It’s been a tough week for Rich Homie Quan. The Atlanta rapper received a ton of heat from hip-hop fans worldwide for forgetting the lyrics to Notorious B.I.G’s classic hit “Get Money” during a set with Lil’ Kim at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors. Many felt that RHQ disgraced the legend and should have been better prepared. However, Kim shed some light on the circumstances behind the fiasco.
In an interview with Sway In The Morning, Lil’ Kim confirms that Rich Homie Quan was not her first choice for the tribute. In fact, she originally wasn’t going to perform “Get Money” at all. Two major male artists were scheduled to perform songs with her. When they canceled at the last minute, Kim and her team decided to add “Get Money” to her setlist.
From there, Kim submitted a list of her favorite artists for VH1 to reach out to. The list included names like Rick Ross, Nas, Future, Drake, and Fetty Wap, but unfortunately each of them had prior engagements. The decision then came down to Rich Homie, a dear friend of Kim’s who immediately accepted the invitation to fill in the gaps of her performance.
“He’s a friend of mine, and I’ve known him for a little while,” she says. “He’s always good to me…and he didn’t question anything. He just jumped on that plane. And the whole thing was he was coming to fuck with Lil’ Kim. He was coming to support Lil’ Kim. He did not know at that time that he was going to be performing ‘Get Money.’ He didn’t know that.”
Although she describes the performance as a “dagger to the heart”, Kim says it all boiled down to bad communication.
“In my mind, everybody knows ‘Get Money,’” Kim says, adding that she witnessed him rap the verse during rehearsals. “He was very nervous,” she continues. “He’s such a good person. He was like, ‘It’s an honor that y’all would even put me in this position to fill such big shoes.’”
Not only were the fans disappointed to see the awkward performance take place – Lil Cease also spoke out saying he was disappointed that RHQ didn’t take the opportunity “more seriously, more professional.”
Rich Homie Quan was nothing short of apologetic, issuing an official statement on Instagram, “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.”
Head over to Sway In The Morning to catch Lil’ Kim’s full interview.
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