News: Jay-Z Breaks Silence On Lil Mama's VMAs Crash, "I Was A Little Angry"
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 6:00PM
Jay-Z has broken his silence on Lil Mama's Video Music Awards 2009 performance interruption earlier this month and said the move was as inappropriate as Kanye West's show-stopping rant towards country singer Taylor Swift.
In addition to revealing his disappointment with Lil Mama, Hov said he did understand how her excitement led the rapper to the stage.
"Me, personally, I would never do that," Hov told radio personality Angie Martinez. "I would never have the nerve to do that. It's just like, someone's up there performing...we went through rehearsals, we did run throughs and we worked really hard at the performance to put on a show for people and to interrupt that moment for us, you know, I don't think that was the right thing to do. I actually thought it was the equivalent of what Kanye did to Taylor Swift...And I'm cool with her being excited and all that but you have to understand, people put in work to make that performance happen, that took weeks...I was a little angry to be honest, but what I'ma do, fight Lil Mama? [laughs]" (Hot 97)
Despite appearing calm on-stage, early reports claimed Jay addressed his issues with MTV staff regarding Lil Mama's show-stealing move.
How mad was Jay-Z when rapper Lil Mama muscled into his duet with Alicia Keys at the MTV Video Music Awards? Though he tried to stay cool onstage, a backstage source tells us, "He went ballistic. He was screaming at the MTV producers about the lack of security. He apparently thought at first she was just a fan. Beyonce finally calmed him down." (New York Daily News)
Keys recently talked about Lil Mama's unexpected stage crash and said the young emcee should have remained seated.
"I would rather not speak about [it] because the performance was so phenomenal it doesn't even matter about anything else," Keys explained in an interview last week. "Jay-Z and I are native New Yorkers, it's kind of a classic New York song like new Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli...I can appreciate her being overwhelmed and inspired but we would have preferred she did it from her seat..." ("The Today Show")
While Mama did not initially appear alongside the duo, she did step on the stage towards the end of their performance.
Towards the end of Jay-Z's performance of 'Empire State of Mind' with Alicia Keys, rapper and 'America's Best Dance Crew' judge Lil Mama hopped up on stage and for a few seconds was standing on the side dancing. Jay-Z at one point patted her on the leg as a hint to go back to her seat, but Mama didn't get the message. (Pop Eater)
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