The Atlanta rapper reflected on his and Dicky’s “$ave Dat Money” collaboration in an interview with HipHopDX, saying the Dave star’s creative process reminded him of the Chicago rap icon.
“Lil Dicky… he doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves,” Quan said. “His mind… he reminds me of a Kanye — and I say that in a good way. Not Kanye Kanye, but perfectionist Kanye, you know what I’m saying?”
Also featuring Fetty Wap, “$ave Dat Money” was released in June 2015 as the third single from Dicky’s first and only album Professional Rapper. The accompanying music video, which has over 180 million YouTube views, follows the comedian/rapper as he attempts to “make the most epic rap video ever for no money.”
Despite contributing a brief yet not-exactly-on-topic verse to the song — which gets cut off by Dicky, who asks: “Quan, what does this have to do with saving money, though? You know, a full verse would’ve been too expensive anyways” — Rich Homie Quan revealed Dicky did actually pay him his full guest feature fee.
The former Rich Gang representative walked away with more than just money in his pocket, too.
“[The song] was his idea. He pulled up to my house to shoot it, but he paid me my full price,” Quan added. “But his mindset, his creative control… I learned so much from him in that little time we spent together.
“We wasn’t in the studio. It was sent via email. I sent back a full verse. I was kinda sick like, ‘Bro, I started going in right there!’ He was like, ‘Quan, hold up, wait. We’re gonna cut it.’ But I love to create.”
Rich Homie Quan also admitted that he was unaware who Lil Dicky was when he reached out about the song, but he quickly took a liking to the self-deprecating comic, who he now considers one of his closest friends in the rap game.
“When he first sent it, I was like… I didn’t know who Lil Dicky was,” he said. “And that’s nothing against Dicky because I fell in love with him, man. He’s one of my Hip Hop friends, a good friend with a great heart.
“He loves what he does, and he’s genuine about what he does and he puts his all into everything. He could mess up on a tone and he’s mad. ‘I didn’t say it right!’
“We did something on live TV — I forgot what it was, it might have been Jimmy Kimmel or something like that — he was so mad. And I was like, ‘Bro, you killed it!’ [He was like], ‘I messed up on this one verse!'”
He added: “I love the love he puts in, the heart, he puts his all into it, so I learned that from him — if you gonna do it, give it your all; if not, go home.”
Watch the interview below: