News: Lil Mama To Jay-Z, "I Would Never Get Up There & Try To Disrespect"
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009 6:00PM
Rapper Lil Mama has spoken on her unscripted appearance next to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys at last weekend's Video Music Awards and said she never meant any disrespect to the rap mogul.
Lil Mama also pointed out how she realized what Jay meant by referring to her as 'T-Pain' during the performance.
"I didn't know what Jay said," Lil Mama explained in an interview. "I thought he was like, 'OK, enjoying the moment with me, interacting,' which was after I walked up. But after watching it from home, watching myself on the Internet, I'm bouncing and I'm coming up toward Jay-Z and he's backing up. And my emotions at the time was like a vibe, like, 'Yeah, New York.' I was definitely caught up in the moment. He was backing up and when I got home I realized [he said], 'Oh, you gonna T-Pain it, huh.' I realized it when I got home. Now that I'm home, I was like, 'Wow, Jay-Z wasn't feeling it.' I would never get up there and try to disrespect Jay-Z or take a moment that someone else created and try to live it. I'm too original for that and I respect him too much for that. To Jay in particular, as a Brooklyn native -- who I am also -- in that moment it was nothing but respect and honor...It was a joyous moment. Whenever we share happiness or a celebration takes place, usually it's graceful, it's never to disrespect. I never meant any harm. I was enjoying myself and I was enjoying his performance. I got love for him and I love you, [Jay-Z]." (MTV)
According to Jay-Z's rep, Mama's on-stage presence was not scheduled into the billing.
We've reached out to Lil Mama and Jay-Z's camps to see if they can clarify just what happened there. (UPDATE: A representative for Jay-Z tells EW she has 'No clue how it happened.') (Entertainment Weekly)
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)
Rappers like Fabolous and Bow Wow shared their Twitter reactions on Lil Mama.
"I love 2 see new hip hop artist do there thang. great look 4 @wale and @kidkudi. specially @wale with him performing between breaks. DC," he penned. "But then she hit da pose at da end tho! i mean i give it to er. gnr...she had guts. but d*mn.. not during a jay z alicia keys set. cmon...The lil mama incident is so f*ckin hilarious, i cant look at it no more. seriously. sh*t got me in tears laughing. i mean... im speechless" (Bow Wow's Twitter)
Check out the performance below: