It looks like Nicki Minaj has gotten herself into quite a jam. On Sunday, New York City’s major hip hop radio station, Hot 97, held their yearly Summer Jam concert. But it was met with an unexpected controversy after one of the station’s DJs, Peter Rosenberg, made an insult about Minaj’s music, causing her to pull out of her scheduled performance.
While introducing upcoming Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, Rosenberg said, “We’re all about that real hip-hop, not ‘Starships,'” referring to Minaj’s current pop-friendly single. Naturally, this didn’t sit well with Minaj or her YMCMB label leader Lil Wayne who quickly took to Twitter to express his outrage.
“Young Money ain’t doing summer jam,” Lil Wayne tweeted, and a social media post from Minaj shortly followed. “I go above and beyond for my fans. But won’t ever go against Wayne’s word,” she wrote in regards to Wayne’s Summer Jam cancellation request. “What he says, goes.”
But the singer’s problems were far from over. Once she withdrew from the concert, Hot 97’s DJ Funkmaster Flex began to rain down a hailstorm of hate in Minaj’s direction, even threatening to ruin her career. However, Minaj decided to be a guest on his show Monday night to confront the situation head-on — which is exactly what they did.
Obviously, it turned into quite the heated conversation, but Minaj stood her ground and insisted to Flex that Rosenberg (who has made no attempt to apologize) chose the wrong time and place to voice his negative opinions. “It’s not about his opinion, because I have opinions about DJs on Hot 97 and I have opinions on Hot 97,” she said. “But when it’s about us uniting people [for] your show, I wouldn’t dare come on your stage and say something negative about Hot 97, leading up to that concert.”
Flex countered that she overreacted by pulling out of the show, and accused her of riling up fans on Twitter before dealing with the issue internally. But the 29-year-old star backed Lil Wayne’s decision 100 percent, saying that she agreed with him that it felt like unnecessary, vindictive attack on her music. She also went on to address Flex’s earlier rant about her and made questionable remarks about her music sales. “When you give stats to the world, people listen to you, and it’s important that people know Nicki Minaj is actually out here selling records, singles and making money for Universal,” she said while rattling off the impressive sales numbers she’s raked in with Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
And while neither party will be inviting each other over for Thanksgiving dinner anytime in the near future, Flex did end up confessing that Rosenberg could’ve picked a better time to criticize her, though he did still try to get an apology out of her — to which she rightfully replied: “Excuse me?” No radio station that allowed someone to disrespect me is getting an apology.” And that’s a rap wrap!