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Rich Homie Quan

Dequantes Lamar



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.”

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Ty Dolla $ign

Tyrone Griffin Jr.



Los Angeles

Singles: “My Cabana,” “Paranoid,” “Irie,” “Or Nah”; Mixtapes: Beach House, Beach House 2; EPs: Beach House EP

Atlantic Records

: His major label debut album, Free TC, scheduled for this year

“Casey Veggies, ’cause that’s my nigga. He was supposed to be here. He’s an L.A. nigga. I thought L.A. was on.”

“I’m influenced by every dope artist. Anything that sounds good but mostly like old school shit. Like The Isley Brothers, Lakeside, George Duke, Teddy Riley, R. Kelly—I could keep going for hours.”

“[I was] musical for sure. All I ever cared about was music.”

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Isaiah Rashad

Isaiah McClein



Chattanooga, Tenn.

Singles: “R.I.P. Kevin Miller,” “Ronnie Drake,” “Shot You Down”; EPs: Cilvia Demo

Top Dawg Entertainment

As-yet-untitled project

“If [Young Thug] ain’t on it, that’d be the one that’s surprising me. Actually, my biggest surprise who is not on here is Vince [Staples]. Vince is hard. Vince is one of the hardest niggas I know as far as my age. He’s one of the most authentic dudes out of the LBC.”

“My influences are OutKast, Erykah Badu, Gnarls Barkley, ScHoolboy Q and Wayne. Q is a dude I listened to before 
I came to TDE. He was the first one I listened to. I heard of Rock first, but Q is the first one, like his wordplay and his stories really made me listen to it.”

“I was real talkative, real shy at the same time. I got too much of an opinion. So sometimes, my opinion is too much for somebody else 
my age. I like to think I am 
beyond my years, sometimes.”

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Chance The Rapper

Chancelor Bennett




Mixtapes: Acid Rap; Guest Appearances: Skrillex’s “Coast Is Clear,” SZA’s “Child’s Play,” Lil Wayne’s “You Song,” Justin Bieber’s “Confident,” James Blake’s “Life Round Here (Remix)”


Chance The Rapper LLC

Recording Social Experiment, release date TBD

“If you guys just had six more Chicago rappers, I would be cool. I thought Young Thug was gonna be here. Yeah, Young Thug and King Louie, I thought both of them would be here.”

“I was a bad kid when I was a freshman in high school. But I was very intelligent and introspective and musical and musically inclined. I used to play more instruments back then and do more music shit. But I was also very inexperienced and uncultured. I hadn’t traveled, I hadn’t heard that much music or met that many people or read that many books. I was just a different kid.”

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