Rich Homie Quan

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Rich Homie Quan
Rich Homie Quan performing during the 2014 Under the Influence tour
Rich Homie Quan performing during the 2014 Under the Influence tour
Background information
Birth nameDequantes Devontay Lamar
Born (1989-10-04) October 4, 1989 (age 32)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
Labels

Dequantes Devontay Lamar (born October 4, 1989), better known by his stage name Rich Homie Quan, is an American rapper and singer. He was previously signed to labels T.I.G. Entertainment and Motown, and is an independent artist as of 2021. Quan experienced commercial success with the 2013 single "Type of Way" (which peaked at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100), and the 2015 single "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)" (peaking at number 26). In addition, Quan joined the Cash Money Records spin-off project, Rich Gang in 2014, which had successful singles such as "Lifestyle" and the mixtape Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1 (2014).[3][4] Quan's debut studio album Rich as in Spirit was released on March 16, 2018, and debuted at number 32 on the US Billboard 200.

Early life[edit]

Dequantes Devontay Lamar[5] was born on October 4, 1989[6] in Atlanta, Georgia. In school, Lamar had a particular interest in reading. Literature was his favorite subject and he enjoyed creative writing classes.[3][7] 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.[8] While Lamar decided to focus his interests elsewhere, he began rapping and got a job at a nearby airport. When he lost his job, Lamar got involved in illegal activities, including burglary that eventually led to him serving 15 months in prison.[9] "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.[3] Rich Homie Quan was influenced by dirty south rap, including Jeezy, Gucci Mane, T.I., Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne, Kilo Ali, Outkast, and Goodie Mob.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Rich Homie Quan in 2014

In 2012, Lamar's song "Differences" was released as the first single from his mixtape Still Going In.[10] In 2013, he toured with Trinidad James.[11] 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".[12] The song peaked at number 50 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[13] Still Goin' In (Reloaded) would be named the tenth best mixtape of 2013 by Rolling Stone.[14]

In August 2013, "Type of Way" was released to the iTunes Store by Def Jam Recordings, suggesting that he had signed to the well-known hip hop-based record label Wash House Entertainment.[15] However, Rich Homie Quan was still independent and was considering signing a deal with Cash Money Records.[16] Quan was featured on the song "My Nigga" by YG also featuring Young Jeezy, which peaked at number 19 on the Hot 100.[13] 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.[17] His mixtape, called I Promise I'll Never Stop Going In was released on November 26, 2013.[18] It was supported by the single "Walk Thru" featuring Problem.[19] 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".[20] He was named to the 2014 XXL freshman class.[21]

On May 6, 2014, Rich Homie Quan went home to Atlanta to shoot the video for his single "Walk Thru" with LA 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.[22] On September 29, 2014, he was part of the mixtape, called Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1.[23] His song "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)" and its music video were released on April 1, 2015, on YouTube.

Rich Homie Quan with his video director in January 2018
Rich Homie Quan in 2018

On March 16, 2017, Rich Homie Quan made his return to music by releasing his first single since 2015, "Replay".[24] A mixtape, Back to the Basics followed on April 14, 2017.[25] His debut album Rich as in Spirit was released on March 18, 2018. The album was supported by the two singles "Changed" and "34".

Legal issues[edit]

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.[26]

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.[27]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2020, Lamar has three sons.[28]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Nominee or nominated work Category
2014 BET Awards[29] Nominated Rich Homie Quan Best New Artist
BET Hip Hop Awards[30] Nominated Rookie of the Year
Nominated I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In Best Mixtape
2015 BET Hip Hop Awards[31] Nominated "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)" Best Club Banger
Nominated People's Champ Award
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards[32] Nominated Hip Hop Song of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paor-Evans, Adam de. "Mumble Rap: cultural laziness or a true reflection of contemporary times?". The Conversation.
  2. ^ "Rich Homie Quan Signs With Motown Records". Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rich Homie Quan – XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "XXL Freshmen – XXL – Part 2". XXL Mag. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: Lamar Dequantes Devontay". BMI. Archived from the original on April 2, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  6. ^ Josephs, Brian. "Happy Birthday, Rich Homie Quan!". The Boombox.
  7. ^ "Rich Homie Quan on Birdman, Seizures and Why He Can't Stop Going In". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Chop-Up: Rich Homie Quan". November 5, 2013.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Rich Homie Quan, "Differences"
  11. ^ Fears, Tawni (January 30, 2013). 3 Questions With: Trinidad James' Label Mate Rich Homie Quan, AllHipHop.com
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ a b "Rich Homie Quan – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  14. ^ "10 Best Mixtapes of 2013: Rich Homie Quan, 'Still Goin' In Reloaded'". Rolling Stone. December 9, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  15. ^ "iTunes – Music – Type of Way – Single by Rich Homie Quan". Itunes.apple.com. August 22, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  16. ^ HipHopDX (August 2, 2014). "Rich Homie Quan Says Signing With Cash Money Records Is A Possibility". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  17. ^ Rys, Dan (October 1, 2013). "Rich Homie Quan Will Drop A New Mixtape Before The End Of The Year – XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  18. ^ "Rich Homie Quan new song "Last Week"". Complex. November 12, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  19. ^ Diep, Eric (January 6, 2014). "Rich Homie Quan Featuring Problem "Walk Thru" – XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "XXL Freshmen 2014 Cover Revealed". XXL. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  22. ^ "Rich Homie Quan Denies He Had Seizures: 'I Fainted and Hit My Head'". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  23. ^ "Rich Gang – Tha Tour Part 1". HotNewHipHop. September 29, 2014.
  24. ^ "Rich Homie Quan Replay new song". Hot New HipHop. November 10, 2017.
  25. ^ "Reviews: Rich Homie Quan – Back to the Basics". Pitchfork. April 22, 2017.
  26. ^ Darryl Robertson, "Rich Homie Quan Settles $2 Million Lawsuit With Former Label, T.I.G.", Vibe.com. August 2, 2016.
  27. ^ Wjbf Staff (June 1, 2017). "Rapper Rich Homie Quan arrested on drug charges in Jefferson County". WJBF-TV. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  28. ^ "Rich Homie Quan and Girlfriend Are Expecting a Baby Boy". August 19, 2020.
  29. ^ "Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards". Billboard. May 14, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  30. ^ "Nominees". BET.com. July 17, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  31. ^ "Drake Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards 2015 Nominations". Rap-Up. September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  32. ^ Lynch, Joe (February 9, 2016). "iHeartRadio Music Awards Announce 2016 Nominees, Performers & New Categories". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2016.

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