We at Stereogum have written a lot of nice things about Atlanta sing-rapper Rich Homie Quan, and he’s released a lot of great music. But this shit right here is too much. On “I Made It,” a never-released collaboration with Young Thug, Rich Homie sure seems to rap about raping somebody like it’s a cool thing to do: “I don’t want your ho, just want that cookie from her / She tried to resist, so I took it from her / How are you gonna tell me no? You must not know who I am.” There’s really no way to read that lyric and think of it as being anything other than a glorification of rape. The song actually leaked back in December, but somehow the internet (myself included) only collectively realized exactly what Rich Homie was saying today. The uproar got loud enough for Rich Homie to offer a feeble explanation.
Here’s the statement that Rich Homie Quan gave Billboard:
“I Made It” was never intended to be released. The song was not lyrically what I wanted to say and was not completed. Without my knowledge, there was a studio leak of the recording. I apologize that it’s out; and I have asked my lawyer to pursue a cease and desist on the song immediately. To be clear, I would never condone rape.
What an odd justification. “The song was not what I lyrically wanted to say.” Whoops, I just bragged about raping a woman, better not release that one.