“I know there are some chicks here waiting to sing ‘Starships’ later, I’m not talking to y’all right now, fuck that bullshit.” “Bullshit! I’m here to talk about real Hip-Hop shit.”
Radio Show Personality Peter Rosenberg-Hot 97 FM NYC at the station’s Summer Jam Music Festival last week
As you might have read or seen last week in the news, PERFORMER Nicki Minaj pulled out of the famous Hot 97 Summer Jam held at the MetLife Stadium. Radio host and record producer Peter Rosenberg apparently ticked off rapper and president of Cash Money Records, Lil’ Wayne, who is under contract with Minaj. Rosenberg was making reference to Nicki’s hit single “Starships” before the concert was set to begin. The radio host then tweeted “”Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” Rosenberg making reference to Wayne’s music camp that also includes Minaj. Hip-Hop icon and DJ Funkmaster Flex, whose had a career with the station for some 22 years, backed Rosenberg on stage during the concert by attacking her current record sales: “You don’t go gold. It’s all your fault,” he said. “I’m dedicated to tearing you down.”
Currently, Nicki Minaj is number #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles charts with her hit “Starships.” Her album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” is number #22 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Minaj was disappointed and hurt by radio Peter Rosenberg’s comments and was a bad publicity stunt on the station and advertiser’s involvement with the station’s big concert. In a interview on New York City’s rival station Power 105.1’s morning show “The Breakfast Club,” Minaj told listeners “After all this has been said and done, I wasn’t gonna do ‘Starships’ and I think people know that.” She later added: “I’m way smarter than that. I know what people wanted to see.” Minaj even revealed that during her perform she was going to surprise music fans with a special guest appearance by rappers Cam’ron and Foxy Brown.
In a what would be a heated interview with DJ Funkmaster Flex and Nicki Minaj, Minaj held her ground telling the famed DJ: “When you invite someone to your home you treat them with respect. Wayne gave me a very, very valuable lesson last night on knowing my worth.”
Right now I have a real beef with the way hip-hop has lost its voice and street credibility. The visual and artistic merit of the way rap has gone hasn’t amounted in the best record sales as well as message that it’s currently being portrayed, especially for women emcees. I grew up in what was hailed as the “golden-era” of hip-hop where each part of the country represented different and unique styles of emcees, producers, and rap groups. The south had groups like Outkast, Goodie Mob, Underground Kings. The midwest had groups and rappers like Bone Thugs and Harmony, Slum Village, Common, Eminem, Hi-Tek. The west had artists like Too Short, E-40, NWA, Ice Cube, The Pharcyde, The Nonce, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg. The east coast introduced layers of the rap game that was both groundbreaking and paved the way to have others emulate how the music would be presented all over the world.
According to Billboard Magazine “since 2000, rap sales dropped 44%, and declined to 10% of all music sales, which, while still a commanding figure when compared to other genres, is a significant drop from the 13% of all music sales where rap music regularly placed.” This again proves my point in that today’s rap artists, or should I say, “faux-hop” stars have diminished the rich diversity of this music called hip-hop.
The females in the rap game today can’t even compare to the talent and depth that Lauryn Hill, Bahamadia, Salt-n-Pepa, MC Lyte, Monie Love, and Queen Latifah back in the day. Nicki Minaj represents what’s wrong with the music. The women I mentioned had a level of class, respect, and dignity when it came to the rap game as well as the messages that they presented in their music. I mean, I agree with radio host Peter Rosenberg in that Nicki’s music isn’t real hip-hop. Again, I call her a “faux-hop” artist dressed in crazy attire to sell records and lead the younger generation astray with mindless subject matter as well as a lack of respect for themselves.
Nicki is never capable of making a classic like “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Or, is Waka Flacka Flame capable of making a Nas’s “Illmatic” or Biggie’s “Ready to Die.” This generation of hip hop artists have been conditioned to rap about nothing to sell mindless music.
Last week’s music feud between Nicki Minaj and the Hot 97 radio personalities didn’t accomplish much but make Minaj laugh all the way to bank. The best way to end and put a stop to the mindless hip-hop that exists on the radio or video is just don’t support it or don’t pay attention to it. Again, this phase of hip-hop shall too pass!
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