Rich Homie Quan is not only rap star, but also a convicted felon. Quan wasn’t always a criminal. The Atlanta native used to carry a high grade point average in school before he dabbled in a life of crime.
Rich Homie Quan’s criminal activities caught up with him after he was nabbed on a burglary charge. As a convicted felon, Quan had to turn lemons into lemonade.
“[Prison] gave me more things to talk about, Quan told Hip Hops Revival. “It made me find myself. Before I went to jail, rapping was just a hobby. When I got out of jail, I told my story from being locked up in jail. It brought me a fanbase and a buzz. “
Quan opened up on his burglary charge on ESPN’s Highly Questionable.
“I got locked up for burglary,” he said. “Keep in mind I graduated with a 3.2 grade point average. At that time I had a felony, which I know is an F on my report card. I can’t be that doctor I wanted to be anymore. I can’t be that lawyer I wanted to be anymore. I played baseball from 14 to 18, so no more baseball.
“When I got locked up, I’m under the impression I’m getting out the next day,” he continued. “…I sat in jail with no bond for four months. They sent me in there like I had murdered somebody. I was on the top floor in confinement, 23-hour lockdown a day.”
Quan told Hip Hops Revival it was hard being a convicted felon.
“It’s hard to get a good job,” he said. “It’s hard to do anything with a felony on your record. So I tried to master my craft. I started getting in the studio everyday. After that, I got better at it and it took off.”
Quan offered words of encouragement to fellow convicted felons.
“Never give up, man,” he said. “Still follow your dreams. Sometimes you made have to after a process of elimination figure out what you’re good at. Never give up. Follow your dreams.”
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Rich Homie Quan Talks Hardships Of Being A Felon, Offers Advice To Convicts
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