We all make mistakes, but some are just more painfully embarrassing than others. If no one else knows, Rich Homie Quan does now.
The "Type Of Way" rapper was handpicked by Lil Kim to assist her in what can be described as one of the most important nights of her career: a night of tributes and recognition for her 20 years in the music industry at VH1's Hip-Hop Honors. After excellent performances by Lil Mama, Dej Loaf, and Teyana Taylor, Lil Kim took to the stage to perform a few more of her most popular hits, and Rich Homie Quan was acting the part of Biggie.
Fittingly dressed in a replica of Biggie's Coogi sweater, Quan started off the iconic "Get Money" verse just fine, until... it wasn't. By the time he mistakenly changed the lyrics "play Nintendo with Cease and Nino" to "play Nintendo with Cease at Alamo," the downward spiral had began and the jig was up. He fell completely off track until Lil Kim picked up the pieces-- twice! By the end, he had given it up completely, with Kim taking over the remainder of his verse. Watch below.
As you can imagine, it was horrifying to watch, and quite obviously even more disturbing to imagine being in his shoes. Twitter came down on him hard, and he felt so moved that he released an apology letter via Instagram, blaming both the technical difficulties and admitting that his nerves added to the moment and got the best of him.
Luckily, his idol and friend Lil Kim didn't leave him out to dry. Following his public apology, the Queen Bee came to his defense. "Spoken like a true giant," Lil Kim wrote via Instagram. "I loved you before and I'm gonna love you after Rich Homie. People make mistakes and things happen sometimes that we can't fix or undo. If you guys only knew the technical difficulties that went on behind the scenes. I would like to thank my friend @richhomiequan for coming through for me at the last minute. It's all love."
See Lil Kim's message atop Rich Homie's reposted apology below.
While Lil Kim is graciously forgiving - Twitter? Not so much. The hashtag #RichHomieKaraoke quickly took over following his performance and the internet had a hearty laugh about the whole situation. Tweeters changed the lyrics to their favorite songs, mocking the rapper's regrettable snafu.
Seriously though, it goes on forever, and it is glorious. Hopefully the jokes are helping him laugh through his pain; surely, Brooklyn needed it too.