- 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.