Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has no plans to give New York’s Hot 97 an apology for pulling his Young Money team from performing at its Summer Jam concert earlier this month and now defends his swift action.
According to Weezy F. Baby, disrespecting Nicki Minaj cost Hot 97 a Young Money takeover.
“That’s a female; first and foremost Nicki Minaj is a female. I don’t know what anyone else believes, but I believe females deserve the ultimate respect at all times no matter, when or where or how,” Wayne said in an interview. “As soon as she called me and told me she felt disrespected, I just declined everything — I pulled her from the show because … no person that works with me will be disrespected in my presence as long as I’m on this planet.” (MTV)
Recently, Minaj revealed plans to put on her own free New York City concert.
“Just run the entire interview. Don’t chop nothing else. I will tell you this one last thing: When I sat in the restaurant last night with my team, Beenie [Man] said, Nicki: Do you know what would happen if someone in Jamaica went on stage last night before I performed to the crowd? He said n*ggas would be in the hos-pit-al. But let me tell you: Nothing is worse than going home and having not played a gig. I just wanna leave with saying this: I’m gonna make this up to my fans. And I want my fans to know, nothing, no radio station, no one can alter our relationship. I have a very personal relationship with my fans, and I’m truly sorry that people’s nights were ruined. You guys have no idea, I’ve gone through hell and back. I’m not a quitter. I show up and perform. I went with my team’s decision, and I made history, and the next time I come out, people won’t disrespect me. And for once, I feel like I’ve really really shown the world, I love and respect myself, and people aren’t gonna go there any more. And you know what, Flex? Hit me on the email, it’s all good.” (“Funkmaster Flex Show”)
Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg ultimately caught the blame for Minaj’s no-show after dissing her “Starships” record at the event.
“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)
Minaj has since come forward to discuss what went down and called Rosenberg out for showing disrespect to one of the only female artists billed to perform.
“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”)