Rich Homie Quan: Who he is and why you should feel sorry for him

Rich Homie Quan attends the arrivals at VH1's Hip Hop Honors at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center on Monday, July 11, 2016, in New York.

Story highlights

  • Quan performed at "Hip Hop Honors" Monday night
  • It did not go well

(CNN)Woe is the man who forgets Biggie Smalls lyrics.

Rapper Rich Homie Quan is being ridiculed all over social media and even if you have no idea who he is, you have got to feel a small measure of pity for the man.
    Imagine yourself, in a car, rapping or singing along to a great song, and then you either fumble or forget the lyrics. No big deal right?
    Well Quan, whose legal name is Dequantes Lamar, did it on stage Monday night while performing at "VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens."
    Rapper Lil Kim brought Quan out to do verses by the late rapper, Biggie Smalls, on the now classic song "Get Money." Let's just say it was not Quan's finest moment. And while his name may not be well known by the masses, the (Twitter) streets are definitely talking about Quan.
    One tweet summed up his rendition as "everyone's karaoke nightmare."
    Biggie, whose 1997 murder remains unsolved, is both beloved and revered by fans, so Quan's problem-plagued performance stirred upset.
    Quan released a statement of apology Tuesday night saying, "I assure you that I never intended to disrespect the Memory of Biggie Smalls. I have long respected his work and his contribution to the rap game."
    That statement continued,"Once on stage I had some technical difficulties and must admit I got nervous. I will forever be sorry New York, my fans, Biggie Smalls, Biggie Smalls Fans, Lil Kim, and all the Hip Hop community for my performance," wrote the rapper.
    That wasn't enough for some who gleefully began tweeting #RichHomieKaraoke with references to made up lyrics to other hit songs. For example, "Don't go chasing waterfalls" from TLC's hit "Waterfalls" became "Don't go Jason Waterfalls."
    Quan has at least one defender. Roots drummer and co-frontman, Questlove, has called on all the Quan haters to check themselves in an eloquent Instagram post that reads like a virtual mic drop.

    See a lot of y'all catchin feelings over the "Get Money" ball drop from #HipHopHonors. But check it....A lot of you "real hip hop heads" seem to magically think that the music of our prime is gonna just translate on dopeness alone. I mean EVERYbody should know this song right? It's the Hood National Anthem. Even Big's rival had to reference "Get Money" to clap back at him. So how it all fall apart? I don't blame RHQ. I blame us. I don't mean shame on radio & media programmers either for these diminished returns. I literally mean you and I. We are to blame. We watch what we eat (well "some of us 😏) but won't treat the music we consume like we do food. You need BALANCE! If you haven't made a playlist for about 20-50 people in your lifetime (mixtape/spotify/tidal/apple/etc) then you failed hip hop culture. --not sayin you gotta be all deep making Dilla b side Japanese import levels of stuff. But something as simple as "La Di Da Di" can easily be forgotten in these days & times. YOU gotta pay it forward! America is a disposable art society that makes genius innovations only to toss out yesterday's creations tomorrow. And the way we mass consume entertainment, it's a wonder we can separate quality from trash. I'm not ranting just to rant. But y'all should at least know where we headed. Remember when y'all were praying "dear god PLEASE let these BET AWARD tributes be on point 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾" few weeks back? Welp. That's the times we live in. We have no more singing groups or bands or crews w major record deals. (if you can barely count 10 fingers worth of worthy acts that give you the chills in 2016? You in trouble. The #CultOfPersonality stage of entertainment started in 96, & some 20 years later we got more famous people than we have those that effect us. I understand magnetism. I know entertainment geniuses that can barely hold a conversation let only your attention for 3 mins. I also know half trick ponies whose social media following outranks major city populations. Point is if you don't BALANCE your intake & keep skipping salads for dessert "gettin money" finna be the LEAST of our problems. #Each1Teach1

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