Today, Oct. 4, is the 28th birthday of Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Quan loved music but grew up with dreams of wanting to play pro baseball. The dancing rapper got in trouble with the law at an early age and decided to taken rapping seriously after he served 15 months in prison on burglary charges. Quan started getting noticed around Atlanta when he dropped his 2012 mixtape, Still Going In and appeared as a guest feature on Gucci Mane's 2013 album Trap House III . But it wasn't until his 2013 song "Type of Way" when RHQ went from regional name to rising star. Infectious hooks and Quan's sing-song delivery are best displayed with his viral tracks like "Walk Thru" and "Flex (Ooh, Ooh,Ooh)."

Thanks to his inescapable buzz, the ATL upstart was picked to be apart of the 2014 XXL Freshman class alongside Vic Mensa, Chance The Rapper, Kevin Gates, Ty Dolla $ign and more.

But it hasn't been all smooth sailing and radio hits for Quan. Back in November of 2015, RHQ’s former label, Think It’s A Game Entertainment (T.I.G.), sued the rapper for breach of contract and he sued them for unpaid royalties. Luckily, the suits were settled by each party in August of 2016. Now with his legal issues subsiding, RHQ inked a deal with Motown Records this year and dropped a new tape in April called Back to the Basics in anticipation for his official debut Rich As In Spirit.

"I wouldn’t say a reinvention but I’ve re-centered myself," Rich Homie explained when talking to XXL. "You can just tell how I’ve grown up. I’ve gotten older, watching what I say because I know the previous years I’ve gotten in trouble. And I know everybody’s listening now so with everybody listening, I just want to make sure I can motivate you. This music, my music is for motivational purposes. I’m trying to encourage you to get up and be somebody, do something. I’m not saying it gotta be music, but just something."

Happy Birthday, Rich Homie Quan!

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