Quin NFN has had to pave his own way. Hailing from Austin, Texas, the 19-year-old didn’t have many examples to look towards for guidance when it came to making it in rap. “Other rappers in other cities have people they can look up to who already did what they’re doing,” he says.“Austin has never really had that.” When most people think of Texas rap, they likely think of Houston’s rich history and modern day success. But Quin is steadily changing this narrative, forging a new path at the top of his city, one hit song at a time.
Born in the year 2000, and raised in theNortheast section of Austin known as “Da 4,” Quin says he had a “normal”childhood: He spent a lot of time outside with his friends, played football, and got good grades. But once he got to high school, he started hanging out with the wrong crowd and stopped showing up to school. “I’d go to where we was making money at and that ended up taking control of me,” he says. “It went from going once a week to not going at all.” When he ended up getting kicked out of school, he told his mom he was going to find a way to get rich. To his surprise, instead of getting angry, she gave him money to go to the studio.
The first song Quin ever made was a remix of a track by Chicago’s teenage drill rapper Lil Mouse. The song earned him a local buzz in his neighborhood and Austin at large, as the city began to take notice of the then-15-year-old who was just beginning to make noise. His momentum only grew when he released the video for “Game time Pt. 2,” a track that finds Quin at his most aggressive, and promoted the clip on the SayCheese platform. Quin stayed consistent while maneuvering the pitfalls of Austin’s small scene and, a year later, he shared a snippet of the song that would change his life. Within days, the video for “Talkin’ My Shit,” a bass-heavy dose of Quin’s charisma and swagger, went viral, and his promise to his mom became a guarantee.
After signing with Eliot Grange’s 10K Projects in 2019, Quin released his debut album 4NUN, with features from PnB Rock and NLE Choppa. The project, which has garnered over 115 million U.S. streams since its release, found Quin challenging himself to push his rowdy sound further. But his latest project QUINCHO, out March 27, is a full-on showcase of his impressive versatility. Though he makes sure to still deliver turn-up anthems, like the rambunctious single “Ok Cool,” Quin also leans into his melodic bag to deliver catchy tracks like “All Blues.”
Despite all his success, Quin still lives in Austin, where he can be near his mom and where he’s most comfortable. He wants to be an example of how to handle growing rap fame for those that come after him inAustin, something he had to learn largely on his own. “I don’t really feel like I had a chance to look back and reflect on everything yet,” he says. Given how quickly he blew up, Quin says he’s now focused on mastering his craft. “There’s still a whole lot of stuff I’m learning and trying to perfect,” he says. “But I get better every time I go to the studio.”