Following his egregious slaughter of Notorious B.I.G.’s Get Money verse during VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens, unintelligible rapper Rich Homie Quan has been roasted mercilessly for his transgression, but those responsible for this event should be holding this L along with “Homie.”
First of all, who’s responsible for suggesting that RHQ perform Biggie’s verse? What human being ever to hear RHQ rap his own lyrics would think: “Yes, he should perform Get Money with Lil’ Kim during All Hail the Queens! Book him immediately!” Once the idea was introduced, why didn’t anyone shoot it down? Hell, why didn’t Lil’ Kim object to this heinous duet? Was RHQ VH1’s last resort, because there are a number of rappers who would have appreciated an opportunity to crush that verse onstage.
During an interview with Atlanta-based radio station V-103, RHQ issued an apology and a half-assed excuse for his misdeed, citing “technical difficulties” and nervousness as causes for his lackluster performance.
“I did rehearsal like, two times before I did it, you know what I’m sayin’? One time with the paper, and one time without. I had…I knew it by heart, you feel me? But then, like my words, my…I told ’em I didn’t know all the words, so the words supposed to be on the teleprompter. When I looked on the teleprompter they wasn’t there. My heart was poundin’ from the pressure! I was on there nervous…”
While my attempt to decipher your incomprehensible rambling of an apology/excuse was a daunting task, I think I understand you. I’m sure it is nerve-racking to be onstage in front of countless celebrities and Hip-Hop Heads, most of whom are capable of turning in a far better performance than you did that night. However, Homie, did I hear you say: “I knew it by heart...”, and then 2 seconds later say: “I told ’em I didn’t know all the words, so the words supposed to be on the teleprompter.“? You do realize that you not knowing “all the words” means you didn’t know the lyrics “by heart”, right? And did you say you rehearsed “…like, two times before I did it.”? So, you didn’t know the lyrics, you only bothered to rehearse your performance of The Notorious B.I.G.’s verse twice, and you thought you could rely on a teleprompter to display lyrics you were supposed to rap. Rich Homie Quan, did you mistake the stage at VH1’s Hip Hop Honors for that of a karaoke bar?
RHQ went on to say: “..being from Atlanta I grew up on…Outkast, T.I.. Only song I know by Biggie is Juicy!”
Does he honestly think the rest us who live in the South don’t listen to musicians and rappers who aren’t Southern, or that Southern radio stations don’t play east coast rap? Either way, his entire statement was complete nonsense, and a lazy excuse. I think it’s safe to say RHQ has never even heard of Run DMC, MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Jay-Z, Nas, The Wu-Tang Clan, Foxy Brown, Onyx, or Junior M.A.F.I.A. This isn’t due to him being from the South, it’s because he thinks great rap only comes from the South.
Obviously Rich Homie Quan is deserving of the savage onslaught of memes following this year’s Hip Hop Honors. He had no respect for the material he was asked to perform, and he didn’t care enough about the event to take time to rehearse the verse thoroughly. Even if the verse wasn’t a Notorious B.I.G. classic, RHQ had an obligation to at least make an effort, which he clearly did not. Even so, the blame really falls on VH1 for allowing this travesty to occur. At this moment everyone should be directing their torches and pitchforks towards the network, because if VH1 isn’t called out for this screw up, the next Hip Hop Honors may feature Young Thug performing 2Pac’s Dear Mama. I don’t think anyone wants to see or hear that.