Singer Nicki Minaj, who was to be one of the headlining acts at the large gathering called the “Hot 97’s Summer Jam” festival in East Rutherford, N.J., decided to pull out of performing at the last minute due to an insult from some of the radio station DJs.
Before Minaj was to hit the stage Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg went on to denounce Minaj and her song “Starships” as not real hip hop to the crowd. He announced that his radio station was “all about that real hip-hop.”
He then said, “I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with ‘Starships’ later,” he chided. “I’m not talking to y’all right now,” before going on a curse laced tirade about the song.
At the same time, another Hot 97 DJ, Funkmaster Flex, joined in the bashing by saying “We don’t … with commercial artists no more. We don’t give a … if you commercial or pop and you afraid to touch down in Jersey.”
Insulted by this Minaj and her boss decided she was not going to perform. Lil Wayne, who runs the Young Money record label, that has Minaj under their wing, announced that all Young Money artists were canceling their appearances at the concert because of the remarks.
“Young Money ain’t doing summer jam,” Wayne tweeted.
After having some choice words for the radio station staff Minaj tweeted, “The President has spoken! I go above and beyond for my fans. But won’t ever go against wayne’s word. What he says, goes.”
The station then got an influx of criticism for booking the singer then going on ahead of her just to insult and disrespect her, and also tweeted they were following in her footsteps in protest out of the stadium before the show concluded.
The station scrambled to get Minaj’s spot filled by performer “Nas” who performed with Lauryn Hill.
The day after the concert Minaj called into the Funkmaster Flex show and got into a heated argument with the DJ over the comments made and her walking out.
Minaj told the DJ, “I travel all over the world and people come to have a good time, not to have their favorite artist ridiculed. When you disrespect Nicki Minaj … you’re disrespecting my fans. Don’t make those 3 million people who downloaded ‘Starships’ or whatever feel inferior for their tastes. When you invite someone to their home, you treat them with respect.”
Meanwhile, an unapologetic Rosenberg went on to tweet, “Last night I said nothing different than I have ever said. It was not a personal dis [sic]. It was starships is [expletive]. WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS TRUE.”