Rich Homie Quan: “When I’m in the studio, I ain’t picking up no paper, no pen. I’m going in off straight feeling. If I’m feeling sad, you gonna know it on a song. If I’m crunk, then it’s a crunk song. If I’m going through something with my girl, you’re going to hear some love songs. That’s just how it is, I don’t write nothing. I live off emotion, off feelings.
“I’m a studio rat, though. If I go in the studio, I ain’t trying to leave. We’re really trying to work it out for like 10 hours. I work better during the day though. I’m not like a night owl, I’m a during-the-day person. During the night, nah man, I’ma still want to go home and chill.
“When I was in jail, I wrote so much that when I came home I was remembering some of the raps that I rhymed. So I start going from, 'I don’t need no paper, I can remember these two.' So I start punching in. I might not say a whole 16-bar verse, I might come do four, then, come back in, punch a six, then come back in, punch a two. Hey, we got a 12-bars. I remember the hook. I’m coming up with them things so fast.
I’m trying to create my own lane. It comes from me listening to myself so much. I want to make it better and not to sound like nobody. I think about every line before I say it, even an ad-lib.
“I’m trying to create my own lane. It comes from me listening to myself so much. I want to make it better and not to sound like nobody. I think about every line before I say it, even an ad-lib. I want them to make sense with what’s going on, try to paint like real pictures, make you feel like it’s your song. I’m always like Picasso with music notes. Just take you out of the element of rap. I don’t even want to be looked at as a rapper, just a hip-hop artist.
“'Type Of Way' is not really a crunk beat. It’s smooth, but like the feeling you get from it, and that’s what I think get people crunk. I’m not a crunk artist, I’m not a hardcore rapper. But I feel as though I can spit. I like a smooth beats man, I love 808s. Long as it’s smooth, I feel as though I can talk, get a message through, it ain’t about making a good song, what’s the message I can get on the beat. That’s what I be looking for.
“I always had melodies, but my rap style wasn’t so much about the storytelling. I didn’t have a story then. So it grew, you know, but I always had my same style, I always sung. I always felt as if that was going to differentiate me. I would just sing a little bit. Because I feel like, I’m telling myself, ‘I ain’t singing, but I ain’t hardcore rapping.’”