DJ Quik has dropped the official video for the follow-up to his classic hit “Tonite,” “New Nite,” off of his collaboration album Rosecrans with Problem.
The video, which features a mash-up of live performances and video scenes, starts off with Quik explaining how he utilized the track to pay homage to his legendary single off his debut album Quik is the Name in 1991.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Quik revealed why he decided to remake the hit song and why the revamp is his favorite track on the album.
“I look at it as one big piece of work. But if I could only play one, I like “A New Nite.” Someone had tried to sample my song “Tonite,” a Top 20 record in ’91. And when I heard it, it was so stingy, so lazy, I denied the sample clearance for it just because it didn’t make that much sense to me. And I just decided that if someone was going to do my music over — I still have the original master tapes from that song. I also still have the original floppy discs that all the original samples and drums are on from the SP-1200. So I pulled it into the studio, spread the song out technically and did it myself. Problem heard it, came to the studio, listened to it, and was like, “I got something for this.” And he just started killing the chorus live, no paper.”
In the interview, Quik also discussed aging in Hip-Hop and how he overcame the feeling of “falling off” in the game.
“It’s creepy that now, all of a sudden, at 46, I’m having a resurgence and all my concerts are selling out. Everybody wants to see me now. I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth. But why didn’t they do this 15 years ago when I lost my deal with Arista, when I really needed some fan support and love? My shows wasn’t selling. It was almost like I was old news. And I felt that, and I felt bad. I struggled with it and I tried to fight to hold on, but sometimes if you’re falling you do more damage to yourself trying to break the fall instead of just hitting the fucking ground and bouncing back up. I was like, OK, I give up. I’m going to try to take this job over here, do something a little different, try to put my son on and produce other things. And it’s like, “Quik we want you!” I was like, “You sure you want to party with ol’ Eddie King Jr.?”
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