SOHH Whatcha Think: Recap Of Minaj Flexin' On The Funkmaster

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 9:03AM

Written by Jeezis Peace

As we stated on Twitter late last night, listening to the Hot 97 interview with Flex and Nicki Minaj felt like a couple inviting you over for dinner then arguing with each other -- sh*t was interesting, then just got real awkward and repetitive so you slowly make your way to the door. The hour-long ego match got old quick, and, like most fights between people with huge egos, absolutely nothing was gained when it was all said and done.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

Well I guess that's not entirely true: The radio station probably had an insane amount of listeners tune in to hear Flex "ruin a career" (a threat he made that didn't actually pan out) and Nicki got more free press. Ironically, her non-performance at Summer Jam has become a bigger event than her actual performance would have been. Just my two cents. The interview was hella long, but here are a few highlights, including Nicki retelling the moment the decision was made for her not to perform at the show.

Flex. I need you to breathe. You're not even listening and I need you to simma. For three hours, we emailed [Hot 97 manager Ebro Darden], and actually, my manager was the first person to tell me: Yo, you're not going on that stage. Wayne was the second person. For three hours, we could not get a resolution. [CEO of Hip Hop Since 1978] G. Roberson emailed me, and said: Hey, I need you on the phone. Ebro said 'Let me get to the bottom of this.' You know I love Ebro. After he sent that email, we never heard back.(The Observer)

A few laughworthy moments included Flex insisting that he's not scared of Wayne, which, no one suggested he was. He said it at least twice and went on to say it was a bad move on behalf of YMCMB to pull Nicki from the show.

But now I take it to Wayne. And he should not have made that call. If people are on the phone when they already know that Nicki's not performing, we feel like we're up against the wall. But how're we gonna fix this? Wayne's wearing two hats. He's artist and label. Wayne was a featured guest. The fans didn't buy the tickets to see Wayne, they bought them to see Nicki Minaj. As the label guy, I was diappointed.(Hot 97)

Nicki yelled. Flex yelled. Boo hoo, sad story. It all came across as yet another opportunity to rack up some radio face-off numbers because, well, nothing was really resolved. Nicki made no promises of ever returning to Summer Jam, Flex ruined not a single career, and the man behind the fiasco -- Peter Rosenberg didn't lose anything besides a few Twitter followers that actually think "Starships" is the hottest sh*t out since ... whatever the f*ck they listened to before "Starships."

I got it, I got your feelings. Are you gonna let me talk? You've already made your opinion clear, and nobody's opinions seem to be changing. I just want to apologize to my fans for what happened last night, and like I said on Twitter, I'm going to make it up to them with a free concert. And they said you know what Hot 97? When you want our team to come to your show, treat us with respect. And that's all we're asking. We're not asking for any special treatment. Just respect. And I'm very proud of my team, and the way they stood behind me--and I'm very happy to show my female fans in that audience, and even my gay fans in that audience, when I'm coming to your home, respect me. It's no longer comedy. Wayne doesn't take me as a joke.(Hot 97)

SOHH Watcha Think: Was Flex legitimately upset about Minaj's Summerjam antics (I mean, maybe he really, really wanted to hear "Starships" live) or was this just another opportunity for him to scream at a lady and stop the city for a night? Check out a look at some acts that actually made it on stage below:

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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