Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Active Since: 2012
Label: T.I.G. Entertainment
Twitter Handle: @RichHomieQuan
Essential Listening: Still Goin In (Reloaded)
Pros: Growing popularity in one of the country's most lucrative rap scenes and a single that's starting to pop nationally.
Cons: His vocal style reminds a lot of people of Future.
After a year-long stay in county jail on a burglary charge inspired a lifestyle overhaul, Georgia MC Rich Homie Quan decided to try his hand at rap, dropping comfortably into the same new weird Atlanta scene that spawned Future, Ca$h Out, and Young Thug. Quan's approach is similar to that of his contemporaries: on releases like this year's Still Goin' In (Reloaded), he employs a flow pairing flashy displays of wealth (best displayed over snarky lines like "That car I'm driving make you feel some type of way" off his breakout single "Type of Way") with emotive singing that adds character to his matter-of-fact lyricism. But Quan's more than just another goon rapper. His subject matter can cut left at any time, like it does on "Hurt No More," a deep cut that's every bit as somber and reflective as the lead single is triumphant. —Craig Jenkins