Post by @KimSoMajor
Hey basketball fans out there; remember how good LeBron James played in the 2013 NBA Finals after his headband was removed in the 4th quarter? Let me remind you, he had a monstrous comeback to force a game 7 vs San Antonio and if I’m not mistaken, they won the championship that year in one of the greatest finals ever.
I’m thinking that’s what Rich Homie Quan plans on doing in the rap game. The 27-year-old, well known hit maker said in a statement after leaving T.I.G (Think It’s A Game) Records to sign a deal with Motown/Capitol, “I feel like LeBron James,…my fans will not be disappointed.”
While making a pit stop in Houston promoting his new Back To The Basics mixtape, Rich Homie Quan sat down for an in depth interview with KimSoMajor, “I just want to let them know that I’ll never stop going in and I’m here to stay,” said a rejuvenated Rich Homie, after explaining his long absence in the rap game. “I was going through litigation at the time with my former label, T.I.G (Think It’s A Game) and I couldn’t put out any music.”
He further explained that it was a financial discrepancy between he and the label that they later settled in court, but right after the situation was complete, the east Atlanta native in his words, “took his talents to Motown.”
So why shouldn’t RHQ feel like LBJ? The ATLien has a new deal. In August he and T.I.G settled a $2 million lawsuit which freed him to sign with Motown.
He has a new look, which is basically his old look; he cut the locs off, ala LeBron no headband.
“You know, I’m a dude, it’s just hair to me,” said a waved up Rich Homie. “Some people cherish it, but it’s just hair, plus I wanted to feel like a new artist all over again.”
Fans love the new Quan just as they did when he first debuted in 2013. His new single ‘Replay’ is running the radio waves and it sounds like Rich Homie Quan plans on returning home, and that’s the Billboard Charts. And if the new RHQ is anything like the old RHQ we predict that’ll happen.
“They can expect me back telling my story, me back being me, and me just taking this as a hobby and not as a job anymore,” said RHQ. “When I looked at it as a job, I took it too serious; I just want to get back to having fun.”
Under T.I.G, Quan reached the Billboard Charts with hits such as YG’s ‘My Hitta’ (which peaked at No. 19 on the Hot 100) and his own ‘Type of Way’ in 2013 (No. 50), and following it up with ‘Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)’ in 2015 (No. 26), but because of financial discrepancies, he and T.I.G couldn’t come to an agreement to keep RHQ so now Motown/Capitol will be getting all of his hits. Although they departed, Quan did have positive words for his former label.
“I still got major love and respect for Fly (T.I.G’s CEO) and everybody over there,” he tells KimSoMajor, “No bad blood. He [Fly] did give me a chance and I think that’s the most important part. He gave me a chance and he saw a liking in me.”
He also admitted that he was left scarred by the situation, but he said it made him stronger and he owes it to the people to get back to Hip Hop.
The first single from Back To The Basics is ‘Replay,’ it’s a high energy track which features RHQ shouting out Mannie Fresh and dropping clever, well thought-out lyrics about the importance of money and being a step ahead of his competition. It’s a new layer to his artistry, one that took him out of his element.
“On ‘Replay,’ I really wanted my verses to stand out so that people can see that I can rap,” Quan reveals. “On that song, I wanted to get more in-depth with my vocabulary. I wanted to flip words. That’s what makes you an artist. It’s the way you put words together, how you make them sound and the way you break the syllables down.” He also made a point with ‘Replay’ to note why money is important to him. “I grew up with nothing, so every dollar had value,” he explains. “I don’t want to be broke. Never again. That’s why I try to put those things in my songs because when I hear them and I’m saying, ‘Boy, you can’t go broke,’ I’ve got to live up to that. In my songs, I try to make goals for myself and live up to them.”
As of now, fans can go download his new mixtape Back to the Basics, and expect Rich Homie Quan in full swing on his forthcoming album, going in depth about his personal life and story dropping later this year.
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