Live performances are tough. There’s a lot of expectations of high energy, the pressure to deliver, and millions of eyes watching and ears listening. All the while the performer has only one shot to get it right.
Earlier this week, Rich Homie Quan forgot and apologized for forgetting the lyrics to one of hip-hop’s most popular songs at the Hip Hop Honors. Quan issued an apology which stated, ““I will forever be sorry to New York, my fans, Biggie Smalls, 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.”
However, the internet is still up in arms about the lackluster performance.
Rich Homie Quan only 26 tho. Is that an excuse not to know Big’s Get Money Verse?
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) July 12, 2016
Rich Homie Quan just gotta donate all his Coogi sweaters to Goodwill
— FORTES (@REALFORTES) July 13, 2016
Rich Homie Quan had one job. #HipHopHonors — Headkrack (@headkrack) July 12, 2016
Atlanta’s V103 interviewed Quan to hear what really went down. His excuse? Teleprompters. “I knew it by heart but then, the words, I told them I didn’t know all the words. I looked at the teleprompter and the teleprompter wasn’t there. I grew up on the Kilo Ali‘s, Outkast, T.I., the only song that I really know by Biggie is “Juicy.”
Even with his heartfelt apology Rich Homie Quan still believes that “nerves” and “technical difficulties” are to blame but folks are not letting up.
Can his debacle of a performance be forgiven or will hip-hop always hold it over his head?
For more check out a snippet of what Rich Homie had to say on V103 in Atlanta.