San Quinn is without a doubt one of the pioneers of Northern California rap. He’s been a mainstay on the local rap scene since he started out and has made a name by working with anybody who is anybody on the west coast. After a few years off to take care of personal matters and observe the hip hop game from afar, the Northern Cali native returns with a renewed focus and his much anticipated album Can’t Take the Ghetto Out the Nigga .
What’s going on with your music right now?
I got a brand new album out called Can’t Take the Ghetto Out the Nigga, with the single “Big Bank”. I should be dropping the next single any day now with a video to go with it called “Briefcase Money” featuring Burner and Relly Rell who are two Latino rappers. I like working with Latino rappers and I got a little Latino in me as well, but everybody doesn’t know that, so it’s “Briefcase Money” and Can’t Take The Ghetto Out The Nigga is the new album that I got out in stores. It’s kind of like a prequel to everything that I’m going to be doing soon.
What are your thoughts on the state of hip hop right now?
It’s good to see the little young up and coming rappers doing their thing. Now it’s this new kind of rap where they’re kind of rebelling against everything that’s going on and it’s good to see hip hop evolving. There’s three or four different genres of hip hop, which is good because it’s all our music and if you have enough depth to venture over into all of them and eat of all of them and be prepared to go into any arena and display that hip hop than you can get money from multiple strings of income.
What really exciting you about this latest album that you put out?
I haven’t dropped a solo record in three years, so it feels good. It’s not completely a solo project, but I got eight solo songs and then I got a lot of the artists that are on my Done Deal/772 label and people that I’ve been dealing with and trying to put on out of the Sacramento area, so I got North and South Sac representing on their pretty good and I feel like Sac, even though I’m from San Francisco, is a major supporter of what we do and they’ve been overlooked as far as hip hop and it’s good to see them out here and I was glad that I was able to help put Sac back on the map.
Why has it been so long since we’ve been able to get a new solo project from you?
I just took some time off to reassess my life and get my thing together as far as me being a man because I’ve been rapping since I was 14 and just constantly working. So, I just took some time off. I had the money to do it from my touring and I wanted to see where hip hop was going with the YouTube and people going from making videos for $20,000 to now people doing videos for $500 or $1000 and they have same type of quality. I was just trying to see what it was forming into. Record sales ain’t the same, there’s merchandising jumping off, there’s money on the computers, there’s different shit jumping off than when I first came and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t stay old. I wanted to step off it.