If I told you that Rich Homie Quan played ball, I doubt you’d be shocked. He’s Black. He’s from Atlanta. And the cliche goes if you want to make it out of the hood, you either rap, play ball, or sell drugs.
But you would immediately be assuming I was talking about basketball. What no one would expect, however, is baseball.
That’s right. Rich Homie Quan played baseball. Yes, the sport that is hemorrhaging 7.2% of their fans, the one that Black folk ain’t been into for decades, that’s the sport Quan played. And he was good.
How good? He started varsity his freshman year and was a leadoff hitter. Let me explain the characteristics of a lead hitter. They have to be patient. They can’t go swinging at everything. They need to be able to get on base, and they need to be able to stay composed with two strikes.
Sports are great teachers of character which is why it’s no surprise that the Atlanta rapper was patient waiting for the right deal. Nor is it a surprise that after his first arrest (STRIKE ONE), he was able to redirect his energy to music.
There was two mixtapes in 2012 before Quan’s breakout year, 2013. You had “My Nigga” — that YG/Jeezy collabo, you had “Type of Way,” that jawn that became the Michigan State football team fight song, all of which led to Quan being on the 2014 XXL Freshman cover. Homie was gettin’ on base.
But every hitter cools off.
In 2005 it came out that Quan was suing his record label for alleged theft (foul ball), so he wasn’t releasing any music (foul ball), luckily he settled but his momentum had been slowed (foul ball), he signed a deal with Motown…but was arrested shortly thereafter (STRIKE TWO).
Rich Homie Quan released his debut studio album in 2018, debuting at 32 on the Billboard 200. He’s released two EPs after that but at press hasn’t put out music in a minute. But if Quan can tap into his lessons learned from his baseball past, there’s a chance he can get a homerun on a full count.