Nicki Minaj…and her hit single “Starships” were dissed to the high heavens at the 2012 Hot 97 Summer Jam (June 2012) when two of the radio stations most notable DJ’s, Funkmaster Flex and Peter Rosenberg, slammed the Pop/Rap artist for being too “Pop.”
The ill-timed disses came just minutes before Minaj was supposed to headline the annual Hip Hop concert, which caused Nicki’s label boss and mentor Lil Wayne to pull Nicki out of the concert. Although an interesting on-air interview between the offending Funkmaster Flex and Nicki Minaj followed a few days later, the future relationship between Nicki Minaj and Hot 97 Radio remained unclear.
In a recent interview with UK DJ Tim Westwood, Nicki Minaj clears up the ongoing rumors and puts a kibosh on the feud between herself, Wayne and Hot 97.
“I feel like it happened and there is no animosity, I still love them over there at the station. They’ve helped me a lot as well.”
“It’s not like we’re walking around being angry, we just wanted to prove that one point and that was that.”
“I want to let people know that I’m not even getting on your stage if you don’t have your mind right,” Nicki said. “That’s the point. See, if you get on the stage, you’re saying next time you can do it again and we’ll have this exchange.”
[The fact] that Lil Wayne performed “How to Love” at Summer Jam last year, which [Nicki] says isn’t typically the type of song for Hot 97′s demographic, [and] no one dissed him [proves there is a double standard in the Hip Hop music industry]. “My thing is the guys do treat the guys different and maybe they feel Nicki Minaj is something to be played with.”
Nicki sums things up by saying…
“You have your opinions on radio and all that, but when an artist comes to perform you should just keep it to yourself, just for that one day,”
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Although we agree with Minaj…that DJ’s and concert promoters should not invite artists to perform at their events and then diss them publically before their performances, we take issue with Nicki’s reasoning that Lil Wayne’s song “How to Love” is not the type of song Hot 97 listeners listen to. “How to Love” may have a sing-song flow, but IT IS HIP HOP. Wayne did soften his delivery on the hit song, but he did so to speak to and about young women. The song, despite Wayne’s sugary delivery IS…AND SOUNDS LIKE…A HIP HOP SONG.
Minaj’s song “Starships“ on the other hand, is Hip Pop at best and caters heavily to the Beliebers and One Direction fans of the world!
On that same note…While we’re glad Nicki has forgiven Funkmaster Flex and Rosenberg for their offensive actions, we know the real reason Minaj (and Wayne) are letting the beef ride is…DOLLARS AND CENTS! THIS particular Beef is bad for business. Young Money can’t afford NOT to work with Hot 97. WHY? Hot 97 IS New York (a major music market) and they can “Make” or “Break” an artist’s career.
That’s our take on it. What do you think?