Nicki Minaj Explains Summer Jam Cancellation, Lauryn Hill Shows Support
After pulling out of her scheduled performance at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012, Nicki Minaj has explained her consideration in making such move. Speaking to Funk Master Flex via phone, the Young Money femcee claimed it was not solely about herself, but it was about her fans.
"What happened was this, my fans didn't appreciate his [Peter Rosenberg] comments," so the Trinidadian-born rapper told the radio's DJ. "Like I told you Flex, this was not about 2,000 people that he talking to. This was streamed to the world. That stream was posted on my website," she said of the event that was streamed online.
"It's not about his opinion, because I have opinions about DJS at Hot 97 and hot 97. I wouldn't dare come on your stage leading put that concur," she went on elaborating. "Everybody is grown enough to keep their opinions to their self. When you disrespect Nicki Minaj, you're disrespecting my fans. Don't make those three million people...that their inferior for their personal taste in music."
Expecting to receive better treatment from the show's host, Minaj added, "When you invite somebody to your home, you treat somebody with respect." The Harajuku Barbie went on claiming that she's not a quitter, but Rosenberg's diss forced her to skip the show. "Nobody would have even known I had a problem with this. I'm not a quitter and I don't back down from anything," so she insisted.
Of Lil Wayne who ordered Young Money's artists to scrap their performances at the hip-hop summit, Minaj said, "Wayne gave me a very good lesson on knowing my worth. Wayne has been my mentor, Wayne got me in this game. Lil Wayne gave me a lesson self worth."
Supporting Minaj's decision to cancel her performance was Lauryn Hill, who joined Nas on the stage of Summer Jam. "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," so she tweeted. "We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music, while giving artists their proper respect."
The former member of The Fugees continued stressing, "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!!!"
Minaj bailed on the Sunday, June 3 concert held by Hot 97 after Rosenberg reportedly called her song "Starship" a "wack a** " in front of the crowd. "Young Money ain't doing summer jam," Weezy soon tweeted, while Minaj responded to it by writing on her own Twitter, "I go above and beyond for my fans. But won't ever go against wayne's word. What he says, goes."
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