By now, most of you know there's A LOT of controversy surrounding Nicki Minaj and HOT 97's Summer Jam show last night.
Nicki Minaj was scheduled to be the headlining act but she refused to go on stage after feeling disrespected by HOT 97 personality Peter Rosenberg when he made a comment about her song "Star Ship".
“I see the real Hip-Hop heads sprinkled in here. I see them. I know there are some chicks here waiting to sing ‘Starships’ later, I’m not talking to y’all right now. F-ck that bullsh-t. I’m here to talk about real Hip-Hop sh-t. People here to see A$AP Rocky today. People here to see ScHoolboy Q on this stage. That’s the sh-t I represent.” (Peter Rosenberg)After Rosenberg made that comment... Lil Wayne decided to pull the plug removing himself, Young Money & Nicki from the lineup only hours before Nicki was due on stage.
“Wow. U ni–az just f-cked up history. But the President has spoken. #YMCMB. Had a HELL of a f-cking lineup. But we won’t b disrespected. I go above and beyond for my fans. But won’t ever go against wayne’s word. What he says goes.” (Nicki Minaj)Ok, i know this might be getting a little confusing, but stay with me... So Nicki and Young Money did not perform. Nicki said she had plans to bring out Nas, Foxy Brown and Lauryn Hill.
So guess who hit the stage by themselves? Nas & Lauryn came out and gave a classic performance (made my night). After their performance Nicki tweeted that she had Nas, Foxy Brown, Lauryn, Camron, Beenie Man scheduled to come out during her show.
Lauryn respects Nicki but she wants to make it clear that it was Nas and not Nicki who invited her to perform on stage. Lauryn also gave her opinion on the whole situation and she's respects artist who stand up for their beliefs.
No disrespect to Nicki, but I need to clear up an inaccuracy. I was not scheduled to be a special guest on her set at Summer Jam, I was invited by Nas to perform with him.
I don't have details on exactly what transpired between the station and the artists, but I do support artists standing by their beliefs, and walking with integrity. We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music, while giving artists their proper respect.
This cannot be done while taking their contributions for granted, or trying to control the scope of their growth and power through threats and fear tactics. We can do better than this, there is a better way, or else 'we' (the proverbial we) find ourselves in danger of being hypocrites!!! (Lauryn Hill)