Questlove Thinks Rich Homie Quan Forgetting Biggie’s Lyrics Is Part of a Bigger Problem
Rich Homie Quan has gotten a lot of heat for his blunder at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors show. On Sunday (July 11), the Atlanta artist forgot the lyrics to Biggie's "Get Money" during a live television tribute to the legendary rapper, and Rich Homie was promptly roasted by media, fans and fellow artists alike. The next day, Questlove took to Instagram to defend RHQ.
Questlove believes that hip-hop heads are to blame for failing to keep Biggie's music alive and relevant. He writes, "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."
The drummer continues with a fully fleshed out argument. Despite Questlove's words, many in the hip-hop community feel that Rich Homie should carry all the blame for what happened.
In case you missed it, the Twitter roast was nothing short of amazing - be sure to check out the best tweets from the ensuing #RichHomieKaraoke phenomenon. In part of the aftermath of the performance, on Tuesday (July 13), RHQ tried to blame the teleprompter for his mistake on live television.
It's no surprise that fellow rappers have joined the roast-fest, too. The Game and Problem ragged on RHQ, as did Maino. New York MC Joey Bada$$ called him out on Twitter, typing, "What rich homie did on the vh1 honors is everything that’s wrong with hip hop."
So, do you agree with Questlove? Let us know by dropping a comment. You can view the Instagram post in full above via his personal account. Keep it locked to XXL for more music and news from both Questlove and Rich Homie Quan.
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