One of the most memorable moments of college football’s 2014 bowl season featured an up-and-coming rapper dancing in the middle of a Rose Bowl locker room, surrounded by players and coaches, also dancing.
It was Rich Homie Quan, the Atlanta, Ga. native whose song, “Type of Way,” became the anthem for the Michigan State football team, which won the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Quan (Dequantes Lamar by birth) describes how his relationship with the Spartans came about.
Some of the highlights from the interview:
Quan on the locker room dance in Pasadena, Calif:
“I was like, I told them, ‘I just want to embrace the moment. I just want to watch. I don’t even want to take that away from them.’ I was excited about them winning. I wanted them to do their thing. I’m a fan of theirs just as much as they’re a fan of mine.”
On his relationship with the school:
“It wasn’t just the football players, but it was the whole school that had the Rich Homie pride.”
On being a mascot:
“I’m the second mascot. That’s how I feel. I’m the second mascot. I can’t take Sparty’s position.”