By Will Robinson
Updated July 13, 2016 at 08:12 PM EDT
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Thanks to nerves and technical issues, Rich Homie Quan’s effort to take on The Notorious B.I.G.’s part in “Get Money” at the recent VH1 Hip Hop Honors wasn’t as successful as it could have been — and in a new Instagram post, Questlove urges people to stand back and look at what might be causing people’s anger.

“See a lot of y’all catchin feelings over the ‘Get Money’ ball drop from #HipHopHonors. But check it,” he wrote next to a photo of the late B.I.G. “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. … 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.”

The Roots drummer went on to stress the importance of treating consumption differently and sharing one’s taste with as many people as possible. “YOU gotta pay it forward! America is a disposable art society that makes genius innovations only to toss out yesterday’s creations tomorrow,” he continues. “And the way we mass consume entertainment, it’s a wonder we can separate quality from trash. I’m not ranting just to rant. But y’all should at least know where we headed.”

RHQ was collaborating with honoree Lil’ Kim during the VH1 event. Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, and Salt-N-Pepa were also recognized.

See Questlove’s full Instagram post below.

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