By Becky Bain
Nicki Minaj's spat with radio powerhouse Hot 97 is becoming only more venomous. After Nicki called into Funkmaster Flex's radio show to explain her reasons for pulling out of Summer Jam, the DJ who dissed Minaj originally is weighing in once again. "I need it be clear: I gave an opinion on a song," said Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg, whose comments at the New York fest ignited the dispute. "And Nicki Minaj and [her label] Young Money decided to skip Summer Jam. Because of an opinion, not a personal attack, nothing derogatory because she's a woman."
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The controversy began when Rosenberg criticized Minaj's single "Starships" at the music festival. "I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with 'Starships' later," he said to the crowd. "I'm not talking to y'all now. F--- that bulls---. I'm here to talk about real hip-hop s---." The dis resulted in Lil Wayne pulling his entire Young Money roster off the lineup at the last minute, including Minaj, the night's headliner.
On the heels of Minaj's tense conversation with Funkmaster Flex, Rosenberg offered no quarter. In fact, he dinged the song again on Tuesday (June 5), calling it "girly-ass dance-pop" and suggested that Minaj's camp overreacted.
"That's why music is so mediocre nowadays, because no one can give opinions," says Rosenberg. "If you give an opinion, cats hate you, their crew skips your concert, they dis you on twitter, their boyfriends threaten to punch you in the face." (Rosenberg is referencing Nicki's boyfriend, Safaree "SB" Samuels, who tweeted a profanity-laden threat that he would punch Rosenberg at Summer Jam.)
"Nicki's boyfriend went on Twitter and said he was going to punch me in the face because I don't like a pop dance song that his girlfriend made," he says. "My fans — and by that I mean, not fans of me, fans of real hip-hop, appreciated what I said -- The world is not just Barbz. The world is not just 16-year-old girls. There are a lot of people out there who feel that they don't like music like that. Not all of her music, the song that I specifically referenced."
"She's had a lot of good moments. 'Starships' ain't one of them, and it represents the opposite of real hip-hop," he adds.
"Regardless of whether the time was good or not, the fact that she then pulled out and Young Money pulled out, means I will never apologize for that. Never."
We have a feeling this beef is far from over. Who's on the wrong side: Nicki and Young Money, for pulling out of a show based on a DJ's insult? Or Rosenberg, for blasting the headliner of his radio show's summer showcase?