Last weekend, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium hosted the Hot 97’s Summer Jam festival, one of the largest annual hip-hop events. Scheduled to perform (among others) were Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes, but none of these artists made it to the stage.
Why? You may ask. And the answer is because of a little comment that Hot 97 radio DJ Peter Rosenberg threw out while introducing Kendrick Lamar. “We’re all about that real hip-hop,” he told the audience. “I know there are some chicks in here wating to sing along with “Starships” later. I’m not talking to y’all right now. Fuck that bullshit.” That bullshit he is referring to is, of course, Minaj’s current single off her latest album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Lil Wayne, who runs Minaj’s Young Money label, was not too happy about this statement, and immediately tweeted, “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” Minaj had his back, tweeting, “The president has spoken,” and, “I go above and beyond for my fans. But won’t ever go against Wayne’s word. What he says, goes.”
The decision to pull all Young Money acts consequently meant yanking DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes as well. Nas, who was meant to be one of Minaj’s special guests, ended up replacing her and bringing up Lauren Hill for several songs.
According to TMZ, Minaj has vowed to never play the festival again. Watch TMZ’s exclusive interview with Rosenberg below.
Update: Listen to Nicki Minaj vs. Funkmaster Flex discuss the Hot 97 diss controversy. [Via DDot Omen]