News: Kendrick Lamar Rides Behind Nicki Minaj, Hot 97 Summer Jam No-Show [Video]
Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 9:21AM
Despite Peter Rosenberg's divisive introduction contrasting him from Nicki Minaj, West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar has stepped up to defend the Young Money star's decision to snub last weekend's Summer Jam concert.
Rather than bash Hot 97, Lamar simply said he completely understood why Minaj fell back from taking over the stage later in the evening.
Lightly touching on the matter earlier today (June 6) during his appearance on Power 105.1?s The Breakfast Club morning show, K. Dot mentioned not being aware of the issue before he hit the stage. "Man, I was backstage I didn't even know that, that was going on onstage," he replied about the incident. "I would be hot, she got all the right reasons to be [upset] and do all that she did." When asked if he would still perform if in that scenario, the former XXL Freshman answered, "I'd still perform though." (XXL Mag)
Not only getting support from Lamar, Summer Jam surprise guest performer Nas also stood up for Minaj this week.
"I've been there before and things like that happen every couple of years. I guess this is the second time something has happened like that between the artist and the radio station. We don't always agree and the nature of hip-hop can be aggressive and get real gangsta on you now and then. That's just what it is. These things happen," Nas explained. "[YMCMB's] situation was different than mine and I'm not clear on all of it, but of course when it happened with me years ago, it was based on the Jay-Z drama and a whole bunch of other stuff. Her situation is based on something different between her and her camp. Eventually I got cool with Hot 97 and they got cool with me. It's one hip-hop family, and that's how it should be at the end of the day." (Rap-Up)
A few days ago, Rosenberg killed speculation claiming he intentionally used Summer Jam to call out the female emcee.
"In addition to the morning show, I do an underground show on Sunday nights, I host all of our showcases, I interview underground artists at my house, that's kind of who I am," Rosenberg said. "So when I went out there, I wasn't really thinking about it, I was just trying to hype up all of the fans who were there to see Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, more of the underground acts. It just sort of came out. I did not anticipate the backlash." (TMZ)
Despite his stance, the platinum-selling rapper said she still felt disrespected at the end of the day.
"I wasn't going to do 'Starships' and I think everybody knows that,'" Minaj told hosts DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee. "I'm way smarter than that. I know what people wanted to see. I think it was just someone trying to be sarcastic -- it was improper timing, it was in bad taste. Everybody makes mistakes but you've got to own your mistake. That's the problem. When you don't own it, then people feel like, 'Oh, okay, you feel like you can do this in the future and get away with it,' and that's the problem. ... I don't want an apology. I don't care about an apology. ... " ("The Breakfast Club")
Check out Kendrick Lamar's interview below: