UPDATE 9:07 p.m. EST: Hours after Rich Homie Quan released his apology, Lil Kim made sure to let the world know she had his back. On Tuesday night, the Queen Bee responded with an Instagram post, in which she defended Quan's performance.

"Spoken like a true giant. I loved you before and I'm gonna love you after Rich Homie," Lil Kim wrote in an Instagram post. "People make mistakes and things happen sometimes that we can't fix or undo."

You can read her full response below. 

UPDATE 5:35PM: Rich Homie Quan took to Instagram to apologize for his blunder of a performance at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors. "I never intended to disrespect Biggie Smalls. I have long respected his work and his contribution to the rap game," he wrote. "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."

Quan further explained he had some technical difficulties during his performance and was also nervous. "I will forever be sorry to New York, my fans, Biggie Small, Lil Kim, and all the Hip Hop community for my performance. I hope you can accept my apology," he added. You can read his full apology below.

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During the VH1 Hip Hop Honors on Monday night, honoree Lil Kim performed the classic Junior M.A.F.I.A. anthem "Get Money." To rap Biggie's verse, she brought out Rich Homie Quan.

The Atlanta rapper stepped out onstage, mumbled a few words, and then proceeded to awkwardly ad-lib his way through the rest of his stage time. You can see the full fiasco here, starting at the 1:30 mark.

Lil Cease took to Instagram to comment on the performance, but did say that Rich Homie was still his guy. 

Twitter immediately went into a frenzy, with some people questioning why Quan was even chosen in the first place.

Others simply could not believe what they had seen. 

Some tried to imagine how the Bad Boy team would have reacted.

And more practical-minded viewers wondered why Quan simply didn't rehearse more.