In Toronto, it's a commonality for rappers (or people who use that moniker but are really just vomiting over a beat) to drop a few tracks, sometimes an EP, and disappear. This is largely due to the fact that most artists just can't make a big enough splash to be heard by anyone remotely important, or by an audience big enough to care.
Not so is the case with Quincy Got Rich. The fresh-faced, London, Ontario-born 20-year-old quietly dropped two singles last year that not only racked up a solid 70 thousand plays on Soundcloud in three months but are in regular rotation on official Spotify and Apple Music hip-hop playlists. Quite a feat, considering both tracks were actually his first releases ever. Today, Quincy (real name Quinton Grant) is dropping "DAT BIT"; the audio equivalent of what we imagine a submachine gun sounds like to those old gun enthusiasts who make YouTube videos and say things like, "This girl" when talking about inanimate objects. Yes, that is actually a real thing. Anyways, listen to the track—and read a bit about the man behind the blonde curls—below:
NOISEY: Tell us about yourself in a sentence or two.
Quincy Got Rich: I was born in July 1996. I began rapping at a young age, listening to a lot of Soulja Boy, Pharrell and Camron. My upbringing in London was unstable, which is why I moved to Toronto. That move heavily influenced my music.
The first time I heard " Cutty ," I honestly had trouble believing that it was your first release because it was so catchy. Tell me about this new track.
For "DAT BIT," I was actually just at the house and Trackstar sent me a Snapchat of this beat where he sampled 'Give It To Me' by Timbaland and Nelly Furtado. Most of our songs start with a Snapchat. It was super lit so I got up and we made the song right away.
You dropped two singles before this - both of which did incredibly well. What was your reaction to that?
You never know what to expect. Derek [Wise] coming through on Cutty off the jump definitely helped a lot, and I've just been grateful for all the love I been getting.
Off that point — you're an incredibly new face to the Toronto scene, but you're already off to a running start. What are your plans for this year?
A lot of heat. You can expect lot more music produced by Trackstar and GOOK, visuals, and a lot of work with some new producers is all on the way.
Please explain the name Quincy Got Rich to me.
What more is there to say?
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