In hip-hop, beef is nothing new, and Nicki Minaj has made it clear that she's up for a fight.
The platinum-selling MC has been embroiled in drama ever since she pulled out of New York City's legendary Summer Jam concert on Saturday after a DJ made some unsavory - and very public - comments about her music at the event, just hours before she was slated to perform.
Peter Rosenberg, a DJ for the radio station Hot 97, which sponsors Summer Jam, blasted Minaj's "commercial" sensibilities, specifically labeling her song "Starships" as low-quality pop drivel. Once Lil Wayne, the head of Minaj's hip-hop crew Young Money, heard the dig, he tweeted that no one in the collective - which includes Busta Rhymes and DJ Khaled - would take the stage that night. When renowned Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex stepped in to take over her vacated time slot, he also bashed Nicki.
On Monday, Minaj and Flex chopped it up in a heated, hour-long radio interview in which the popular femcee defended her decision to ditch the show, citing disrespect from Rosenberg, and suggesting she wouldn't have received the same criticism if she was a male MC. Flex argued that Minaj should have taken the stage and not just blindly follow Weezy's decision. Minaj ultimately refused to apologize to the radio station for the brouhaha, but said she's planning an additional concert for her Summer Jam fans who missed out.
Meanwhile, Rosenberg and Minaj don't seem to have been able to patch things up, as the "Super Bass" rapper told rival New York station Power 105.1 that she doesn't even want an apology from Rosenberg. Good thing, too, because Rosenberg said he has no plans to apologize.
So, whose side are you on? Should Minaj have just played the show, regardless of what Rosenberg said? Should Rosenberg have made those comments at the event - or at all? Let us know what you think.
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