Nas Weighs In On Nicki Minaj’s Summer Jam Controversy and how he linked with Lauryn Hill for the Hot97 Summer Jam.
Nas who said he has been in situations like this, can relate to Nicki Minaj, and states Hip Hop can be “aggressive” and that “these things happen”.
After Nicki Minaj got word from her manager and her mentor Lil Wayne she followed suit and refused to perform at Hot 97’s Summer Jam, because Peter Rosenberg dissed her music and called her a fake hip hop artist. His remark was about her song “Starships”, but his remark came off too harsh and made it look like he was speaking about all her music. That is where the problem lays. Nicki set the record straight to Funkmaster Flex in an hour-long on air discussion.
“This situation was different than mine and I’m not clear on all of it, but of course when it happened with me years ago, it was based on the Jay-Z drama and a whole bunch of other stuff. Her situation is based on something different between her and her camp. Eventually I got cool with Hot 97 and they got cool with me. It’s one hip-hop family, and that’s how it should be at the end of the day.”
Nas also explained to Rap-Up in the wake of the festival
“I’ve been there before and things like that happen every couple of years. I guess this is the second time something has happened like that between the artist and the radio station. We don’t always agree and the nature of hip-hop can be aggressive and get real gangsta on you now and then. That’s just what it is. These things happen.”
“I think it was just really messy. When you’re in the heat of that moment, no one has time to inform anybody, but we spoke after briefly and it seemed like it was a crazy situation for her to handle. When put in that position, it’s no easy thing and I guess I was in support of her, in support of Hot 97. I’ve been there before, so at the end of the day, it could be fixed. It’s one hip-hop family, let’s unify it.”
Nas also talked on how he linked with Lauryn Hill, to bring her out as a surprise guest during his performance at the Hot97 Summer Jam.
“Nicki had asked me to come out during her set and so I figured that would be a great way to go into my show. I only wanted to bring out Lauryn during my set, so she was with it. That’s my sister,” said Nas, noting that he would “love to” collaborate with her again. “I don’t really keep in touch with anyone except my family. Artists, we’re too busy to be in touch, but we’ve seen each other through the years and it’s just love.”