For someone who used to seemingly drop a song on a weekly basis, it's been a while since we heard a solo record from Rich Homie Quan. Apparently the Atlanta rapper feels the same sentiment as he recently announced he ...
Atlanta, East Atlanta
Singles: “Type Of Way,” “Differences”; Mixtapes: Still Goin In, Still Goin In (Reloaded), I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In; Guest Appearances: YG’s “My Nigga,” Yo Gotti’s “I Know,” August Alsina’s “Ghetto”
Think It’s A Game Entertainment (TIG)
As-yet-untitled debut album
“I’m surprised Young Thug isn’t here. I feel as if he went hard. I’m surprised Migos isn’t here, but I know y’all don’t do groups. But Young Thug, that’s my brother. He’s a rising star. And PeeWee LongWay, he should have been here. Other than that, I’m glad I’m here.”
“Down South music, Boosie, T.I., Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Kilo Ali, OutKast, Goodie Mob.”
“I was captain of the baseball team, and I was the man. I won best dressed too, so I had swag, and I had all the girls.”
It’s a honor to be here. Coming out of jail knowing that I have no other option. I had two felonies on my record at that time, so I tried to focus more on my craft. At first it was poetry, and then I wanted to put poetry to a beat, and it went from there. Then after that I told my story. So a lot of my music, it’s storytelling. You can really find out who Quan is. I’m Rich Homie Quan, but for those who listen to my music, you can hear that I’m Dequantes first.
When I got locked up, I started to think about everything I was good at. When I was a kid I loved to read. Literature was my favorite subject. I loved creative writing classes. So when I got locked up, I read my first book in jail. I have been reading for years, but I read my first book in jail with understanding. When I learned how to really read a book, it took my mind to another place. So after that, then I started writing poems, and after that my poems didn’t sound like poems, they sounded like rhymes. I was like, ‘Let me see if I can put it on a beat.’ When I came home, no one took me serious. By the time I dropped my first mixtape, I knew I wasn’t ready. I wanted to let the streets be my observation. I would read every comment I saw. Then I said, ‘I got to drop another mixtape. I got differentiate myself from everybody.’
So I went back to the drawing board. Studio every night, 100 songs before I drop my Still Goin In (Reloaded). That’s when “Type Of Way” hit. When that hit it was really just murder it wrote. At that time I got locked up for burglary. I was a smart student. I graduate with a 3.2 and had a scholarship for playing baseball. I played baseball from age 4 to18. So I had a full scholarship to go to Fort Valley State University. I focused more in the streets instead of school. Not using my brain. I didn’t know what I know now. As a kid we all made mistakes. At that time I was breaking into houses. That was my hustle. I wasn’t focused on music then. By the time I came home I wasn’t trying to go back to jail. I played centerfield from little league until high school. I was Mr. Baseball in ninth grade. Baseball was really my hobby. Rapping was something I did to have fun. I never took it serious.
Rich Homie Quan is temporarily stepping away from Birdman and Rich Gang so he can focus on his solo career. Coming off a nine-day tour in Canada, Quan took a break to chop it up with The Durtty Boyz on Atlanta's Hot 107.9. During ...
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