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Rich Homie Quan the Artist vs Rich Homie Quan the CEO

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from records labels to independence

Rich Homie Quan came out the gates hot:

–  a smash hit with 2013’s “Type of Way”

–  2014 XXL Freshman Class (one of the stronger years it has had)

–  a post-Rose Bowl locker room celebration with the Michigan State Spartans

–  sang the chorus on “Lifestyle” (one of the best songs of the decade)

He blew up like an NFL rookie QB that caught the defense off guard. Quan was right there with Future and Young Thug as the next ones up in Atlanta.

But shortly after his biggest hit, 2015’s “Flex,” he got in an ongoing legal dispute with his former record label that saddled him from releasing new music, shook his confidence, and stalled his momentum.

The setback paved the way for Quan’s comeback. He’s now run his independently-owned Rich Homie Entertainment record label. We talked about the transition from Think It’s a Game, Motown, to being on his own.

“Sometimes a label situation might be the best for you, but it just wasn’t the best for me anymore…Me being in the game 10 years, I saw it all and I now know what’s best for me — the creative control and I still have a partner.”

That partner is Venice Music, Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo’s company that distributes his music and will work with him on his multimedia goals and web3 projects.

Quan wants to embrace the CEO role. He wants to be hands-on with budgets, sit at the table, and call more shots. Many artists who have followed his path ended up making more money from the lesser-known hits that they released independently. For artists in his position, it may be harder for their music to chart as high, and they may not get the same looks, but if money is higher on their priority list, then this path may be more aligned with their bigger goals.

re-centering his career

Rich Homie’s new EP, Family & Mula, is his first project since 2019. In that span, he had lost his love for hip-hop but started listening to the new music coming out and felt like he was better than these new rappers. It took a global pandemic, a lot of praying, and motivation to get back in the booth.

“I didn’t want to give up. Knowing I started something beautiful and there’s still so many pages I’ve yet to get to — and I know I’m capable of getting to. I’ve yet to scratch the surface.”

To force himself back in the game, Quan stayed in his studio for two straight years and avoided listening to the radio. It took six months of recording new music to feel confident to share with his inner circle. The process changed how he now approaches music.

“I take it more seriously now. I’ve realized that the game don’t need me. The game doesn’t change, the players do. Realizing I need the game so let me act like I need it. I’ve changed my whole mindset.”

Careers aren’t linear, especially in music. But the microwave success era has led people to believe that an artist is “falling off” if they haven’t released new music in nine months. Success is rarely as reductive or binary as some fans believe.

“top 3 and I’m not 3”

The ad-libs in “Type of Way” are still so memorable. Singing and rapping over trap beats soon became the mainstream sound we heard time and time again in bigger hits from other artists, like Travis Scott’s “Antidote.” Quan doesn’t feel like he gets enough credit for his influence.

“I don’t think I get the credit I deserve, I don’t. I feel like the Atlanta sound today, I should be one of the ones that (get recognized) for heavily influencing the sound. You can’t mention the Atlanta sound today without mentioning Quan. Period. I’m top 3 and I’m not 3.”

I asked him to name his Top 5 Atlanta rappers. He says his current list (not all time) is Future, Thug, Lil’ Baby, 21 Savage, and himself. My list looks different, but I understand the mentality.

It’s like asking an above-average NFL QB who the best players are at the position. No one wants their leader to say, “Yea I’m good but not as great as Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen.” If your favorite artist doesn’t have a little too much dip on their chip, then they’re just good at hiding it.

Listen to my full conversation with Rich Homie Quan on this week’s Trapital Podcast:

0:43 Reflecting on the loss of Takeoff

2:02 What Quan misses about his “come up” years

3:12 Why Quan went independent at this stage of his career 

4:46 Taking on a CEO role

6:14 Why Quan doesn’t like his hit record “Flex”

8:52 New partnership with Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo’s Venice 

13:13 Differences between Quan the CEO and Quan the artist 

14:12 Rising as an artist before the streaming era took off

15:57 Distinctions between album, EP, and mixtape 

17:06 Quan’s non-music business pursuits 

19:43 How pandemic re-motivated Quan to do music

21:50 Quan wants more credit for influencing Atlanta sound

25:17 How Quan got his heart for music again

29:10 Quan’s 10-year vision for himself 

33:34 Did Quan start “deluxe” project drops?

 

 

TRANSCRIPTION:

[00:00:00] Rich Homie Quan: I was kind of afraid of my creativity on that song. You know what I’m saying? If that makes any sense. Like, I don’t know. Cause I make a lot of music, man, and it’s a lot of songs that’s probably similar. That’s like that. That will never come out only because of my mind. But that’s why lately I’ve been letting the team I create, decide, you know? Pick which ones they feel like that needs to be heard. You know what I’m saying? So that’s why I’ve grown as an artist slash CEO.

[00:00:31] Dan Runcie: Hey, welcome to the podcast. I’m your host and the founder of Dan Ruey. This podcast is your place to gain insights from the executives in music, media, entertainment, and more who are taking hip hop culture to the next level. 

[00:00:51] Dan Runcie: Today’s guest is the one, the only Rich Homie Quan. R.H.Q came through to talk about his partnership with Venice and how this is a new start for him as an artist. He’s independent now. He’s seen what it’s like on the label side. He’s seen what works, and what doesn’t work. But this is his opportunity to have more creative control. To see more of the money that comes in and out, and ultimately have more of a say on what makes the most sense for building his career and moving. So he talks about the benefits of the Venice partnership. He also talks about some of the other things that he’s working on as well. We talked about his real estate game and how he made over a million dollars this past year from his real estate business. We also talked about where he sees himself in Atlanta’s influence. He says he’s top three and not three from the city. So you have to listen to hear the name chops that he has in here. Some of the other multimedia projects and a whole lot. Quan also recorded this one while he was getting his hair braided, so I gotta give him credit for multitasking. Shout out to Quan. Hope you enjoy this episode. All right. Today we got the one and only Rich Homie Quan with us. Man, before we get started with any of this stuff, let’s just do a quick check, man. How are you? How are you living? How are things right now?

[00:02:03] Rich Homie Quan: Oh man, I’m good man. Mentally, better than ever. I’m just in a good space right now, man. I love the space I’m in, probably better than ever, man. I’m good, man. Yeah. How about you, man? How are you, you know what I’m saying? Mentally, you know what I’m saying? You know, spiritually how you feeling? 

[00:02:021] Dan Runcie: Yeah, I mean, I’m good. I mean, things have been good getting ready for the holidays and everything right now, but, I feel like it’s kind of been a tough week, I’m not gonna lie. Thinking about take off and just thinking about artists passing so young. I mean, I mean, I know that this isn’t anything new necessarily, but it just feels like it’s been so much recently, so I’ve been thinking a lot about that.

[00:02:41] Rich Homie Quan: That part, you know, like I’ve been trying to get it out my mind, man. Cause like me and Takeoff wasn’t close, but I have worked with him, you know what I’m saying? On numerous occasions, on numerous occasions. And with him being from Atlanta, man, it just hit, that one hit a whole lot different, man. That one touched me, man. That one hurt me, man. That hurt a lot of us, man. You know what I’m saying? Like I think I was walking say the best man, like hip hop took big ill man that that was a humongous ill man.

Humongous.

[00:03:10] Dan Runcie: Yeah. And there were so many of you that came up right around the same time. I feel like you came out and then they had the moment, like there were so many of y’all from Atlanta that rose up.

[00:03:22] Rich Homie Quan: Yes. Yeah. So that’s why it’s like, I, I kind of felt a different, like I saw, I saw before, um, they were with QC all us sitting on Gucci couch before we, before we got our first million, when we still were grinding and grind mode. So like, just to see that and know like, man, that could have been me, that could have been any of us. You know what I’m saying? Like, so that, that one definitely like hit me. Alright man, real hard.

[00:03:47] Dan Runcie: Yeah, for sure. And I mean, you were just talking about it, you going back to being I QCs couch. I was just looking back at the double like cell cover, the freshman class for you on the cover. And man, it was such a moment. I mean, when you think back to that moment when everything was rising up, like what do you think on the most, what memories stick out to you the most about that time?

[00:04:07] Rich Homie Quan:  Uh, what memories stick out about the most? I would just say more so recording in the music, being so. Because at that time we didn’t have all those eyes on us. So then, you know, like we could say whatever and when, and no one, you know, we can say how we really felt. You know what I’m saying? Because you was in that grind and it just, you know, once you get to a certain level and certain things, you can’t say no. Cause you know what I’m saying? You got certain people looking at you and that dissecting your words every, every type of way. So I would just say, man, just a recording process, man. Then man, the way we record the way, it’ll be all five of us in the booth at one. Or maybe you should say it this way or this way. And it was just a know, just a vibe man. And the learning experience, man. Cause we were so young at that time, like we didn’t know we’ll be here 10 years later, you feel me? So yeah, that’s the beauty of it all. 

[00:04:56] Dan Runcie: And I mean, for you 10 years later, you’ve done a few interview recently. You talked about why you wanna be independent and what this next chapter looks like for you? What has been the big thing that’s made you wanna have this next chapter? Be independent, be on your own terms as opposed to how the last decade was up to this point?

[00:05:16] Rich Homie Quan: Would say the most important part about being independent and what I wanted about it, what I wanted, uh, from it more so, it was just the fact that I had tried everything else. I had tried being with the other independent labels and I just thought it was my turn. I had saw every side of the sword, but just this side of the sword and it’s just been so much more fun.Just when I say fun, it’s more so from a business side. And I say that because at first I was such an artist mode. It was hard for me to be a CEO, but to continue to say I’m a CEO when I’m not doing none of the CEO shit. And I say that to say like, I’m not in tune with the conversations, or I’m not on every phone call. I’m not CC’d in those emails and those important emails. So now man, with me being a ceo, I’m more in tune. You know what I’m saying? I’m knowing, I’m knowing what the budget is for this. Uh, just understanding the budget, know what I mean? Understanding, so, you know, just taking this a whole lot more serious, being independent, knowing now, like it’s really the, that’s why I’m probably in this such great space because I know the opportunity I have, I know what I’ve done.

[00:06:27] Dan Runcie:  You talked about seeing the money and just being able to see what the costs are looking like, what the money’s coming in. What was the biggest surprise there? Cause I know you didn’t see a lot of that as the artist, but now that you’re being CC’d on those emails, now that you’re seeing those things, did anything stick out to you?

[00:06:40] Rich Homie Quan: The most? To me, uh, it was just more so of money I would see go without videos and stuff like that, and I would have no knowledge on my input when it’s my money that’s paying for these. That made me just put my, you know, like, damn, I would’ve rather shot the video with so and so and so, and maybe, you know, it could have been better for a cheaper number than a number of, uh, someone who’s big, big, like, you know what I’m saying? So it just started making me like, way more in tune man, just way more in tune and like, how can I call my c myself a CEO if I’m, if I don’t have those last say sos on, you know what I’m saying? Who, who, who I think should shoot the video. So it’s like, yeah, I just want to stay in tune, man. And stay at it. Stay at it. Yeah. All the way around the boy, man. Like I’m getting older now and I still got people I look up to and I’m looking at some of the transitions they had to make. You know, sometimes you gotta realize everybody can’t go with you. Right. And that’s part of better. 

[00:07:40] Dan Runcie: And I feel like you’re talking a lot about something I’ve heard you talk about at other interviews too. Creative control, being able to have more say so over the process. And I was surprised it stuck out like a song like Flex, which was a hit that people liked. Like you really weren’t feeling that song as much. 

[00:07:57] Rich Homie Quan: Oh, oh. Like one of mine like, because I felt like at the time Flitch came out, I was such, I was more so of, I don’t wanna just say a street rapper, but those were my fans. My fans were like the people who came up from similar situations to me. And I just didn’t want my fans to ever think like I was crossing over or making crossover music. And, cause that was one of them songs. Like it wasn’t a, I was known for making pain music, you know what I’m saying? So to say. And uh, that was one of, one of those still good different records, but it made, it was, it was a gift and a curse to me cause it made me realize. It’s not what I like, it’s what people want, and it’s all about the fans. And that was my biggest song, like solo to this day. So it’s just, it, it just made me realize like co you just, just focus on making the music and let the people decide for you, which is which man, you know what I’m saying? But it turned into a good situation, man. To this day, I still patrol. I still perform Flex Man, you know, so still getting paid off. So, you know, that’s. That’s one of the perks, man. You know what I’m saying? Trust your team. Definitely trust. Trust your team. The ones that love you, who love you, that you keep around.

[00:09:13] Dan Runcie: Yeah, and I feel like that’s a balance I hear from even the folks that have been doing this in entertainment for years. I feel like Denzel was someone who had said, he’s making all these equalizer movies, right? But he’s like, those movies pay the bills so that I can do these August Wilson plays and all of these things that really mean something to him. So I feel like Flex might be that for you, that gives you the ability to do the stuff you really wanna put out so….

[00:09:38] Rich Homie Quan: And that’s what it was like. I was kind of afraid of my creativity on that song. You know what I’m saying? If that make any sense. Like, I don’t know. Cause I make a lot of music, man, and it’s a lot of songs that’s probably similar. That’s like that, that will never come out only because of my mind. But that’s why lately I’ve been letting the team, I create, let the team decide, you know? Pick which ones they feel like that needs to be heard. You know what I’m saying? So that’s why I’ve grown that as, as an artist slash CEO, know what I’m saying, getting outta the artist mode and going step back. I trust these guys enough. You know what I’m saying? Not, they’re not gonna make me look bad, let alone make themselves look bad cause they’re part of this. This represents them as well. 

[00:10:15] Dan Runcie: Definitely, definitely. And if we fast forward a few years, here you are now you have R.H.Q Entertainment, you recently have the joint venture launch with Venice. Shout out, uh, Troy and Susie, the folks over there. Talk to me about this. What’s the vision for that joint venture? Where are things going? 

[00:10:33] Rich Homie Quan: Oh man, where are things going? I think, uh, the world is starting to see, and we haven’t even got started yet. That’s the crazy part. Like we haven’t even got started yet, but like, you know, it was one of those situations. The distribution was nothing I hadn’t had. You know what I’m saying? So like I said, it’s all about me, like always throwing new things and never want, try nothing twice. You know what I’m saying? Like I still don’t know like what my future holds, but I just know like, man, Venice has just been such a tremendous help to the RQ brand and for what I got going on, it just fit perfectly. And it wasn’t one of those, or we just jumped straight into it. I think like a big shout outta Red man. Cause red, like he did not give up man. And it might have took us six months to get everything just done the right way where everybody’s comfortable. And most importantly, everybody wins, man. You know what I’m saying? Big shout out Detroit. I was just with him last night. He flew down here, man. It was tremendous. Every time I’m, I’m big on energy and energy last night. Created a crazy vibe, man. You know what I’m saying? At the vintage man, Susie, everybody, the whole team Alyssa. I don’t wanna eat nobody out, but man, uh, I love it, bro. I love it man. And it was the best situation for me. And like I always like to say, I don’t wanna encourage no younger artists or anybody upcoming who wants to do music. I’m not saying independence may not be for you because at the same time, music takes money and sometimes a label situation may be the best for you. It just wasn’t the best for me anymore. Cause it’s something I. You know what I’m saying? And with me being in the game 10 years, like kind of saw it all. And now I know what’s best for me, man. The creative control, you know what I’m saying? And like, and I still have a partner, you know, I still have a partner, man, but now man, I’m, I’m really boss ceo and I’m, I’m loving it.

[00:12:24] Dan Runcie: So now that you do have a partner, but like you said, they’re not a record label, it’s more on the distribution side. What are the things that they are gonna be doing for you and like what does that partnership look like in terms of your role, in terms of Venice’s role? 

[00:12:37] Rich Homie Quan:  Okay. You got a partnership, man. It’s more so of a, uh, like a lot of things I didn’t know, like on the technology side of things and stuff that’s showing me, man, you know what I’m saying? Even with more opportunities outside of. You know, I’m, I think that’s the biggest thing now, man. You know, opportunities outside of meals, you know what I’m saying? Movie ventures and stuff like that that I had no idea that I thought I could tap into, but you know what I’m saying? It’s showing me, man, it’s beautiful man. It’s beautiful man. Feel top priority. It feels better. You know what I’m saying? Like I’ve been in label situations. The team we got over there, they’re working hard on 80% of these labels I saw, and I.So that, that’s what I love and that’s what it’s been, that being able to show me, man, that like they ain’t playing, they ain’t, they ain’t playing. You know what I’m saying?

[00:13:26] Dan Runcie: Oh yeah. Cause, cause I mean, Troy gets it and I know just seeing the way that they’ve structured things, a lot of it is thinking about how to think beyond streaming too.Right? Like what does web three look like? What do NFTs look like? 

[00:13:39] Rich Homie Quan: Exactly. So that’s what I’m saying. It’s stuff that I had no knowledge of. Of course I hear it, but now I. A person who can show it. And that’s what I told him last night. Like, man, it’s different when you, everybody that’s talking, but you, you’ve shown and prove everything you said, man. So, and that’s a big, and with me being able to have a direct line to him to be able to talk to him, you know, like, and no showing on the labs.

[00:14:29] Dan Runcie: No dope. No, that’s for sure, man. So yeah, it’s been good to hear you just talk about the ownership and just what it means to be a ceo. And I know it’s two different hats you gotta wear. Do you feel like Quan the CEO is any different from Quan the artist? 

[00:14:44] Rich Homie Quan: I would definitely say according to CEO is a whole lot different from the, uh, from the artist. And that’s only because as an artist, I be in my mind a lot. You know what I’m saying? I be in my mind a whole lot. But as a CEO, I get it. Where you gotta get out your mind. It, it ain’t about your mind or your feelings, man. It’s business. You know what I’m saying? It’s, it’s business and, and that’s why I have to separate. It’s what they’re totally. And is only corn as an artist with the microphone, whatever. When I’m not the microphone, it’s about the family and it’s about the beast. You know what I’m saying? In that order. In that order, and God, of course, first with him being first, you know what I’m saying? I’m backing up. You know the son. 

[00:15:23] Dan Runcie: Yeah. No, that makes sense. That makes sense. Yeah. And thinking back just about your career, I feel like we’re just talking at the beginning of the conversation, right? Whether it’s you, Migos, Rockos, a few of you that came up in this same timeframe, but I feel like y’all were a little bit early then when streaming really took off. And I often wonder like, man, like they obviously all had successful careers, but would things look any different, and maybe it was like two or three years later when you saw how streaming was streaming really copied what y’all were doing.

[00:15:54] Rich Homie Quan: I remember, yes. I remember that. Like when the first, like my biggest records, like those were so hard copies, you know what I’m saying? It’s been like, it wasn’t no streaming, it was just like, but a lot of my packs packs. You know what I’m saying? Me and record sold like no, like, you know, physically. So it is different. Like there was still city players then and stuff, you know what I’m saying? So it was, when they first started talking streaming, I was like, I can get paid out that, nah man put, I wanna sell money just now. Like you said. I really feel like they got something from the numbers we were doing and, and turned it. All the way. So I love it, man. And that’s why this run here is more important. Cause I’m gonna get me some of that. No money, I promise you that.

[00:16:37] Dan Runcie: Oh yeah. A whole lot. Yeah. The thing. Yeah, the thing. I feel like that you all. A lot was just dropping in the frequency of when the mix tapes came out. Right. It was like you didn’t let up.

[00:16:49] Rich Homie Quan: Like all Now and now Mix Tapes are album, they’re no more mix tapes, you know what I’m saying? Like I think I saw something from He is gonna bring mix tapes back and it’s like even now Mix tapes are album, then there was still mix tapes. Right. You know what I’m saying? Like come on. But yeah, it’s ok. I got something.

 [00:17:07] Dan Runcie: I know, man. I know. So, yeah. So you had the recent release that came out. It was an EP For you though, how do you distinguish or make a distinction between EP versus albums versus Mix tapes now? Just given that everyone is putting out music and however they wanna label it, maybe. 

[00:17:25] Rich Homie Quan: Yeah. Yeah. To me, I differentiate ’em only because man, like, so what? I just put out the little EP man or mix tape. I feel like EP mixtape, same. Mix tape. I’m doing, I’m, uh, I would say I’m rushing the music, uh, album. I’m gonna take a little more time. You know what I’m saying? It’s gonna be a little more thought out. It’s gonna be, cause I still look up to my favorite albums coming from your, coming from your tis first album. You know what I’m saying? I’m looking at the structure of those and the instruction of those can’t be within a month, two month process. That process may take a. You know what I’m saying? Because you know, I need the content to rap about, but that’s the only way I differentiate towards the time I put out a man. You know what I’m saying? Time. 

[00:18:09] Dan Runcie:  Yeah, that makes sense. And I feel like for the most part, you can hear that from a lot of artists. Once in a while you’ll hear a mixed tape that people feel like it’s just as goods an album, but for the most part, The more effort that you hear or you hear to the production quality, you hear it in the bars and yeah.

[00:18:25] Rich Homie Quan: And they last longer.

You know that last longer. That’s why I feel like a lot of the music is here, you know, today and gone in two weeks because it’s so much similarities and that’s why I’ve been trying to stay creative with the process. Stay corn, don’t change my style, but I can’t evolve in my sound. And when I say what I mean, it’s like, you know, I don’t see the same stuff I used to see. Now I’m rapping about the things I’m seeing now. Cause I’m old. I’m trying to put my peers and the, uh, the younger generation on real estate, man, that’s probably less jewelry. Let’s be, you know what I’m saying, little less flashy and get the things that really matter. You know what I mean? We, we screen the block, let’s go buy a couple of properties on the block. So now, now we have a reason to, you know what I’m saying? Stuff of that nature, man, you know, and me just, you know, respecting my position and, you know, playing it.

[00:19:13] Dan Runcie: Yeah. You been getting more real. 

[00:19:16] Rich Homie Quan: Oh man. A whole lot. Whole lot. And I think last year, you know what I’m saying, a million plus on real estate, you know what I’m saying? And not a music checking ball, you feel me? Just last year. So I definitely getting into a whole lot more, man.

[00:19:31] Dan Runcie: Nice. Was that a rental property or a sale property to be here? 

[00:19:37] Rich Homie Quan: Uh, rental. A couple of flips and me selling my first. Nice. You know what I mean? Yeah. So it’s like, yeah, I did a million plus in real estate. No rap, no rap cap. And is this mostly in Georgia or is it El you got,  uh, not only in Georgia, you know, like I’m born and raised here, now I’m getting on. Now I have, I’m getting to the level I’m going out, you know, in different states and, you know what I’m saying, going to buy, you know, smaller, smaller stuff and just, uh, revamping them, doing resell. I’m doing a clip flipping and stuff like that, man. 

[00:20:08] Dan Runcie: That’s what’s up man. That’s what’s up. Appreciate that, man. Yeah. Are there any other businesses that you’ve been getting involved with outside of music? Uhuh, you? 

[00:20:16] Rich Homie Quan: Yes, sir. Uh, also with the 18 wheelers, got a couple of 18 wheelers, you know what I’m saying? We got box trucks, you know what I’m saying? A couple of car lots and stuff like that. Car mechanics, some stuff like that. It’s every type of way to keep it. Keep it rolling man. Keep it moving, man. You know what I’m saying? The pandemic opened my eyes up a whole. And I really had to take advantage of that time opposed just sitting in the house making babies.

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[00:21:44] Dan Runcie:  I hear you on that man. I hear you on that. What was it like for you during the pandemic? Obviously you couldn’t tour. I know that gave you an opportunity to explore these other ventures, but what was it like for you. 

[00:21:56] Rich Homie Quan: uh, the pandemic? Uh, what was it like for me? Uh, I would say that’s definitely the moment I caught my groove back in the music. Opposed when I had took that long break. You know what? Being here. Cause I had just moved at that time. I had just moved and got me another house. I had bought my, uh, the house for something. And when I moved, I didn’t set the studio equipment up for like close to a year. Just I, I’m syn like, come on man. And I think, I think the Migos might have had a just drop sign. I’m had my employees just dropped, but I’m hitting like in a competitor mode. Like I go drop me one two with just like, man, get up off your ass and go. Go get up off your ass and go do something. And since that day, man, I haven’t started recording. I built, I built the studio back at the house. A new one, A dope one. That’s where I’m at now. And get here, get it done. And it’s just like my whole mindset changed like, nah man, we ain’t giving up. We ain’t quit right now. Nah, man, I’m from Atlanta. We, we don’t throw in any white flash. You feel me? It’s going hard. I think, um, it started with that then from dropping some music, uh, in Lincoln with Ben and them trusting my plan and wanting to have my back, you know? 

[00:23:05] Dan Runcie: For sure. What has it been like for you with live music just coming back in general? Have you been going and doing as many shows as you were doing before the pandemic?

[00:23:17] Rich Homie Quan: I would definitely say I’m doing more shows than I was doing before the pandemic, and that’s probably because of the new music we’ve been dropping. But I’ve been trying to get like a little more social, social active on the social media a little bit too, man, that’s, that’s played a part and me just, you know, like I say, taking it a whole lot serious, more serious now realizing that the game don’t need me, game doesn’t change the players do. And realizing that I need the game, so let me act like I need this shit like you. Changing my mindset shit, man. That’s, 

[00:23:49] Dan Runcie: Yeah, no, that makes sense. And in other interviews too, you’ve talked about your place in Atlanta hip hop and your respect in Atlanta, hip hop ain’t you say you feel like you don’t get the credit you deserve.

[00:24:00] Rich Homie Quan: Nah, I don’t, I don’t, I don’t get the credit. Uh, I don’t, uh, like I say, I feel like the sound, like the Atlanta sound today. I feel like I should be one of those ones in that heavily influenced sound. You know what I’m saying? But I wasn’t vocal about it then. So I don’t respect them. But they know, like we know, like we know and they know, you know what I’m saying? Like you can’t mention the Atlanta sound today without mentioning corn. Corn, period. Period. You know what I’m saying? That’s why I’m, you know, top three and I’m not three. And that’s, that’s, that’s what it’s been. And I’m gonna show, I’m gonna show these people that I’m gonna show you. I’m gonna let the music show you. It ain’t just me saying it. I know what I, I know what we’ve been working on. They gonna see what I’m top three.

[00:24:44] Dan Runcie: And so top three are not three. Who? The other two? I don’t know. That’s what the people decide. I didn’t know three because, like I, but cause it’s really like a five in hour. Like I got like a. And the five will be, um, no order. Savage is up there and it’s just for today. It’s not all time. You know what I’m saying? Bro. You got Savage up there. You got Future Up, you got Thug up there, baby up there, and myself up there and I’m just, you know, I’m top three and three. That’s for everybody else. 

[00:24:47] Rich Homie Quan: I don’t know. That’s what the people to decide. I didn’t know three because, like I, but cause it’s really like a five in hour. Like I got like a. And the five will be, um, no order. Savage is up there and it’s just for today. It’s not all time. You know what I’m saying? Bro. You got Savage up there. You got Future Up, you got Thug up there, baby up there, and myself up there and I’m just, you know, I’m top three and three. That’s for everybody else. 

[00:25:16] Dan Runcie: Yeah, no, I hear that. And I mean, just here are the names you think about, thinking about you and a thug. I mean, I feel like lifestyle is one of the most influential songs of the decade.

[00:25:27] Rich Homie Quan: For sure,  for sure. Yeah, for sure. Or lifestyle and definitely that the uh, the rich game mix tape, the rich Oh yeah. Tape as well as the still going in. And I promise I never stopped going in that influenced the sound that influenced the sound man. Cause that’s when the differences came. The some type of wave and, oh man, that room was crazy that that decade did. It definitely influenced the sound.You know what I’m saying?

[00:25:56] Dan Runcie: Yeah. And I mean, even just the way that you see that artists are trying to do multiple things on a track, whether they’re trying to sing, they’re trying to real like the, I feel like you dug a lot of you were doing that early. So you combine that. You combine with the frequency that people are released in music. We, a lot of these pop stars just, you know, try to do different things on the, at all.

[00:26:23] Rich Homie Quan: You know what I’m saying? Like Yeah, I think, I think we showed it like they ain’t gotta be a single, the hold the tone. And I think it more people just want to go try like that. Cause I know I can’t sing, but I can hold a decent song where I can make you, I can, I can trick your mind. And I think a lot of people want to try that and that’s why, that’s why you hear it so much. It’s an unorthodox sound. We ain’t trying to sing, but it does sound, we try to hold a song and you hear that in 80% of the music you on the radio today. If you weren’t hearing that then 10 years ago, that’s all I’m saying.

[00:27:09] Dan Runcie: Yeah, no, you see where the trend is for sure. But yeah, I mean, For you. I do know that, you know, even though you had that moment, there was a period where you know, you weren’t released in music and there was, I know that in past interviews you’ve talked about how it was a bit of a difficult time for you. What was it like for you to be able to come back from that? I know you talked a little bit about how the pandemic was an opportunity for you to reset things. What was it like for you to really be able to come out of that and then still be in the place that you, you are today? 

[00:27:42] Rich Homie Quan: Oh, man. To come outta it, I think it was just like amazing. Took a whole lot of praying for one, stand down and like I said, man, not wanting to give up, man. You know what I’m saying? Knowing like, I think I, I started something beautiful and it’s still so. So many pages I’ve yet to get to, and I know I’m capable of getting to, I get to scratch the surface and like me being such an asshole to myself, you know what I’m saying? Like on days I would just make up, I would wake up mad just for no reason and like the people around me didn’t deserve it. You know what I’m saying? Like. I’m the leader and a lot of times like, man, I just know, like I couldn’t, I couldn’t continue to live like that and call myself a child of God, man. You feel me? So once I got that cloud, my head, man, it felt, it felt amazing, man. But I had to take it a day at a time like it. I wouldn’t be talking the way I’m talking now if I didn’t get filed over. Like it was some tough, tough, tough nights. Like I think, like I said, I went a year without getting in the. And I’ve always kept me a studio, like at my house, like a nice, yo, I didn’t, I didn’t listen to the radio three years, you know what I’m saying? But I’m still doing shows. Like I never stopped doing show, but my, my heart wasn’t in my mind, was there, but my heart wasn’t it. And I think like in this bitch heart gotta be in anything. And I like for my shit genuine and you know what I’m saying? My heart just wasn’t in it. So sitting back in this house for that, Um, reminiscing on a lot of things, a lot of memories, those good ones. And waking up one day is like, well, this is how you gonna hear your story. And I myself telling myself like, you better than all these niggas. But in order to say that, you gotta go put in the work to be able to show, show that. And that’s what it was, man. And I ain’t got, I ain’t got, I did in room since I do everything down here. I sleep down. You as you see, I’m getting my hair braided down here. We play the game down, the vibes down here, it your energy out. Don’t even come down here. You know? And that’s just what it been, man. 

[00:29:58] Dan Runcie: And I’ve imagine that some of that exact competitive nature too, right? Yeah. You don’t listen to the radio for three years. You’re focused, you’re locked in, but you’re still performing. When you start listening to the radio again, I’m sure you’re hearing what’s popping off and you’re like, no, I’m better than these.

[00:30:13] Rich Homie Quan: Oh yeah. Like when I’m hearing, I’m like, oh, this what people going crazy about. Oh no. We got to, we got to go to work.To go to work. And it was like, and when I started going to work, like at first I didn’t, I felt like, um, cause I, I was so used to doing songs fast, like going crazy. And when I got back in there, it wasn’t like I just got back in there and was the, it was the corner I am today. Oh no, it took time. It might have took six months before I got back to playing my songs back in the car from my, for the people around me. You know what I’m saying? So still I had to gain my confidence back, man. I had to get it back man. But I got it. Oh, I got it. I got it.

[00:30:50] Dan Runcie: And I know too for you, I feel like there’s a few things, cuz obviously it’s you as an artist, like we’re talking about Wanda artist building that up. You’ve got the confidence and you got the swag back with that. But I know that you’ve talked a lot about how 10 years from now you want Wanda CEO to be doing more of the work and you don’t necessarily wanna be making music as much. You talk to me about what you see that 10 years from now looking like.

[00:31:14] Rich Homie Quan: Uh,  10 years from now is a long time and I try not to see that. Like, and when I said. Cause I try to make like real short term goals that are real possible. But I do know and I like 10 years from now, I’ll be 43 and I probably said 12. Cause 45 sounds like a better number just to leave it alone. It um, I won’t be focusing on Coin the artist, but as far as point the CEO coin, the CEO may start writing more. Cause I just love music that much, but I still can never not see myself created. So, uh, I’ve been even dipping into it now, like more writing. Writing more, but I would probably doing, writing more, focusing on, cause I been trying, I’ve been doing models moderat lately when they do the fashion show, I’m walking the runway. It’s the first time I did that, I had just did the fashion week. So I’m already trying how that?

[00:32:05] Dan Runcie: How did you like doing the runway for the fashion show?

[00:32:07] Rich Homie Quan: Well, I haven’t done that yet. I, I do that next week. But just the fashion snow itself, just going to fashion week in new. Aw man. Amazing man. Like, just being around people like, oh my, like, I was almost like, I didn’t want my phone. I, but I was, man, that’s the boy from my show out. You know what I’m saying? Just like seeing Cal coo, no, see, uh, you saying boat? Amy? What’s her name? Amy W Winnie. Winnie Harlo. Yeah. Winnie Harlow. Man. Like just seeing her in person, just made and being. Front next to talking to court a like, dang. It just gets you in different room. I’m, and I’m saying like, I maybe could do this. I maybe we could do this for the next 20 years after rap. You know, I’m saying stuff like that. So it’s just like, you know, other stuff. Even like being an author, I wanna come out with a memoir. I’m ready to write my book, you know what I’m saying? Cause I do want to get in movies and I, uh, wanna come out with a autobiography movie one day. So, not even me playing myself, but at least writing it. I’m trying to get in directing, trying to get in. I see 10 years from now I see myself, that guy, man. 

[00:33:11] Dan Runcie: Yeah. Okay. I feel like we’re gonna see you at the Met Gala next year or something.

[00:33:15] Rich Homie Quan: For sure. For sure, for sure. I’m gonna be at, uh, try to be at a whole lot more of a man, a whole lot more and all this stuff that’s clean. I just gotta let ’em know I do this shit too.

[00:33:26] Dan Runcie: The memoirs are good. I mean, Gucci’s was good. Ross’s was good. I mean, there’s so much, and I mean, you’re obviously gonna be able to tell stuff that no one’s stole before. You’re gonna have the …

[00:33:35] Rich Homie Quan: Yeah, and I got stories that, I got stories that I know like, I mean, I just don’t give that, I think that would be dope into a book. Like, especially me being real, I think it’ll be more raw. Cause I love to read, so I would definitely give more, more details on my book, you know what I mean? I would definitely, yeah, it get spicy, it get spicy.

[00:33:55] Dan Runcie: Have you done as much on TikTok lately? Just, you know, whether you are the on camera, off camera and, and I’m have a lot of opinions about it.

[00:34:03] Rich Homie Quan: Yeah. I’m, I’m still adjusting. I’m still adjusting. I’m still adjusting. So now a lot of my TikTok has been like, like stuck on the music, but I’m starting, I’m, I’m gonna start, I’m, I’m gonna get a little more personal show, show the fans a different side of me. Cause that’s what I’m transitioning to now. Like I am a rapper and that’s what fans love. I’m transitioning just to showing them a little bit of, a little bit more of my personal side and just decide deciding which side of my personal side and what I’m willing to reveal. No, that makes sense. Cause I want to be authentic. I don’t just wanna get on there cause everybody’s doing it. I wanna have something different to offer and that, you know, it’s authentic. You’re getting a real me.

[00:34:42] Dan Runcie: Yeah, like, I can’t see you trying to do some like trick, like, you know what I mean? Like everyone trying to do these visual tricks.

[00:34:48] Rich Homie Quan: Like no, never, never, never, never, never. That, that, that goes against my morals and ethics, you know what I’m saying? Like , you know what I mean?

[00:34:57] Dan Runcie:  Yeah. No, for sure man. Well, no man, I’m excited for you, man. I feel like this is a good chapter. I feel like whether it’s a pandemic or other things, like these triggers that happen in life, give us a good opportunity. Just pause, reset, and come back stronger. And I feel like you got the infrastructure there to keep moving, man. So proud of you. Excited for you for what’s coming, but man, before we let you go, give us a heads up of what to look out for. What should we look out for the next couple months coming? 

[00:35:25] Rich Homie Quan: Uh, next couple of months coming from me. We In November. Yeah. Oh shit. Some weeks after this, man, you can look for us to be reloading the family in Moula. You know what I’m saying? We’re not gonna call it a deluxe, we’re just gonna reload it. Cause I feel like the reloaded is a deluxe anyway. And I think like that’s a trend I started years ago. So they, they, they say deluxe, but we reloading it with seven new songs.

[00:35:51] Dan Runcie:  Wait, wait. So, so you started the deluxe. 

[00:35:54] Rich Homie Quan: Yes. I’m not gonna say that, but it was called Reload. No, God, I’m not gonna say I started, but I think I did. You know what I’m saying? I think, I think men, I think Men Thug, what’s the first artist doing? You know what I’m saying? The Duo Mix tape that they name the album. You know what I’m saying? So it’s like a, you know what I’m saying? You know, history beats yourself. 

[00:36:18] Dan Runcie: Yeah. So dope man. We’ll look out for that and we’ll look out for the rest of this stuff coming from you.

[00:36:23] Rich Homie Quan: And more videos. Yeah, more, more videos in your face. A whole lot more. Yeah, man. More rq, the brand, uh, more, uh, RQ Time, Venice and more of us going up putting it in they face. Man. I’m on the way. We’re here now. We’re here now. 

[00:36:39] Dan Runcie: Love it man. I love it. quan, it’s been a pleasure, man. Thanks for joining. 

[00:36:44] Rich Homie Quan: Thank you, man. 

Dan Runcie

Dan Runcie

Founder of Trapital

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