The backlash of Hot 97 and Nicki Minaj‘s post-Summer Jam concert no-show continues to ignite the Internet with one-time Power 105.1 radio host Ed Lover coming to the Young Money artist’s defense.
In Ed’s perspective, Minaj has proven herself as a legit emcee who is ranked amongst hip-hop pioneers and platinum-selling rappers.
“You can’t look at anybody that crosses over and achieves pop appeal as a sellout, because that’s what you’re trying to do when you put a record out,” Ed Lover said. “So if Nicki Minaj ain’t real hip-hop, then Public Enemy wasn’t real hip-hop, then Run-DMC wasn’t real hip-hop, then Eminem ain’t real hip-hop.” (MTV)
Lover’s former “Yo! MTV Raps” co-host Doctor Dre also weighed in on the publicized situation.
“First of all, Nicki Minaj was the only one who ruined 55,000 fans’ expectations of the night. It has nothing to do with [Peter] Rosenberg. You go out there and you perform for your fans,” he said. While Dre feels that Nicki should have performed that night, he also believes Rosenberg was out of line. “We have too many what I call ‘semi-super experts’ who always try to redefine hip-hop from its infancy,” he argued. (MTV)
Hot 97’s Peter Rosenbeg 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”)