If you know anything about the music scene in Atlanta, it’s that many new sounds were created in the thriving city over the years. Rich Homie Quan, also known as Dequantes Lamar, emerged on the scene in 2013 and developed a sound that would inspire artists for generations to come. Throughout his career, Quan has been nominated for Best New Artist and Rookie of the Year from BET, earned a spot on the 2014 XXL freshman class list, and went double platinum independently. While the platinum-selling rapper reached many milestones over the years, he is ready to reinvent himself after taking some time off to focus on what matters most.
To celebrate his 33rd birthday, Rich Homie Quan released a new body of work titled Family & Mula, which features eight songs and a single feature from NoCap. This project gave listeners a glimpse of what Quan created during his downtime and how his music has changed due to fatherhood.
This month, I had the opportunity to speak with the Atlanta legend about the legacy he has built and what we can expect to come. Check out our interview below.
Lyrical Lemonade: What was it like being from Atlanta in 2011 and emerging on the rap scene with a sound that wasn’t familiar at the time?
Rich Homie Quan: It was different, it was hard breaking barriers, but I trusted in my talent so much that I wasn’t going to give up on my sound. I was just going to create fans and get them to buy into my story.
Lyrical Lemonade: Who inspired the sound you created?
Rich Homie Quan: My sound was inspired by a group of different artists. My grandma would play old artists like The Temptations. My dad would play a lot of R&B music and when I grew older, I began to take a liking to T.I., Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Lil Boosie, and Fabulous, and I kind of put all those together to create me, Rich Homie Quan.
Lyrical Lemonade: Over the years, you took some time off for yourself. What were some things you were doing when you were lowkey with your music?
Rich Homie Quan: I was still recording every day, I was reading more, and I took more of that time to learn the business aspect of the game so I can call myself a CEO. I started learning the business better and got in tune more with my own business.
Lyrical Lemonade: Do you feel like you get enough credit for the influence you had on so many artists that came after you?
Rich Homie Quan: No, I don’t feel like I get enough credit, but it’s motivation and inspires me to keep working so I do get the credit I deserve.
Lyrical Lemonade: How did Family & Mula come together? What was the inspiration behind the project?
Rich Homie Quan: Family & Mula came together I would say during the pandemic, or I would say right after my time with Capitol Records. But my confidence grew back under the pandemic. So, with my confidence back, we put the team together and they started writing the ideas that I love. During the time of the pandemic, it was strictly about Family & Mula. I was still on the road getting money and I would come home to my family and go into the basement to work.
Lyrical Lemonade: You spoke about being in a new era in your life right now. How is this era different from any other time in your life?
Rich Homie Quan: This era is different because first and foremost I’m all the way indie. Right now is something that I’ve never experienced, I love the creative control. Other than that, my energy is good, but my energy is different. I’m seasoned now. 10 years ago I was a newcomer, I was a kid, but I’m a man now. I’ve been through a lot of adversity, and the adversity, it’s made Rich Homie Quan who he is.
Lyrical Lemonade: Why did you pick NoCap to be the only artist featured on this project?
Rich Homie Quan: I’m a fan of his work, I love his wordplay, and I love the way he gets on the beat with him being from Alabama. It was just something different and it was one of my first times getting my feet back wet and trying to get myself in with a new generation, intertwining with different fanbases.
Lyrical Lemonade: Is there anyone you wish you could have had on this album?
Rich Homie Quan: No, the people I got on this album are who I wanted on this album. Of course, I want to work with more artists in the future, whether it be on an album or not, IDK, but we got who we wanted on here.
Lyrical Lemonade: Does being a father have any influence on the music you create now?
Rich Homie Quan: Being a father has a big influence on the music I create now, only because my kids are getting older. I’m a father of 5 now so it’s just different, I see things differently, I care about when they type my name in, I care about what pops up, I care about what I say in my interviews, I care about the way they perceive it. So, yea being a father has influenced my music 100 percent.
Lyrical Lemonade: What can we expect from you in the months to come?
Rich Homie Quan: Expect more music and more visuals. Quan is back to telling his story but on a consistent basis. I think we’re going to be more consistent than we’ve ever been because we’ve been sitting on a lot of music for a long time. I’m confident enough in what we have and it’s time for the world to hear it. My project Family & Mula RELOADED just released through my partnership with Venice Music on all platforms now with 7 new tracks.
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