From “Type of Way” and “Flex” to working with Jermaine Dupri and Birdman, the rapper details how he helped define the New Atlanta wave.
Rich Homie Quan already had several hits and a dance made viral by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, when he released his debut album Rich As in Spirit on Motown earlier this year. Six years ago Quan was among other Atlanta rap proteges like Migos and Young Thug, honing their voices within the confines of mentor Gucci Mane’s studio. But he learned to set himself apart with a voice inspired by ’60s soul, plus he committed to a boundless work ethic (he titled a 2013 mixtape I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In). So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri featured Quan in his “Welcome to Atlanta” remix “New Atlanta,” and Birdman handpicked him for supergroup Rich Gang. Quan then followed this anointment with the two-times platinum “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh).” Rich As in Spirit is only a debut album by technicality — as his track record shows, Quan is on his way to veteran status.