Big June from Bklyn here, giving you blacrendies the full story of the highly publicized YMCMB vs HOT 97 summer jam debacle. In all Honesty the only reason why you are getting this story so late is because I wasn’t checking for it. I mean all of these Mofo’s got money and they arguing publicly over a few words said in Jest. When all this bullshyt was going down I was spending quality time with my daughter in a drama free environment, for those two days my whole life was Elmo, yo gabba gabba and the Backyardigans, I wasn’t even on Instagram, but two days after summer Jam my boy calls me and is like “yo! what do you think about the whole nicki manaj situation?” As the story Got laid out to me I was highly disappointed. First with my boy, then with Peter Rosenberg, and then with Hot 97.
Understand, I am an artist 1st and foremost, secondly I used to have my own show that I ran and featured artist some paid, some unpaid but at the end of the day I speak from the knowledge of both sides of the coin. My boy was dissing Nicki Minaj because he felt that not only was Pete Rosenberg right in his assessment of Nicki Minaj’s song, but he also felt that she shouldn’t have been upset and decided to pull out of summer jam because Pete decided to speak his “Opinion” about her Song Starships. I’m watching the video of Peter Rosenberg bashing Nicki Minaj and I’m saying to myself how is hot 97 going to let this shyt pop off like that. I recall in 2006 in the interview with Monie Love and young Jeezy where she lost her job as a radio personality at Philly’s 100.3 The Beat for telling him that hip hop was dead implying that what he does isn’t real hip hop. Rosenberg blatantly said that Nicki Minaj’s song “Starships” was bullshyt. Hot 97 has yet to do any kind of reprimand to Rosenberg what so ever. In fact everybody at Hot 97 including Funkmaster Flex seems to be supporting Rosenburg and taking shot at Nicki
My take is, how can you hire an artist to perform at your show, then insult them just before they come on stage. My boy said that it was “Rosenberg and not Hot 97 that made the disparaging remark”, but Rosenberg is representing hot 97, especially at that moment. Maybe if he would’ve said it during his show in the morning where his fans expect those kinds of comments [which is still wrong] but he was on the summer jam stage and she was about to come out shortly. (see video above). As an artist I know that a move like that is a total disrespect and if hot 97 backs their employee then that means that they agree with him and his actions, and if they agree with him then why did they book her to perform in the first place? Rumor has it that hot 97 and Young Money have had problems in the past. My guess is that it’s the typical scenario, NY very often has little to no respect for southern Hip Hop artist, regardless of the countless times they go out of their way to prove themselves. Either way Lil wayne, as an artist first and a business man second, told all of the young money artist that none of them will be performing at summer Jam, so it wasn’t just Nicki that didn’t perform but the entire young Money camp, which included DJKaled, and other YMCMB artist on the roster. In my opinion, that was a classy move by Lil Wayne. He sent a message that as a business executive he stands behind his artist, respects their craft and demands respect for them from others in the industry. This is the second time Wayne has done this within the past month. Just weeks before the summer Jam concert ( if not less than that) Lil Wayne came out with a dis record aimed at Pusha T (of the rap duo “The Clipse”) titled “Goulish“, in response to a supposed dis record from Pusha T aimed at Drake titled Exodus 23:1, but only after an attack at Pusha T on twitter where he wrote “Fawk Pusha T and anybody That love him” which in-coincidentally was the first line of Goulish.
As an Artist I wouldn’t have let anybody disrespect me like that when asked to perform, especially since Nicki was the biggest selling artist on the bill for summer Jam. As a Promoter I would never let one of my hosts disrespect an artist that I booked to perform at one of my shows, those mawfawkaz are so damn temperamental how could you not expect to damage the relationship with an artist after a comment like that female or not. As a Label Executive, although most wouldn’t do it, the right thing to do is back the artist who makes all the damn money for you and your stockholders. But that’s my opinion, check out the Interview with Funkmaster flex that Nicki Minaj did to clear the air with her fans then leave a comment below stating whether or not you feel she did the right thing
“In my opinion the chickens have come home to roost at Hot 97, for years they’ve promoted uninspiring Hip Hip and R&B and because of that genres have lost some validity, now they wanna blame Nicki? I’m not a fan, but cmon Hot 97″… Blacren
Niki Manaj Photo: Louis Sinco
Launched in 2008 Blacren.com dedicated itself to becoming a multi-media tastemaker for all things relevant to art, music and pop culture. Read More