Dr. Dre & Kendrick Lamar Weigh In On Nicki Minaj’s Shutdown Summer Jam Performance
The West Coast has weighed in on Nicki Minaj canceling her Hot 97 Summer Jam set due to lack of respect. Dr. Dre speaks out and who doesn’t like the answer of, “Nicki Minaj was the only one who ruined 55,000 fans’ expectations of the night?” Pretty much. He didn’t sway away from dishing out some of the blame to Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg, calling some industry folks “semi-super experts” on their opinion of the music. Kendrick Lamar defended Minaj but also said he still would’ve performed. Personally, if you have that many people waiting on you… Do your job and take one on the chin. The conflict could’ve waited after everyone was entertained. That was the point, right? Everyone having a good time…
West Coast rap veteran Dr. Dre has come forward to offer his take on the current dispute between Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg and rap star Nicki Minaj after she pulled a no-show at last weekend’s Summer Jam concert.
Rather than pick sides, the Doc simply pointed out why both parties are at fault.
According to Gigwise, in a recent interview, Dre said, “First of all, Nicki Minaj was the only one who ruined 55,000 fans’ expectations of the night. It has nothing to do with Rosenberg. You go out there and you perform for your fans.” He wasn’t finished. About Rosenberg, he said, “We have too many what I call ‘semi-super experts’ who always try to redefine hip hop from its infancy. She’s an artist whether I like her or I don’t like her. My daughter loves her and thinks that she’s the world, and that’s the case.” (Fuse TV)
This week, Dre’s protégé Kendrick Lamar also offered his two cents on the matter.
Lightly touching on the matter earlier today (June 6) during his appearance on Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club morning show, K. Dot mentioned not being aware of the issue before he hit the stage. “Man, I was backstage I didn’t even know that, that was going on onstage,” he replied about the incident. “I would be hot, she got all the right reasons to be [upset] and do all that she did.” When asked if he would still perform if in that scenario, the former XXL Freshman answered, “I’d still perform though.” (XXL Mag)
A few days ago, Rosenberg killed speculation claiming he intentionally used Summer Jam to call out the female emcee.
“In addition to the morning show, I do an underground show on Sunday nights, I host all of our showcases, I interview underground artists at my house, that’s kind of who I am,” Rosenberg said. “So when I went out there, I wasn’t really thinking about it, I was just trying to hype up all of the fans who were there to see Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, more of the underground acts. It just sort of came out. I did not anticipate the backlash.” (TMZ)
Despite his claim, the platinum-selling rapper said she still felt disrespected by Rosenberg’s remarks.
“I wasn’t going to do ‘Starships’ and I think everybody knows that,’” Minaj told hosts DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee. “I’m way smarter than that. I know what people wanted to see. I think it was just someone trying to be sarcastic — it was improper timing, it was in bad taste. Everybody makes mistakes but you’ve got to own your mistake. That’s the problem. When you don’t own it, then people feel like, ‘Oh, okay, you feel like you can do this in the future and get away with it,’ and that’s the problem. … I don’t want an apology. I don’t care about an apology. … ” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Word Eye Heard Staff