIST ON IT!! JUST KEEP IT WEST, WEST YALL !!

  • BEN-G 714

    1st off if you mutha’fuckers don’t have anything nice to say, than don’t fucken comment its obvious that you lame brains dont know shit about good musician. thanx 2 quik we have great music we can kick back & listen to!!!! all of his shit bangs, keep up the good work MR.Quik & AMG (R.I.P. Mausberg) keep it compton!!!!!!!

  • rythm21

    the fixxers are crazy thankz to them the rap game is still going thankz to Quik and Amg the song that got me hooked was trouble keep on doing what you guys do thankz the fixxers

  • Milan

    Quik iz a legend.. He wdnt throw dartz at Dre.. I think people are takin it that way coz they jus want tha next beef to kick off in tha industry.. But comin from London wher Quik aint as known to my age group, i feel moved by hiz production!
    Peace !

  • http://TresemmebeauCU motorhead

    ‘yeah’..50..

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    Heh am I actually the only reply to this great read.

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    If only I had a nickel for each time I came here.. Amazing writing.

  • ni66iastoplying

    man you a real punk. there would be no reason i would beat on my sister. you real punk ass dude. i wish i could see you in the street with out your body guards nigga i’d show you wha it do and this is not a threat it’s a promise.

  • youmakegangstarapgay

    nigga what rapper you know in history that talks about his family on his alblum. nigga you a real bitch you a fake and the world should know the real. this nigga isnot what he says he is nigga you dont even have a popperozzie you bitch ass nigga. i dont hear stories of you fighting real niggas. stop buying friends nigga you bitch