Teaming up with Young Thug was simultaneously the best and worst thing that could have happened to Rich Homie Quan. On the one hand, being part of the most exciting duo in mainstream rap has elevated his profile significantly. On the other hand, he’s currently suffering from Big Boi syndrome, his shine blocked slightly by his more outlandish and inventive rapping partner. Songs like “Flex” ensure that he’s still got plenty of star power when outside of Thugger’s orbit. It’s a minimal melodic banger that finds Quan applying his next-generation-Future sound to an instantly memorable Nitti Beatz/DJ Spinz production. I can’t stop replaying it today, so check it out for yourself below.
Quan has a new EP on the way this month, but there’s no telling if “Flex” is part of that.