Rich Homie Quan: “I first started thinking about making music when I was like in 11th grade. I ain’t really want to do music, it was just like one of my hobbies. I was like, might as well try. But when I really started to want to rap, started thinking I can make music on my own, was probably when I was in jail. When I was in jail, I started making music on my own. That was two, three years ago.
Teezy was like one of my first people who ever believed in me. He ended up getting killed. It really added more motivation for me. Like, I got to get it now.
“I done went to jail for a little minute. I went in for 15 months for burglary. I knew my dream of being what I wanted to be were scarce to none. So I knew I had to come up with a new hustle. I sat, I thought.
"From then, I was just like, 'Man, I’m trying to rap,' but I ain’t know if I was good at it. I ain’t know if it would work. I was shy at first. Ain’t know if no one would believe in me. But it worked. Started from jail, came out of jail, came home, got in the first real studio. From the real studio, started coming up with good songs. And then it just went forward.
“My friend Teezy connected me to the studio. Like two years ago, I met Teezy, almost like a year after I got out of jail. We was kicking it everyday. Teezy built a little studio, invited me in. He was like one of my first people who ever believed in me. He ended up getting killed. It really added more motivation for me. Like, I got to get it now. You know, I got someone pulling for me. From then on, I just ain’t never look back."