Quentin Miller was introduced to the public in an unexpected fashion, but he is rolling with the punches and putting together an impressive resume.
Miller’s name first appeared on hip hop fans’ radar after he was “ousted” as Drake’s ghostwriter on “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”. Now all eyes are on the up-and-coming rapper as he continues to carve out his own legacy with his debut Canadian show in Vancouver.
The 27-year-old sat down for an exclusive interview with ET Canada on Saturday, April 29, backstage at CXXLAID in Vancouver. The hip hop event, curated by local promoter Kayode Fatoba, featured Vancouver-based rappers, DJs and artists.
Miller was home-schooled and he credits the experience, at least in part, for fuelling his creativity: “I guess it did play a part, because I had a lot of time to focus on making rap songs – but even when I was in classes I was writing raps.”
The “Potential” rapper’s name was thrown into the mix during the Drake, Meek Mill feud in 2015. While Miller’s name has been linked to the Canadian superstar, he doesn’t see the connection as an obstacle to overcome while etching out a career for himself. “Over time people get over whatever the hype is and something else comes up,” Miller explains.
“We’ve had a billion other trending topics since then,” he adds. “I’m proud of what was done [with Drake], it’s history, it’s there.”
Miller is hard at work on new music, adding more songs to his solo catalogue and WDNG Crshrs collaboration, but what is the Atlanta-based rapper’s ultimate goal? “Just leave my own mark, maybe get a trophy or two. Most of the artists that have won Grammys, they skip the Grammys,” he continues. “But I’m trying to go the Grammys.”
When the example of Frank Ocean is brought up as an artist who skipped the Grammys, Miller laughs: “Most of the people who win the Grammys are like ‘oh no worries’, I want to join that club. I want to get to the point where I’m like ‘I don’t want to go to the Grammys.'”
Miller is heading home and warming up for a May 20 gig in his hometown of Atlanta.