You’re Killin’ Me: Hot 97
What a mess. First Rosenberg criticizes Nicki on stage and Lil Wayne catches wind of it. Subsequently, Young Money cancels their Summer Jam appearances leaving Hot 97 hanging. Thankfully Nas came through. But like Hot 97 wasn’t already in enough trouble with Rosenberg’s comment, Funk MasterFlex also joined in and vowed to destroy Nicki Minaj’s career. A day later, Nicki called Flex and had him back peddling throughout the heated conversation. Since then, twitter and hip-hop blogs have been flooded with Summer Jam talk. Why did Nicki drop out? Why did Rosenberg say that? But my question is why Hot 97 didn’t resolve this issue and get Nicki on stage? True, the comment was ill-timed, and Nicki rightly felt like she was disrespected therefore she quit Summer Jam. Why didn’t this get taken care of behind the scenes? Hot 97 you’re killin’ me.
It was Rosenberg’s opinion, and I respect that to the fullest. He can say whatever he wants, but he can’t say it whenever he wants. Criticizing your headliner hours before she hits the stage was boneheaded. Rosenberg’s job was to host, not review Nicki’s work. Whether you agree with his statement or not, it’s inarguable that his comment was unnecessary.
Rosenberg’s comment was the drop that filled the cup. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Nicki Minaj has had her fair share of criticism since going “mainstream.” So she just had enough of the disrespect. It was especially hurtful since she was headlining the event and this dude was just dissing her. This after the station booked her and sold tickets off her name. C’mon? Only a fool would go on stage. A fool with no self respect. People say she should’ve performed for the fans and blah blah blah. The true fans, the ones that bought a Summer Jam ticket because of Nicki, I think 99% of them agreed with Nicki and understood her decision. Most people saying that she should’ve performed are non-Nicki fans that would never pay to watch her perform, so why should we care about them? We should be looking at the real fans and see if they got upset, and they obviously weren’t because nobody has tweeted me a petition to boycott Nicki, ha. Plus, she’s going to do a free show for her fans. Bottom line, Rosenberg was wrong, and Nicki was right.
Nobody ever thought that Nicki had the courage to quit the hip-hop Super Bowl, especially over some criticism. Well she quit because she was trying to send a message to all those who choose to use disrespectful views on the Queen of YM. Nobody took her seriously which is why I think Hot 97 failed at solving this issue and getting Nicki to perform. They would’ve saved themselves from a YKM and a lot of embarrassment. Ebro had a million things on his mind, but I would think that the headliner quitting would take priority. Hot 97 you’re kllin’ me.
Then Funkmaster Flex decided to throw his hand into the mix. During a short lived rant, Flex promised to stop supporting all mainstream rappers, obviously throwing shots at YMCMB. Did I say he was doing this while he played Rihanna in the background. Rihanna isn’t a rapper but she represents mainstream music. I found the irony hilarious. Anyways, after that Nicki phoned Flex. During the conversation Flex tucked his tail between his legs and ran for the nearest exit. He back peddled and even went as far as to say he supported Nicki’s music. A couple of days before he vowed to end her career. Flex, you’re killin’ me.
I have no problem with Hot 97, or Rosenberg, or Ebro, or Flex, but this incident was horrid. Rosenberg showed lack of professionalism, and Hot 97 failed at problem resolution. A lot of you Nicki haters are probably about to tell me about how much I suck and how you are so smart because you listen to this and that, but please open your mind. Look past Nicki’s music and look at the situation at hand. This was an issue of self respect which turned into a demostration of YMCMB’s power. I mean, who knew Young Money could cause so much trouble? Ha. Nicki Minaj was completely just in cancelling her appearance. Nobody besides Hot 97 got hurt because Nicki’s fans understood the situation. I applaud Young Money for standing up for themselves. Peter & Hot 97 have the freedom to say whatever they want, and nobody should get offended, but they can’t criticize their Summer Jam headliner hours before she goes on stage. It’s not the place or time to do so. Peter what were you thinkin’? Flex what were you sayin’? Hot 97 You’re killin’ me.