Rich Homie Quan

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Rich Homie Quan
Lamar performing during the 2014 Under The Influence Tour
Lamar performing during the 2014 Under The Influence Tour
Background information
Birth nameDequantes Devontay Lamar
Born (1989-10-04) October 4, 1989 (age 31)[1]
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
Associated acts

Dequantes Devontay Lamar[4] (born October 4, 1989), better known by his stage name Rich Homie Quan, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He was previously signed to independent label T.I.G. Entertainment and is currently with Motown Records.[5][6][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.[7][8] Quan's debut studio album Rich as in Spirit was released on March 16, 2018 and debuted at number thirty-two on the US Billboard 200.

Early life[edit]

In school, Lamar had a particular interest in reading. Literature was his favorite subject and he enjoyed creative writing classes.[7][9] 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.[10] 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.[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 to XXL.[7]


Rich Homie Quan in 2014.

In 2012, Lamar's song "Differences" was released as the first single from his mixtape Still Going In.[5] In 2013, he toured with Trinidad James.[12] 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", also featuring 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".[13] The song peaked at number 50 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[14] Still Goin' In (Reloaded) would be named the tenth best mixtape of 2013 by Rolling Stone.[15]

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.[16] However, Rich Homie Quan was still independent and was considering signing a deal with Cash Money Records.[17] Quan was featured on the song "My Nigga" by YG also featuring Young Jeezy, which peaked at number 19 on the Hot 100.[14] 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.[18] His mixtape, called I Promise I'll Never Stop Going In was released on November 26, 2013.[19] It was supported by the single "Walk Thru" featuring Problem.[20] 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".[21] He was named to the 2014 XXL freshman class.[22]

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 sending Billboard a statement saying that he fainted and hit his head. He denied it had anything to do with drugs.[23] On September 29, 2014, he was part of the mixtape, called Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1.[24] 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".[25] A mixtape, Back to the Basics followed on April 14, 2017.[26] 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 Its 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.[27]

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.[28]


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


  1. ^ Josephs, Brian. "Happy Birthday, Rich Homie Quan!". The Boombox.
  2. ^ Paor-Evans, Adam de. "Mumble Rap: cultural laziness or a true reflection of contemporary times?". The Conversation.
  3. ^ a b "Rich Homie Quan Signs With Motown Records". Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: Lamar Dequantes Devontay". BMI. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b Rich Homie Quan, "Differences"
  6. ^ Markman, Rob (June 14, 2013). "Rich Homie Quan Ready For 'His Chance' At Birthday Bash". MTV. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Rich Homie Quan - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  8. ^ "XXL Freshmen - XXL - Part 2". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  9. ^ "Rich Homie Quan on Birdman, Seizures and Why He Can't Stop Going In". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  10. ^ "Chop-Up: Rich Homie Quan". 5 November 2013.
  11. ^ Diep, Eric (2013-10-29). "Migos, Rich Homie Quan & Iamsu! Show & Prove In XXL Issue 151 - Page 2 of 3 - XXL". Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  12. ^ Fears, Tawni (30 January 2013). 3 Questions With: Trinidad James’ Label Mate Rich Homie Quan,
  13. ^ Caramanica, Jon (5 May 2013). "In the Company of Rap, Garage Rock and a Country Firebrand", The New York Times, p. AR10. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Rich Homie Quan - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  15. ^ "10 Best Mixtapes of 2013: Rich Homie Quan, 'Still Goin' In Reloaded'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Type of Way - Single by Rich Homie Quan". 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  17. ^ HipHopDX (2 August 2014). "Rich Homie Quan Says Signing With Cash Money Records Is A Possibility". HipHopDX. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  18. ^ Rys, Dan (2013-10-01). "Rich Homie Quan Will Drop A New Mixtape Before The End Of The Year - XXL". Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  19. ^ "Rich Homie Quan new song "Last Week"". Complex. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  20. ^ Diep, Eric (2014-01-06). "Rich Homie Quan Featuring Problem "Walk Thru" - XXL". Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  21. ^ Photo courtesy Johnathan Sims. "Rapper Rich Homie Quan reaches out to become a part of Michigan State football's Spartan Nation". Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  22. ^ "XXL Freshmen 2014 Cover Revealed". XXL. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  23. ^ "Rich Homie Quan Denies He Had Seizures: 'I Fainted and Hit My Head'". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  24. ^ "Rich Gang - Tha Tour Part 1". HotNewHipHop.
  25. ^ "Rich Homie Quan Replay new song". Hot New HipHop. November 10, 2017.
  26. ^ "Reviews: Rich Homie Quan - Back to the Basics". Pitchfork. April 22, 2017.
  27. ^ Darryl Robertson, "Rich Homie Quan Settles $2 Million Lawsuit With Former Label, T.I.G.", August 2, 2016.
  28. ^ Staff, Wjbf (2017-06-01). "Rapper Rich Homie Quan arrested on drug charges in Jefferson County". WJBF-TV. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  29. ^ "Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards". Billboard. May 14, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  30. ^ "Nominees". 17 July 2013. Retrieved 9 March 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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