That explained why he went from releasing five projects between September 2014 and November 2015, to zero between December '15 and March '17. Perhaps that's what led him to sign with Motown, a label that's seen better days but has achieved recent success via its partnership with Atlanta's Quality Control. He'd just weathered a drawn-out contract dispute with Think It's a Game, the independent label he'd signed to at the beginning of his career, during which he wan't able to release new music. Artists wax and wane in popularity. Comebacks are hatched and fail to achieve the intended effect. Instead, he got leap-frogged by someone with a.
This stuff happens every day in rap, as in every other genre of popular music, but somehow none of the existing evidence fully describes what's happened to. It's never like that slot as Thugger's sidekick was Quan's only path to stardom, though. Only 28, he's always seemed like a bit of an old soul. Then he almost entirely stopped releasing music. When I , there still seemed to be a window of opportunity— a fast-closing one, but an opportunity all the same. You could argue that he hasn't done much to update his sound, but apart from hitting the trend of melodic trap in its 2012-2014 stride, Quan's never been reliant on sounding fresh or cutting-edge.
. Since we spoke though, there hasn't been a peep about it. As of today, Quan's only released two tracks since Back to Basics arrived last March, and hasn't offered any further details about his upcoming debut album. Business aside though, there's something admirable about Quan's refusal to rely on trends and gimmicks. Suffice it to say that a new collaboration between the two would have a much bigger impact on Quan than Thug, who recently scored his first 1 single as a featured artist. The actual tour that the tape hyped up never happened, and Quan and Thug were soon seen firing shots at each other. We've gotten some singles in the past few months, most recently but it seems like Quan is once again stuck in a holding pattern.
If you ever think I was falling off. Hopefully I don't go through no more legal stuff. He had hits of his own, and even a dance to his name. Release dates get pushed back by unenthusiastic labels. This straight, timeless element to Quan's sound is what made him such a good foil to on 's now-legendary 2014 tape, Tha Tour Pt.
At the time, it seemed like his debut album, Rich as in Spirit, was all-systems-go for a summer release. Let's hope we hear Rich as in Spirit sooner rather than later. He's clearly a priority at the label, but considering the interminable delays on Rich as in Spirit, it certainly doesn't seem that way. Two months before we spoke, Quan announced that he'd inked a new deal with Motown, who quickly the first new Quan project in 18 months. This time it's one he knows he can't afford. Compare Quan's non-response to the trend he inspired to, say, capitalizing on the dab craze they allegedly invented, and it's clear that he could have made the whole thing work in his favor.
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