While yesterday’s VH1 Hip-Hop Honors was great for the most part (shout-out Teyana Taylor), the main takeaway from the glorious ode to Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil Kim, and Salt-N-Pepa seems to be the fact that Rich Homie Quan forgot the words to Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s “Get Money” — specifically, Biggie’s verse, which he was meant to be reciting. This certainly isn’t the first time something like this has happened — even at this event (Lupe Fiasco forgot the words to a Tribe Called Quest in 2007). As familiar as it may be, the roasting always follows, and this time there’s even a meme to go along with it (#RichHomieKaraoke).
Quan has been a good sport throughout it all, releasing a sincere apology on Instagram this evening. You can read his statement, in which he cites nerves and technical difficulties for the flub, as well as apologizes to New York, his fans, Lil Kim, and Biggie himself, below.
I assure you that I never intended to disrespect Biggie Smalls. I have long respected his work and his contribution to the rap game.I greatly apologize not only to Biggie Smalls, but also to all of my fans and to New York. The city of New York has been nothing but good to me. I felt honored to stand on stage with artists I grew up listening to.Once on stage I had some technical difficulties and must admit I got nervous.I will forever be sorry to New York, my fans, Biggie Small, Lil Kim, and all the Hip Hop community for my performance. I hope you can accept my apology. To Lil Kim, Thank you for the opportunity.
Rich Homie Baby