Rich Homie Quan

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Rich Homie Quan
Lamar in 2018
Lamar in 2018
Background information
Birth nameDequantes Devontay Lamar
Born (1989-10-04) October 4, 1989 (age 34)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
Labels
Member of
Children4
Websiterichhomiequan.com

Dequantes Devontay Lamar[3] (born October 4, 1989), known professionally as Rich Homie Quan, is an American rapper. Beginning his career in 2011, Lamar rose to mainstream success with his 2013 single "Type of Way", which peaked at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. A 2015 follow up single, "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)" reached further success at number 26 on the chart. In addition, Lamar was a member of the Cash Money Records spin-off project Rich Gang in 2014, which found success with their single "Lifestyle" in June of that year, preceding the mixtape Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1 (2014).[4][5] Lamar's debut studio album, Rich as in Spirit was released in March 2018 and debuted at number 32 on the US Billboard 200.

Early life

Dequantes Devontay Lamar[6] was born on October 4, 1989[7] in Atlanta, Georgia. In school, Lamar had a particular interest in reading. Literature was his favorite subject and he enjoyed creative writing classes.[4][8] He played baseball for over four years while he attended Atlanta, Georgia's Ronald McNair Sr. High School with the aspiration to play professionally. As center fielder and leadoff hitter, Lamar began playing at the varsity level during his freshman year and earned a scholarship offer from Fort Valley State University.[9] Due to the expenses of tuitions, Lamar dropped out after attending for two weeks, so he got a job at a nearby airport.

When he lost his job, Lamar got involved in burglaries, which led to him spending 15 months in jail.[10][11] "I never saw myself going this far with music. Music was just a hobby at first. I never saw myself being on stage and rocking out shows. After I got out of jail, I started to take it more serious and that's when my dream came true", he said in an interview with XXL.[4] Rich Homie Quan was influenced by dirty south music, including Jeezy, Gucci Mane, T.I., Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne, Kilo Ali, Outkast, and Goodie Mob.[4][5]

Career

Rich Homie Quan performing during the Under the Influence tour in 2014

In 2012, Lamar's song "Differences" was released as the first single from his mixtape Still Going In.[12] In 2013, he toured with Trinidad James.[13] He was also featured on Gucci Mane's album Trap House III on songs such as "I Heard", "Can't Trust Her" and "Chasin' Paper", which also features Young Thug. Reviewing his single, "Type of Way", The New York Times wrote that he was "part of Atlanta's rising generation of rappers—think Future, Young Thug, Young Scooter—who deliver lines with melody and heart, like singers on the verge of a breakdown".[14] The song peaked at number 50 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[15] Still Goin' In (Reloaded) would be named the tenth best mixtape of 2013 by Rolling Stone.[16]

In August 2013, "Type of Way" was released to the iTunes Store by Def Jam Recordings, suggesting that he had signed to the label.[17] However, Rich Homie Quan was still independent and was considering signing a deal with Cash Money Records.[18] Quan was featured on the song "My Nigga" by YG also featuring Young Jeezy, which peaked at number 19 on the Hot 100.[15] He was also featured on 2 Chainz' second studio album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, on the song "Extra". In September 2013, he confirmed that he was 30% done with his debut album.[19] His mixtape, called I Promise I'll Never Stop Going In was released on November 26, 2013.[20] It was supported by the single "Walk Thru" featuring Problem.[21] The 2013 Michigan State Spartans football team adopted "Type of Way" as an anthem, and Quan joined them on the sidelines in a green jersey at the 100th Rose Bowl, while also participating in their post-game locker-room celebration singing "Type of Way".[22] He was named to the 2014 XXL freshman class.[23]

On May 6, 2014, Rich Homie Quan went home to Atlanta to shoot the video for his single "Walk Thru" with Los Angeles rapper Problem. Hours later, it was reported that he had two "seizures," falling and "cracking his head" on set, according to TMZ. Rich Homie Quan cleared up the rumors by sending Billboard a statement saying that he fainted and hit his head. In this statement, he also denied that the instance had anything to do with drugs.[24] On September 29, 2014, he was part of the mixtape, called Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1.[25] In February 2015, him, Tyga, Wale, Kid Ink, and YG released the song, “Ride Out,” which would be part of the soundtrack for Fast & Furious 6.[26]

His song "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)" and its music video were released on April 1, 2015, on YouTube. The song peaked at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the dance Quan did in the music video would become popular on Vine.[27]

On March 16, 2017, Quan released his first single since 2015, "Replay".[28] A mixtape, Back to the Basics followed on April 14, 2017.[29] His debut album Rich as in Spirit was released on March 18, 2018. The album was supported by the two singles, "Changed" and "34".

In October 2022, Quan released his EP Family & Mula, which included the single “Krazy” and one guest appearance from NoCap.[30] Speaking of the EP’s release, Quan said he felt good to have a project out after not releasing one in over 3 years. The EP was re-released on November 18, 2022.[31]

Legal issues

In November 2016, Quan sued former label, "Think It's A Game" for 2 million dollars because of unpaid royalties. The label counter sued him for breach of contract. Both Quan and the label settled the issues outside of court.[32]

On May 28, 2017, Quan was arrested with four others on felony drug charges after being stopped at a checkpoint on Highway 1 in Louisville, Georgia. Police claimed to have recovered heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and weapons from the vehicle. Quan was charged with felony drug possession with an intent to distribute.[33]

Personal life

Lamar has four sons. His oldest, Devin, was born in 2006, which Lamar didn’t know about until five years later.[34][35]

On September 29, 2014, Lamar’s father, Corey Lamar, was shot during an attempted robbery at a barber shop in Atlanta, but he survived.[36]

Discography

Studio albums

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Nominee or nominated work Category
2014 BET Awards[37] Nominated Rich Homie Quan Best New Artist
BET Hip Hop Awards[38] Nominated Rookie of the Year
Nominated I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In Best Mixtape
2015 BET Hip Hop Awards[39] Nominated "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)" Best Club Banger
Nominated People's Champ Award
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards[40] Nominated Hip Hop Song of the Year

References

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  2. ^ "Rich Homie Quan Signs With Motown Records". February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Jeffries, David. "Rich Homie Quan Biography". AllMusic.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Rich Homie Quan – XXL". XXL Mag. May 15, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "XXL Freshmen – XXL – Part 2". XXL Mag. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: Lamar Dequantes Devontay". BMI. Archived from the original on April 2, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
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  8. ^ "Rich Homie Quan on Birdman, Seizures and Why He Can't Stop Going In". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "Chop-Up: Rich Homie Quan". November 5, 2013.
  10. ^ Rich Homie Quan On Rich Gang, PNB Rock, 1st Deal Worth $19K (Full Interview). DJVlad. Retrieved September 14, 2022.
  11. ^ Diep, Eric (October 29, 2013). "Migos, Rich Homie Quan & Iamsu! Show & Prove In XXL Issue 151 – Page 2 of 3 – XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  12. ^ Rich Homie Quan, "Differences"
  13. ^ Fears, Tawni (January 30, 2013). 3 Questions With: Trinidad James' Label Mate Rich Homie Quan, AllHipHop.com
  14. ^ Caramanica, Jon (May 5, 2013). "In the Company of Rap, Garage Rock and a Country Firebrand", The New York Times, p. AR10. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  15. ^ a b "Rich Homie Quan – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  16. ^ "10 Best Mixtapes of 2013: Rich Homie Quan, 'Still Goin' In Reloaded'". Rolling Stone. December 9, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  17. ^ "iTunes – Music – Type of Way – Single by Rich Homie Quan". Itunes.apple.com. August 22, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  18. ^ HipHopDX (August 2, 2014). "Rich Homie Quan Says Signing With Cash Money Records Is A Possibility". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
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  20. ^ "Rich Homie Quan new song "Last Week"". Complex. November 12, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  21. ^ Diep, Eric (January 6, 2014). "Rich Homie Quan Featuring Problem "Walk Thru" – XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  22. ^ Photo courtesy Johnathan Sims (December 19, 2013). "Rapper Rich Homie Quan reaches out to become a part of Michigan State football's Spartan Nation". MLive.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  23. ^ "XXL Freshmen 2014 Cover Revealed". XXL. May 5, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  24. ^ "Rich Homie Quan Denies He Had Seizures: 'I Fainted and Hit My Head'". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  25. ^ "Rich Gang – Tha Tour Part 1". HotNewHipHop. September 29, 2014.
  26. ^ "Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG & Rich Homie Quan – "Ride Out"". Stereogum. Tom Breihan. February 12, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  27. ^ "Rich Homie Quan's "Flex" Is Taking Over Vine". XXL. Sidney Madden. June 23, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2023.
  28. ^ "Rich Homie Quan Replay new song". Hot New HipHop. November 10, 2017.
  29. ^ "Reviews: Rich Homie Quan – Back to the Basics". Pitchfork. April 22, 2017.
  30. ^ "EP: Rich Homie Quan 'Family & Mula'". RapRadar. October 4, 2022. Retrieved July 21, 2023.
  31. ^ "Rich Homie Quan Talks 'Family & Mula,' Changing The Narrative, Mutual Respect With Young Thug, Biggie & More". AllHipHop. Rea Davis. November 11, 2022. Retrieved July 21, 2023.
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  33. ^ Wjbf Staff (June 1, 2017). "Rapper Rich Homie Quan arrested on drug charges in Jefferson County". WJBF-TV. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  34. ^ "Rich Homie Quan and Girlfriend Are Expecting a Baby Boy". August 19, 2020.
  35. ^ Rich Homie Quan On God and Reading A Book Every Day. Noisey. Retrieved July 21, 2023 – via YouTube.
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  38. ^ "Nominees". BET.com. July 17, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  39. ^ "Drake Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards 2015 Nominations". Rap-Up. September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  40. ^ Lynch, Joe (February 9, 2016). "iHeartRadio Music Awards Announce 2016 Nominees, Performers & New Categories". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2016.

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