Learning to play piano by ear, mimicking riffs and bass lines he heard on the radio and television; this was the beginning of Rich Quick’s music career. At the age of 7 he obtained a copy of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”. The CD had another track on it, the instrumental which sampled Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise” from Songs In The Key Of Life Vol. 1. Quick spent hours penning rhymes to the instrumental as a child not knowing this was the start of a life long passion.
Born and raised in Woodbury New Jersey, Quick spent his grade school years listening to music and learning how to write raps. In middle-school, Quick met two other young rap artists named Anthony “Loc” McCoy and Maurice “Moe Psalms” Junius, then known as Moe Cheeks. They set out to gather a super-group of best local emcee’s. The group gradually grew to six members; Loc, Moesama, J-Wev, Patch, Shad Dook and of course, Rich Quick. They was known as Rag Tag due to their diverse and disorderly composition.
In 2002 Rich Quick released his first solo project, “Get Rich Quick” which along with appearances on Rag Tag group projects helped build the buzz for his follow up LP “The Movement” in 2004. By late 2005 Rich had caught the attention of then Blakout Records President Ccelli. After Blakout Records dissolved Quick linked back with Ccelli and Jodie to join their roster at Exponent Entertainment, a Philadelphia based Hip-Hop management company. This introduced Rich to the Philadephia Hip Hop scene. He began building his buzz in the Philly area but performing at various high profile shows and appearing DJ NoPhrillz and Benja Styles mixtapes.
In April 2012 Rich Quick released “I’m With The DJ” Hosted by DJ NoPhrillz and Benja Styles. The mixtape was deemed by critics as a tribute to the many art forms within the Hip Hop culture. Rich created a strong foundation for the tape by showing a well rounded view of the art of emceeing, experimenting with song structure, unique rhyme patterns and flows. The first 500 physical copies of the mixtape included 1 of 5 limited edition hand drawn Hip Hop themed Art Cards. Rich included the Art Cards as a testament to Hip Hop’s influence on art and pop culture. The mixtape helped Rich get featured on websites like Allhiphop, TheSource, RapMusic and more. Rich also landed a whirlwind of interviews, cyphers, features and was propelled to doing more than 80 shows in 2012.