He also takes on Drake and ghostwriters.
It was a million years ago in rap internet time, but Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug had a bunch of songs leak onto the internet without either of their consent. Given the interest in the pair after the excellent Rich Gang Tha Tour: Part 1, it makes sense that fans would be happy. But Quan was very upset about the massive 100-song leak, and now he’s named names as to where the leak came from.
Since we already know that Cash Money runs like a multi-million dollar hot mess, it might not surprise you to learn that Quan blames Birdman for the leak. In a new interview with Everyday Struggle, the rapper named the embattled label head as the source of the leak.
While he says most of the songs were never going to be released, he says that the few that he considered winners getting out really got to him. “I got mad… when I would see them, I kept thinking it was a dream. Like, ‘I know this song,'” he said of the initial leak. “It might have been two songs out of all those songs that I really cared about. And once those two got leaked, I was like, ‘Damn, those were going to be on the album.'”
How He Avoids Leaks Now
Quan took proactive steps to avoid a leak of that magnitude ever happening again. He said he made his own studio so that he could ensure music wouldn’t get out unless he wanted it to.
“That was the lesson: Quan, get your own studio. No music getting leaked,” he said.
On Drake And Ghostwriting
Quan also weighed in on the issue that’s currently sucking all the air out of the hip-hop discussion: Kendrick Lamar’s seeming diss of Drake in a recent interview for Rolling Stone. Quan said that the majority of rappers are writing for themselves – he puts the number at 70% – and adds that the rap community looks down on the remainder who have been found to be gaming the system.
“We discredit artists who use ghostwriters,” he said. “You cheating, bro. You cheating.”
Rich Homie also directly addressed Drake’s ghostwriting allegations. “My buddy might help me out with a line but…we ain’t having reference tracks,” he said.
Surprisingly, Joe Budden defended Drake. He asked why the rapper was being singled out for something that was an industry standard. At this point, Quan admitted that ghostwriting can be a successful step into a real career as an out-front artist, citing Bryson Tiller.
The discussion turned to a bigger one on anonymity and how songs can be bigger than an artist. Budden said that songs can be a hit and grow bigger than the artist, leaving the artist behind to the point that no one knows the name of the artist behind massive singles.
They then explained how Quan avoided the trap when his mega-hit “Type Of Way” took over the airwaves.
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