Rich Homie Quan has been quiet on the music front over the last year-plus after breaking out of Atlanta with hits like YG’s “My N—a” (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 today, the young MC is officially tossing his hat back into the ring by signing a major label deal with Motown Records and Capitol Music Group.
According to a press release accompanying the announcement, Quan is currently in the studio recording material for what would be his debut album, which is set to be released this spring.
“First and foremost I would like to thank God for this amazing opportunity,” Quan said in a statement. “I’m excited to be a part of a building that has such great history in music. I look forward to this new chapter in my life and giving my fans the best I have to offer.”
Quan, known for his prolific output on the mixtape circuit over the years, hasn’t released a full project since November 2015, though he popped up on songs from Jim Jones and Future in the past year. In late 2014, he teamed with Birdman and Young Thug to release Rich Gang’s collaborative project Tha Tour: Part 1, which included the breakout single “Lifestyle” that reached No. 16 on the Hot 100, Quan’s highest-charting song to date.
“I am excited that Rich Homie Quan is joining our next generation of artists here at Motown,” said label president Ethiopia Habtemariam in a statement. “He is an amazingly talented rapper, writer and performer, and I’m grateful to be partnering with him as he enters the next chapter of his career and continues his evolution as an artist.”
In recent months, Quan has been in the headlines more for his troubles outside the studio than for the successes he had enjoyed with his music a few years back. An alleged attack on a bouncer at a club in Miami — complete with a wild report of an escape via boat — made news in April 2015; two leaked tracks featuring his vocals appeared to show the rapper condoning rape, prompting a public apology in June 2015; a video showing Quan smoking near his one-year-old son reportedly sparked a child investigative services inquiry in September 2015; and a botched performance at the 2016 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors last July, in which he messed up a lyric by The Notorious B.I.G., caused a backlash that resulted in another public apology.
But last August, he settled a long-running lawsuit against his former label, T.I.G., which left him free to sign a new record contract. With this deal, Quan joins a growing Motown/Capitol roster that also boasts fellow Atlanta rappers Migos, OG Maco and Lil Yachty, through a partnership with Quality Control Music.
“Quan is an extremely talented artist who creates hard-hitting and insightful music that reflects his life experiences and connects deeply with his audience,” said Capitol’s chairman/CEO Steve Barnett in the release. “His authenticity, combined with an enormous amount of hard work and vision, has brought him a long way over the past several years, and we’re all excited to help him reach the next level and beyond.”
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Added Motown’s svp of A&R Ezekiel “Zeke” Lewis: “I am thrilled that Quan and his team decided to partner with us for the next phase of his promising career. We look forward to great success, and helping him bring his complete vision to fruition. I want to thank Steve, Ashley and Ethiopia for their support and trusting me to get it done. Now if I could figure out how to get him to hand over one of his iced-out Patek Philippes, I’d really be winning.”
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