Rich Homie Quan speaks on the success of "My Nigga," his label situation, and his surprise at hearing he had a mixtape with Gucci Mane.
Rich Homie Quan is on the come-up. After the surprising success of his breakthrough hit, "Type Of Way," Quan easily could've faded into obscurity as a one-hit wonder, but instead he came back even harder with an unforgettable hook on YG's "My Nigga". Now the Atlanta rapper has dropped another solid mixtape with I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In, and is in the process of meeting with labels.
In an interview with XXL, Quan spoke of how his collaboration with YG came together, his alleged "beef" with Future, the criteria he's looking for in a deal, and the fact that he had no idea he'd even recorded a mixtape with Gucci Mane.
Read some excerpts from the interview below.
How did âMy Niggaâ with YG and Jeezy come together?
Shout out to Jeezy. Me and YG wouldâve never met if it wasnât for him. That was the first time I ever met YG. He was down in Atlanta working on his album and I went to the studio,Â Patchwerk, and it was pandemonium. DJ Mustard was there and he was like, âGet Quan on that song.â So he played me the beat and told me how he wanted it to go and I put my own twist on it and it was murder she wrote. After I left the studio, I didnât hear the song until it dropped. I was like, God, that song turned out hard. Then we shot the video a few weeks later and the song just took off.
How does it feel to have two big hit songs in one year?Â
It feels good but itâs just the beginning. I feel like my career is gonna have a lot of big songs. There are a lot of songs that people still need to hear. [My] new mixtape [is] filled with a lot of new bangers and you can hear the maturity, how Iâve grown since my last mixtape.
Iâve got ask you about the FutureÂ diss trackÂ that showed up online earlier this year. How did that come about?Â
Itâs not a diss song. I didnât leak the song. I donât know who leaked the song, but it was recorded long ago. Itâs not a diss song and I didnât diss him in the song, not once. You can listen. The bloggers make it a diss but itâs not a diss. I was just being real.
You think people twisted the story?
Yeah, âcause I never leaked the song. I didnât diss him. People just want drama. Thatâs what sells. Me and Future have no beef. I ainât in his lane and heâs not in mine. I salute him on what heâs doing.
What about theÂ Trust God Fuck 12Â project that came out with Gucci Mane?Â
I did some songs in Gucciâs studio and the songs that Gucci put on his mixtape were done in his studio. I didnât even know we had a mixtape together. I hadnât even heard the songs in so long. But thatâs Gucci. Big shoutout to Gucci still. I woke up one morning and I saw the hits from Twitter, like, âYeah, Gucci Mane and Rich Homie Quan mixtape,â and I didnât even know it. I was like, âI didnât even know I did a mixtape.â
Have you been meeting with labels?
Yeah, itâs been going good. I just want something with longevity. I want something thatâs gonna last. I donât wanna be here this year and you donât know where I am next year. So Iâm just trying to make the right decision and make sure all my iâs are dotted and my tâs are crossed. Itâs not even about the money because I know in the music business you accumulate money so many ways. Itâs about being the best throughout my whole career. Five years from now I wanna be on top. 10 years from then I still wanna be on top. I wanna make sure that whatever label I sign with believes in me the way I believe in me. Thatâs it really.