After dominating the airwaves over the summer with "Type of Way," Rich Homie Quan sets out to prove that he's more than a one-hit wonder with "I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In."
Rich Homie Quan dominated the summer with his smash single âType of Way.â The song made its way onto the Billboard chart and helped catapult the Atlanta rapperâs career (and bank account) into a new stratosphere. Before he drops his debut album, the Atlanta native released the DJ Drama-hosted I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In mixtape with the hopes of proving that heâs much more than a one-hit wonder.
Quan, real name Dequantes Lamar, dispels all rumors and myths about him right off the bat with âThey Donât Know.â
âThey donât know about the time when a nigga got pulled over/ Boy, I swear to God they was trippin/ They donât know about the bag a nigga had stuffed in the trunk/ They was too busy worried about the insurance/ They donât know about the homie I got locked up/ Money orders every week, they donât know hoâs goin through it/ They donât know that Iââm a boss already, ainât nothing but 23/ Now them niggas tryna ask me how I do itâ
Even though he delves into his personal life with the opening track, for much of IPIWNSGI,Â Quan focuses on style over substance, though he is still entertaining. âI Fuck Wit You Girlâ pays homage to Quanâs special someone who he âfucks with like a middle fingerâ because she wonât judge him, and she took him back time after time even though he cheated. In âWWYD,â Quan reveals what would he do for some paper and questions others about where would they draw the line. On the stand-out track âGet TF Out My Face,â Quan enlists the help of buzzing rapperÂ Young Thug and they both get downright disrespectful with their verses to anyone that has a problem with them.
Quan is very happy to remind us about his rags-to-riches rise in the music industry and several songs on the tape are dedicated to that alone. After all, heâs racking in cash and never went to college. In âWhole Lotta,â Quan raps about having a whole lot of money, and the problems that undoubtedly follow. âMake That Moneyâ is the anthem for anyone trying to get that mula. Of course, it's only right to have Brian âBirdmanâ Williams for âCASH Money,â where the two trade bars about (you guessed it!) cash money.
No other song truly encapsulates Quanâs quick rise in the game or how he feels about it quite like the catchy âMan of the Year,â where he boasts of his sudden fame:
âYou ainât never met a nigga like me before/ That pistol on me, I keep it exposed/ I done made a million dollars and I didnât sell my soul/ Tell them folks that I got it/ And I didnât even go to college/ Brand new car and itâs roboticâ
The comparisons between Quan and fellow Atlanta auto-tuner FutureÂ have been made,Â but Quan is quick to differentiate himself from Future with a subliminal shot or two (although Rich Homie did say in a recent interview that he's never dissed Future),
âAnd Iâm the future, nigga/ I see your past/ Who the fuck told you I want to be your ass?â
The production helps carry this project a lot further than lyrics could by themselves. Absent from IPIWNSGI is âType of Wayâ producer Yung Carter, but in his place are beats from London on the Track, Yardeez, IzzeTheProducer, KE on the Track and several others. Despite their best efforts, and Quanâs, they couldnât capture lightning in a bottle again and there does not seem to be a sure-fire smash hit on the project.
If nothing else, this mixtape proves that Rich Homie Quan is one hell of a hook singer. What he doesnât bring to the table lyrically, he makes up for through auto-tune. If he practices his craft and hones his skills just right he could be the Nate Dogg of the south and that ainât a bad thing at all.
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