Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan (nee DeQuantes Lamar) blew up 2013 with his anthem “Type Of Way” and that’s clearly what he’s feeling since he now claims he’s another victim of the greedy industry and poor and deceptive management practices. (Note to Homie: the first deal you sign is usually not in your favor unless you do “the work” before you sign or release a record. Just ask TLC, Toni Braxton, New Edition and a host of others over the last fifty years or so) Rich Homie Quan is suing Think It’s A Game Entertainment for allegedly ripping him off to the tune of $2 million. In his lawsuit, RHQ accuses Think It’s A Game Entertainment, LLC and its CEO, party promoter and Atlanta businessman “Girvan “Fly” Henry for cheating him out of royalties from several albums over the past few years including his biggest hits “Flex” and “Type of Way.”
RHQ also claims Mr. Henry misappropriated funds to buy an Atlanta home for $159,500.
Additionally, the suit claims that Henry used another of his business enterprises, Fly Merchandise, LLC to sell and profit from merchandise with Quan’s logo and name on it and that Henry, fraudulently claimed ownership of a logo that included Quan’s name and profited from the use of that logo. A prepared press release states a twelve count court document filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division alleges Henry has not accounted for, nor paid monies earned by Quan, including royalties, for at least four albums, which featured songs including “Flex” and RIAA Gold Certified, international hit “Type of Way.” The suit names Def Jam Recordings via a partnership with Henry and rapper Trinidad James’ record label, Gold Gang Music Group, LLC, by which Def Jam paid Henry and Gold Gang $550,000 and distributed “Type of Way.” Quan says Henry and Gold Gang had no rights to the song’s masters and he never signed a record deal with Def Jam or Gold Gang.
“Type of Way” crossed over when the song was adopted as the anthem of the 2013 Rose Bowl champion Michigan State Spartans.
Word from the curb is the situation could get quite messy as RHQ has severed all ties with Think It’s A Game Entertainment. Girvan Henry has (you guessed it), no comment.
If his hip hop career ever becomes dead to the bed, perhaps Rich Homie Quan can get re-hired at the airport or go to law school. Who in the name of Matlock was his attorney? He may want to call Tracy Lee, the Philadelphia rapper who suffered a similar fate, educated himself and became a top entertainment attorney.
On September 11, 2015 Rich Homie Quan headlines The Back 2 School Fest, the brainchild of Scream Nation CEO Michael Mauldin. If you’re a homie on a budget, you can purchase tickets at more than 50% of the original price via Groupon. While you may shake your head and think “Homie don’t play that,” but dare I say “Homie don’t sell seats”