Rich Homie Quan: “To be honest, when I first started I wasn’t even listening to nobody else. If I go to the studio, I’ll drop something in right there and I’ll keep listening to the song I wrote myself because I want to make it better than my last song. But I still would listen to people. At that time, 2 Chainz had shit on smash, T.I., Gucci, Jeezy, all them have always been an influence. Webbie, Boosie.”
“For hooks, I’m inspired by The-Dream and Drake. I remember I was like in 11th grade and my best friend Jared, he used to always have an iPod, and I was like 'Dream? You listen to The-Dream?' He was like, 'Bruh, you got to just listen.' When I listened, that might’ve been it. Love/Hate, oh my god man. Honestly, that’s probably one of the biggest musical influences. That made me want to just step outside the box.
The-Dream wasn’t really singing, but he was. But it was like he had his own style. Despite what anybody thought, he was riding to me, and that’s all that matters.
“I think I got a tone, but it ain’t no tone because I was like, The-Dream wasn’t really singing, but he was. But it was like he had his own style. Despite what anybody thought, he was riding to me, and that’s all that matters. Love Hate signified who The-Dream was.
“His music, it’s not the same no more, but he’s still one of the greats to me. He’s still one of my favorites. As an artist, he’s different. He brought something different to hip-hop. He stood out. He knew what he was doing with the 'Falsetto' song, c’mon man. It’s a perfect song. That’s one of my favorite albums. When I’m 50, I’m going to always play that. My favorite song is 'Purple Kisses.'
“But I’m Quan, I feel like I’m different. Who had it like Dream with the hooks or Drake with the hooks? Because a lot of my hooks stand out. Even a little bit of T-Pain with the hook. When I was locked up, I had never heard of Future. It was T-Pain who was the man of the hook game. Everyone wanted Pain on the hook. I remember even going to court one day and I heard a T-Pain song and I was just so crunk in the van, I was like, 'The radio still turnt up!' I like all them on the hook, but Drake and Dream, c’mon man, they’re the hook kings! As far as melody. And Drake still spitting.
“I listen to Meek Mill and French Montana hard. Even when I’m on the road, if it ain’t myself I’m listening to, it’s Meek Mill and French. Rick Ross, Drake, Young Money, and MMG right now. They got the key right now. So Young Money and MMG is what we listen to when we on the road, other than myself.